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Tracey Emin's first major solo exhibition in hometown Margate to open this weekend

  • Date: 23 May 2012
  • Area: National, South East
Blue neon sign against black backdrop reading "She lay down deep beneath the sea"

Tracey Emin, She Lay down Deep Beneath The Sea, 2012 Neon [aquamarine] © the artist courtesy of White Cube . Credit: Ben Westoby

She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea, Tracey Emin's first major solo exhibition at the Turner Contemporary, in her hometown Margate, is set to open this Saturday 26 May.

The exhibition will run until 23 September and is part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad of which Arts Council England is a principal funder.

Emin conceived the show especially for her hometown Margate, which has been the inspiration for many of her most famous art works.

The exhibition will explore themes of sex, love and romanticism, featuring both new and existing works including drawings, monoprints, sculptures and neons.

A further exhibition of paintings and sketches of erotic subjects by Emin, as well as by JMW Turner and Auguste Rodin, will consider the artists' mutual fascination with female sexuality and their different approaches to the subject.

Emin said: 'I still can't really believe that I'm showing in Margate. Even in my wildest dreams I could never believe there would be a gallery like Turner Contemporary there. So on one level I'm really chuffed and excited but on another I am as nervous as hell.

'The brilliant thing about Margate is it's one hour from London on the train so I'm hoping lots of people will come and visit not just my show but the beautiful sunsets and sandy beaches.'

Turner Contemporary is one our funded National portfolio organisations. It has attracted 549,000 visitors since opening its doors in April 2011, including 20,000 people who have never been to an art gallery before and over 35,000 children visiting with their families.

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For further information about the exhibition, visit the Turner Contemporary website.

To find out more about our involvement in the Cultural Olympiad, read our London 2012 pages.