Margate’s Tracey Emin receives damehood in King’s Birthday Honours

Tracey Emin with the My Bed installation in 2017

Margate’s Tracey Emin has been made a Dame in the King’s Birthday Honours.

The Margate artist is a recipient of the  Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire honour.

She is among 130 people from the South East to have received honours in HM The King’s Birthday Honours List 2024, published last night by the Cabinet Office.

Tracey Emin

Emin burst onto the scene with the Young British Artists of the ’90s with confrontational pieces like her appliquéd tent listing Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995, and her Turner Prize–nominated My Bed, reproducing her unmade bed after a four-day bender, with crumpled sheets, spent condoms, empty vodka bottles and a pregnancy test.

Photo Frank Leppard

In January 2017, she bought her 30,000-square-foot stretch of the Thanet Press building in Margate and created a flat and studios.

In 2020 the artist received a diagnosis of bladder cancer and  underwent an operation in the Summer which meant the removal of many of her female reproductive organs. She now also has a stoma bag but is in remission from the cancer.

Photo Frank Leppard

In 2022 she was made an Honorary Freewoman of Margate in recognition of her international acclaim as an artist and her investment in the cultural and physical environment of Margate.

The following year she opened TKE Studios (Tracey Karima Emin) and her artist residency project in Margate, adding to her growing portfolio of investment in the town which includes the former Margate Constitutional Club and One Union Crescent.

Official opening of TKE Photo Frank Leppard

The 60-year-old  bought the former Edwardian bathhouse, mortuary and children’s nursery in November 2021 for £750,000. She has spent upwards of £1million renovating and refurbishing the site.

She also owns The Brown Jug pub in Broadstairs.

Recipients from South East make up 13% of the total number of recipients receiving honours this year.

Also named in the awards is Michelle Weltman, of Birchington, who is made Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for voluntary and charitable services to Disability Sport and to the LGBTQI Sporting community in London.

Anyone can nominate someone for an honour. If you know someone who has achieved fantastic things worthy of recognition, you can nominate them at https://www.gov.uk/honours.

13 Comments

  1. I went to school with her, she was a twat then and is a twat now however she does love Margate for some reason!

  2. WHAT A JOKE – U CALL THAT ART IN THE TURNER CENTER- I PUT MY BED IN THERE TOO WITH MY BOXER SHORTS AND SOCKS ALL UNWASHED. PLUS MY BEER CANS.

  3. Fabulous – she has done a lot for art and artists. A brave woman dealing with cancer and good for Margate imho

  4. She’s a terrible artist, just like Madonna is a terrible singer. But they’re both brilliant at hype and publicity – hence, much deserved.

  5. Does a lot for Margate probably more than most in recent years. Not sure about her art but if someone wants to spend a lot on it then it is worth that value, good luck to her and please carry on supporting the town, and area in general

  6. scandalous , this honours system needs abolishing , its a nonsense from a bygone age . if somebody can get these honours for throwing paint around and trying to be a female bob geldof what price does it put on the work of surgeons and doctors , and the real silent achievers ?

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