Tracey Emin's Death Mask

25 Jun 2019 – 8 Sep 2019

Event times

During July and August: everyday from 10 am to 6 pm

September: closed from 9 Sept - 13 Sept 2019

Until Turner Prize 2019 opens opening hours in September: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

During Turner Prize 2019 (28 Sept - 12 Jan):
Monday - Friday, 11am - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm

Cost of entry


Turner Contemporary

Kent, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Direct buses to Margate from all surrounding towns in East Kent. Visit Kent County Council's Public Transport website to find your most direct bus route. There you can also download a map of Kent and all available bus routes in the county.
  • High speed trains from London St Pancras and Stratford International run every hour and take just 90 minutes. - Mainline trains from London Victoria, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge, which take a little longer. Victoria offers a frequent s

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Death Mask is Tracey Emin’s first sculptural work in bronze. In an ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work, she has cast her own ‘death mask’ during her lifetime.


Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963. She famously spent her childhood and teenage years in Margate and her formative experiences here have provided the inspiration for much of her later work.

The sculpture reflects her preoccupation with self-disclosure and her constant engagement with and exploration of her own life and body. Emin has commented that in this work she offers herself in perpetuity as a museum display, transforming herself into an object for the scrutiny of generations to come.

Tracey Emin studied at Maidstone College of Art (1986–8) and the Royal College of Art (1987–9). Her work discloses the intimate details of her life across a range of media. Notable works include Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 (1995), shown at the Sensation exhibition (Royal Academy, 1997), and My Bed (1998). Emin represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and was elected a Royal Academician in the same year. She was awarded a CBE in 2012.

Tracey Emin's Death Mask is part of COMING HOME, an exciting project which sees the National Portrait Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with. This country-wide initiative will enable fifty portraits from the national Collection to travel to towns and cities across the UK, providing venues and communities with the opportunity to celebrate their local heroes.


COMING HOME has been made possible by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, generous contributions from The Thompson Family Charitable Trust and funds raised at the Gallery’s Portrait Gala in 2017.

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