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Tracey Emin blasts £100k budget cut for Turner Contemporary

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: October 16, 2012

  • Artist Tracey Emin at the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate

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ARTIST Tracey Emin has slammed Kent County Council over its decision to slash ten per cent from Turner Contemporary's funding.

The award-winning gallery is set to lose £100,000 under the proposed new budget, despite attracting 700,000 visits since opening in April 2011.

Professor Emin, a patron of Turner Contemporary Trust, said: "I think to make any cuts to our funding at present is a pretty stupid idea. The council should see the bigger picture. Over 170,000 people visited my show this summer – a great boost to Margate and Thanet's general economy.

"If anything they should increase the funding."

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According to a recent report, the £17.4 million gallery generated almost £14 million for the economy in its first year.

Director Victoria Pomery said: "We are in the process of finalising our plans and budgets for 2013/14 to establish the impact of these cuts on our exhibitions, events and our school and community programmes.

The decision is part of a range of cuts designed to plug a £60 million shortfall.

Cabinet member Mike Hill said: "We remain committed to the success of Turner Contemporary as a key part of Margate's regeneration.

"We need to make essential savings in these financially difficult times and must spend taxpayers' money wisely.

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  • CasandraR  |  October 16 2012, 3:54PM

    It is time everyone paid for admission into the Turner Contemporary. 50p per person would be a reasonable amount. Not expecting the tax payers to sppliment admission fees. Perhaps a change of artifacts may be an answer, as a very embarrassing incident happened when the Tracy Emin collection on was display, young children declaring they could draw better than that, others saying they are all the same sketches but in different sizes. Many residents saying they thought the display was disgusting, asking if this is the only subject she ever thinks of. I personally found it to be quite pathetic and wondered if I was the only person thinking this way, maybe I look at life in a completely different way, I am glad I do, as she must be quite a disturbed person but very rich because many people have bought her works. Wonder where they hang them ?

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  • Kent_Resident  |  October 16 2012, 12:47PM

    I suppose this was inevitable what with all the cuts happening everywhere we look. We should blame this pathetic excuse of a Government who are only in power to increase their own bank balances at the expense of the poor and disabled. Why the Labour Party has not spoken up against these cuts, I don't know. If they want to get back in charge of the Country then the need to stand up and be counted. Maybe the Turner Centre should look at self funding or Euro Grants to help with it's loss of income in the meantime. Also a charge to enter may help.

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