Brit Awards 2015: Tracey Emin to design trophy

The artist follows in the footsteps of other Brit Award trophy designers including Philip Treacy, Damien Hirst, Peter Blake and Vivienne Westwood

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Tracey Emin will design the 2015 Brit Awards statue, event organisers have confirmed.

The provocative British artist will re-work a “blank canvas” trophy following Philip Treacy’s monochrome design used at the awards earlier this year.

Emin follows in the footsteps of previous artists who have re-invented the Brit Awards trophy, including Damien Hirst’s polka dot design (2013), Peter Blake’s union jack theme (2012) and Vivienne Westwood’s costume statuette (2011).

The artist said she was “thrilled” to be asked to re-work the Brit Awards trophy. “It’s so nice as a visual artist to have an involvement with the creative side of the music industry and it’s such a sweet celebration of the amazing talent we have in Britain today,” she said. The London-born artist’s involvement with the Brit Awards follows the opening of her new solo show The Last Great Adventure Is You at the White Cube in London's Bermondsey earlier this week.

 

Emin rose to prominence as one of the best-known British artists of her generation after creating the controversial pieces “Everyone I Ever Slept With” and “The Bed” in the mid-Nineties.

In 2007, the artist became the second female artist to represent Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale and was also made a Royal Academician.

In 2011 she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing, and in 2012 she was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen for her contributions to the visual arts.

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