Tracey Emin will leave behind her long-established London studio and relocate to the Kent coast, after plans to expand the building were rejected by Tower Hamlets council. The artist told The Guardian she had withdrawn the plans, designed by architect David Chipperfield, saying: “Why would you want to be somewhere you’re not wanted?”
The artist had hoped to demolish a 1920s block next door to her existing Spitalfields studio, to add a five-storey home and studio extension, but local conservation groups rallied against the plans. She has since retracted the plans and said she will instead move to Kent. She is originally from Margate in Kent, and a vocal campaigner for its regeneration.
“There’s places now in Britain that are desperate for artists,” she says in The Guardian interview. “Margate’s thriving, Folkestone, Hastings. All that Kent coast. And I could have a giant studio and be really relaxed.”
She will be one of an increasing number of artists leaving London in search of more studio space for their money. “A lot of the creative people are having to move out of London because it’s not conducive. Berlin, for example, helps artists build studios, helps them find land. Berlin understands that having artists inside the inner city is good karma, interesting.”
- Best of the Web is here, and so is the weekend!
- Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty
- Friday Mixtape: Legendary record label, 4AD
- Risograph photograph journal, This is the Same Ocean, returns with a sixth issue
- Illustrator Gizem Vural impresses us with attention-grabbing personal work and commissions
- Colophon Foundry re-releases its road-sign inspired typeface, Montefiore, with new specimen
- Jon Burgerman on his utterly brilliant Instagram experiments
- The photos Juergen Teller took while waiting for Rihanna
- Animator and director James Curran’s amusing 30-day Gifathon project in Tokyo
- "Before I was a graphic designer I had nearly no idea what one was": meet Austin Redman
- Meet Berlin-based studio Büro Bum Bum
- Matthew Raw: the east London artist making clay great again