A live-in workspace used by artists Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas has gone on sale for £1.7million.
Emin and Lucas had taken over the lease of The Shop, as they called it – a former doctor’s surgery in Shoreditch, east London – as a place to showcase and sell their artworks during the time they were part of a group, including Damien Hirst, known as the Young British Artists.
The pair ran their store during 1993 and sold some of their earlier works from this location. Their joint creation, the Last Night of the Shop 3.7.93, a decorated corduroy wall-hanging, is owned by the Tate galleries
Later during that decade, Emin became famous for works such as Everyone I Have Ever Slept With – a tent appliqued with the names of everyone she had ever shared a bed with – and also My Bed, an installation of her unmade bed, which was entered for the Turner Prize for Art.
The Redchurch Street property for sale is a four-storey building, just off the Brick Lane area of the capital.
Visitors arrive on the ground floor, which is currently arranged as a studio, with a darkroom, bathroom and separate cloakroom.
One of the bedrooms has a skylight window, a double bed, a modern glass table and built in arches for storage
The former doctor’s surgery is located in Shoreditch, east London on Redchurch Street near Brick Lane. You can enter the apartment through the thin black door between Sugaring London and The Redchurch
Owner Brian Gurtler said: ‘The property is a residence but it does have a studio, so it would be perfect for someone who wanted to live and work there, in the heart of Shoreditch’
Tracey Emin is famous for her 1999 piece of art named My Bed. The piece is Emin’s record of several days spent in bed in the grip of depression, the bed is unmade and the sheets are stained
Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas took over the lease of The Shop, as they called it, as a place to showcase and sell their artworks during the time they were part of a group, including Damien Hirst, known as the Young British Artists
Stairs lead to the first floor, which has a 14 x 10ft bedroom overlooking the street, as well as a kitchen and outdoor terrace.
The building’s second floor has two further bedrooms and a balcony and there is a 26ft long bedroom in the basement.
Owner, Brian Gurtler, said he had leased the property with his late wife in 1994, after Emin and Lucas had vacated the building.
He said: ‘The owner offered us first refusal on the property and so we bought it and I’ve been there ever since.
‘The property is a residence but it does have a studio, so it would be perfect for someone who wanted to live and work there, in the heart of Shoreditch.’
The Unique Property Company, which is selling the building, said that the shape and form of the property had changed over the years to accommodate a growing family, as well as a place to work.
A spokesman for the company said: ‘It’s the perfect spot for someone who wants to be in the centre of it all. You have dining, drinking, theatre, cinema, music, markets and galleries and you never really have to leave.’
The four-storey house has a studio on the ground floor, so you use the space for both working and living in
The property has a sheltered balcony which is perfect for the unpredictable British weather
The four-storey property has large feature sash windows which let in a lot of light and sizeable bedrooms
A spokesman for the Unique Property Company said: ‘It’s the perfect spot for someone who wants to be in the centre of it all. You have dining, drinking, theatre, cinema, music, markets and galleries and you never really have to leave’
Emin and Lucas took over the lease of The Shop, as they called it, as a place to showcase and sell their artworks
The kitchen has a floor-to-ceiling window with chequered detailing and pale pink sleek storage cupboards
Visitors arrive on the ground floor, which is currently arranged as a studio, with a darkroom, bathroom and separate cloakroom
Dinner is served: The kitchen has an artistic feature wall along with a bronze tap and under-cupboard lighting
One of the bedrooms has built in storage, utilising all space available. The window is very large, brightening up the room
The property consists of four bedrooms, a dark room, studio, kitchen, terrace, balcony, a WC and a main bathroom
Highlights of Tracey Emin’s career
1995, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-95: This piece first brought Tracey Emin to wider fame, both in the art world and among the general public
1999, My Bed: The piece is Emin’s record of several days spent in bed in the grip of depression. The bed is unmade and the sheets are stained. All around are strewn a variety of items such as condoms, contraceptive pills, underwear stained with menstrual blood, money, and cigarette ends. The work was nominated for the Turner prize in 1999 and received a hugely mixed response from the public and press
2001, The Perfect Place to Grow: This work pays homage to the artist’s Turkish Cypriot father who, she says, is a fantastic gardener but a terrible carpenter. It consists of a wooden birdhouse-like structure on wooden stilts
2004, Hate and Power Can be a Terrible Thing: This appliquéd blanket work is a blistering attack Margaret Thatcher, and her participation in the Falklands War of 1982
2011, I Promise To Love You: In the 2000s, Emin began working extensively with neon lighting. These works feature words and phrases in her handwriting. Pictured, 2011’s neon sculpture I Promise To Love You
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