Tracey Emin says she is “thrilled” after being appointed Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy. The artist is perhaps best known for her installations – an unmade bed, or slogans spelled in neon lights – but has won praise for her line drawings. Among them is her recent poster for the 2012 Olympics, which depicts two small birds appearing to kiss.
“I’m really excited to be teaching again after so many years,” said the 48-year-old in a statement. “I hope that I can add something constructive to the Royal Academy Schools.”
Emin’s appointment was approved last week. The Academy has yet to make an official announcement. The organisation was founded through a personal act of King George III in 1768.
Painter, printer and sculptor Christopher Le Brun was chosen as its new president last week – vacating the position of Professor of Drawing.