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  • Tracey Emin, I Never Stopped Loving You Neon
    Photo © Red Snappa
Sat 1 May - Sun 6 Jun 2010

With the support of Thanet District Council, we commissioned Tracey Emin to make a work for Margate.

I Never Stopped Loving You is a pink neon text for the façade of our exhibition space at Droit House, one of the most distinctive buildings on Margate seafront.

In effect a love letter to Emin's home town, the pink neon sculpture will remain in situ until the opening of the new gallery, contributing an important part of the countdown to this remarkable event.

Born in Margate, Emin still has a strong connection to the town. She commented: 

"It's a declaration of love for Margate from me, but also what I want in the summer – why go to Brighton for a dirty weekend – come to Margate. I want people to come off the train, I want them to walk along the seafront, I want them to hold hands and to have a snog and say 'I never stopped loving you'."

Auction in aid of Turner Contemporary Art Trust

On 13 October 2010, an edition of the beautiful pink neon was auctioned at Phillips de Pury for £48,000. All the proceeds went towards Turner Contemporary Art Trust, a charity that has been set up to raise money to support organisations to develop the visual arts in Kent.

In recognition of the importance of our role in achieving this, the Trust has chosen to focus its activity on raising money for the building of the new gallery until it opens on 16 April 2011.

Victoria Pomery, our Director, commented: 

"We are very proud of this edition of the commission by Tracey Emin, which voices her own affection for Margate and connects perfectly with the town’s seaside heritage. The money raised will go towards the capital cost of the new gallery designed by David Chipperfield Architects opening in spring 2011. Turner Contemporary would like to thank Tracey Emin for so generously donating this artwork for auction."