Emin and Holland to open £17m Turner Contemporary

Artist Tracey Emin and musician Jools Holland will open the Turner Contemporary gallery in Kent, it has been announced.

The £17m gallery opens next Saturday in Margate, on the seafront site of a cottage where JMW Turner lived.

Emin grew up in the town and last year unveiled a pink neon love letter to Margate. The work was later sold to raise money for the gallery.

Director Victoria Pomery said Holland had a long-term relationship with Kent.

The musician owns 14th Century Cooling Castle, near Rochester.

Chairman of Turner Contemporary, John Kampfner, said the gallery opening marked the start of an “extraordinary opportunity for Margate and Thanet to become one of the UK’s most compelling culture and tourism destinations”.

Ms Pomery said it would be “a momentous day”.

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