Tracey Emin, ‘I Wish For You’, 2017, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Courtesy of Tracey Emin and White Cube

Six-year-old Grace has grown up loving horses, thanks to her Mum’s job working with them. The week before she became ill, Grace and her Mum were on holiday in Wales with Grace’s pony.
Grace’s Mum, Bev, knew something was wrong when Grace had a long seizure; a scan showed that a brain tumour was the cause.
Grace underwent surgery and proton therapy for her illness, but her eyesight has been affected and continues to be closely monitored.
When Grace turned to us, she wished to go on holiday to North Wales with her Mum, pet dog and, of course, her pony Tiny!
Grace and her family enjoyed a wonderful bank holiday weekend at their holiday cabin, with a paddock next door, just for Tiny. They played on the beach, explored the rock pools, walked Daisy the dog and Grace rode Tiny twice a day on the beach.
Grace’s wish pack included expenses, so they visited the zoo one day and Grace was able to pick what she wanted from the gift shop.
Talking about the wish, Bev said, “What an amazing holiday, it really was perfect! Grace got her wish spot on. It really was her idea of heaven, even the weather was perfect.”
She went on to say, “I think this last week has been the first time I've truly relaxed and just enjoyed Grace’s company without worrying. I know it was Grace’s wish but it has helped the pair of us hugely.”

This event is being run through Make-A-Wish Promotions Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK to which it gifts any profit. The Art of Wishes is a joint event and the profits will be split equally between Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK (295672/SC 037479) and Make-A-Wish Foundation® Israel (580258820).

Image rights: © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2016. Photo © White Cube (George Darrell)

About Tracey Emin

A prominent member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), Emin works in a wide range of mediums, including film, painting, neon, embroidery, drawing, installation, and sculpture. Her work is intensely personal, revealing intimate details of her life with brutal honesty and poetic humor. She has spoken of “the narcissism behind what I do—the self, self, self—and how difficult it is for me to really share things, even though I think I am sharing all the time.” This paradoxical approach—at once audacious and confessional, narcissistic and self-deprecatory—earned Emin a nomination for the Turner Prize in 1999. Though she did not win, Emin received significant acclaim for her installation titled My Bed, which featured the artist’s unmade bed surrounded by personal items (from slippers to empty liquor bottles, cigarette butts, and condoms), exploring the allegorical qualities of a bed as a place of birth, sex, and death.

British, b. 1963, Croydon, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

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