Walks of art Grace Dent on the YBAs and Shoreditch

The journalist journeys through East London to explore the artists who lived and worked there in the nineties

Tracey Emin, ‘My Bed’ 1998
Tracey Emin
My Bed 1998
Lent by The Duerckheim Collection 2015
© Tracey Emin

In the late 1980s British art entered what was quickly recognised as a new and excitingly distinctive phase, the era of what became known as the YBAs – the Young British Artists. Join journalist and broadcaster Grace Dent as she takes a look at how a shop, a house and a fete were at the centre of this art scene.

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Explore Shoreditch

Follow in Grace Dent's footsteps and discover the sites yourself.


A headshot of Grace Dent

Grace Dent

Grace Dent is a columnist, author, and broadcaster. She has two weekly columns in the Independent and a weekly column Grace & Flavour in the London Evening Standard.

Grace has fronted documentaries for Sky Atlantic, Channel 4 and W. She has also written eleven novels for teenagers, as well as non-fiction titles How To Leave Twitter (My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop).

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