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Tracey Emin honored with RNLI's Innovation Award

May 29, 2014
Barbican Centre, London

British artist Tracey Emin will be honored with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's Innovation Award on Thursday at London's Barbican Centre.

 

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, providing  24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service.

 

Emin was approached by James Stephenson, who swam the English Channel in 2013 for the RNLI, to create a painting to raise money for the lifeboat charity. Using her childhood memories of growing up by the sea in Margate, the artist created an original painting of a lifeboat preparing to launch, which sold for £30,000. In addition to the painting, she sold 250 prints for £350 each, raising over £100,000 in total.