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Tracey Emin, Love is What You Want, 2011, © Tracey Emin. Photo: Kerry Ryan


Monday 23 May

A unique opportunity to encounter one of the most prominent British artists, cultural icon Tracey Emin, and gain an insight into her current practice.


Wednesday 8 June

Germaine Greer, Darian Leader and BBC Front Row’s John Wilson discuss sexuality, taste and taboo in today’s British culture and contemporary art. Taking the more intimate aspects of Tracey Emin’s work as their starting points, the speakers debate what is and what is not acceptable within the realm of contemporary art and reflect upon our constantly shifting comfort levels and cultural norms.

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Tracey Emin, Monument Valley (Grand Scale), 1995-97, ©Tracey Emin


Monday 13 June

Get closer to the work of Tracey Emin and gain insight into her working practices during this in-depth study day, featuring a unique line-up of speakers and experts.

This study day explores Emin's work using two distinctive critical lenses. Firstly, it looks at how Emin's singular perspective translates through the different media she employs. Secondly, it will assess Emin's strategies of self-representation, with a particular focus on the Turkish Cypriot diaspora, gender, sexuality, race and class and the ways in which these are narrated and performed by the artist.

Speakers include: Dr Glenn Adamson (Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum), Alev Adil (Head of Department of Communications & Creative Arts at University of Greenwich), Professor Deborah Cherry (Central Saint Martins, Deputy Director of TrAIN) Professor Mark Durden (University of Wales, Newport), Dr Camilla Jalving (curator at Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark), Dr Alexandra Kokoli (Gray's School of Art), Professor Gill Perry (The Open University) and John White among others.

Tracey Emin study day is organised in collaboration with TrAIN, The University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation to coincide with Tracey Emin - Love is What You Want at the Hayward Gallery. Supported by the Zabludowicz Collection


9.30am Greetings 9.35am Mark Durden, the authority of authenticity 9.55a, Glenn Adamson, trading marks - craft, identity and Emin's handiwork 10.15am John White, Tracey Emin as a printmaker 10.35am Discussion moderated by Cliff Lauson and Deborah Cherry 11am coffee break 11.30am Alev Adil, dream and diaspora - Tracey Emin's Turkish Cypriot legacy 11.50am Camilla Jalving, strategies of self-presentation in the art of Tracey Emin 12.10am Alexandra Kokoli, Tracey vs. Emin 12 :30 Discussion moderated by Gill Perry 1pm closing statements

Supported by the Zabludowicz Collection

The study day runs from 9.30am - 2.30pm.

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Tracey Emin, Sad Shower in New York, 1995, ©Tracey Emin. Photo: Stephen White


Wednesday 15 June

Childhood, motherhood, pregnancy and abortion figure prominently in Tracey Emin’s work. Author and scholar Jennifer Doyle discusses how these matters are often thought of as opposites (children versus mothers, the decision to be a mother versus the decision not to), but are presented by Emin as intertwined, and even inseparable. This, Doyle argues, is what makes Emin’s work on this subject provocatively feminist.


Thursday 7 July

Ali Smith looks at the way text and visual art come together in Tracey Emin’s work. Smith explores the grammar, spelling, handwriting and dialogues – both with herself and with other artists – that Emin uses. Ali Smith is one the UK’s leading novelists. Her work includes the novels Hotel World, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and There but for the, published this year.

Tracey Emin Films

Saturday 20 August

A selection of Tracey Emin’s videos and films, including her feature-length movie Top Spot (classified 18).

All ticket holders must be 18 or over to attend this film screening. Photographic identification may be required and entry will be refused if ticket holders fail to provide valid ID when requested.

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Last Thursday of each month,
June – August

Join in this series of after-hours craft events taking over the Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion at Hayward Gallery, inspired by Love is What You Want. Explore both traditional and radical craft techniques in activities such as political cross-stitch and yarn bombing. Feel free to bring along your own DIY craft projects-in-progress to share.

Part of the programme of interventions celebrating the nation’s diverse population of contemporary crafters and hobby makers taking place during Southbank Centre’s Festival of Britain celebrations with MasterCard.


Tracey Emin, Knowing My Enemy, 2002, ©Tracey Emin. Photo: Stephen White


Including special tours at 6.30pm on the following dates:

26 May Cliff Lauson, Curator

23 June Roger Luckhurst, author and Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, on trauma

30 June & 25 August Richard Parry, Assistant Curator (BSL interpreted)

14 July John White, Artist and Lecturer on printmaking and early Emin

21 July Louisa Buck, critic and writer, on young British art

28 July Sue Prichard, Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the V&A, on textiles

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Tracey Emin, White rose, 2007, ©Tracey Emin. Photo: Douglas M.Parker Studio


Available during a group visit for an additional £50 or £100 for tour and workshop. Email or phone 0844 875 0070 Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm for bookings and more information and to book your tour or workshop.


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