Education and Awards

Nottingham Trent University BA (hons) Photography - graduated with a 1st class honours (2019)

Belas Artes, Ulisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. Studying Analogue Photography, Installation, Project Concepts (09/2017 - 02/2018)

Advance Mentoring Programme, ran by Creative England, receiving mentoring from Tom Lovelace over a six month period (2021)

Nominated, One to Watch for British Journal of Photography (2019)

The New Art Exchange NTU Degree Show Award (2019)

Wex Photography Award For Outstanding Portfolio (2019)


Free Range Show. Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London (2018)

New Art Exchange, Nottingham (18th May - 9th June 2019)

From The Skin, group show. The Photo Parlour, Nottingham (22nd May - 5th June 2019)

Nottingham Trent University Degree Show, Gen23. Nottingham Trent University (May 31st 2019)

In Conversation with GENeration 23: Reflections on Education, Photography and Future Directions. Selected Speaker at Nottingham Trent University (5th June 2019)

Free Range Show. Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London (26th June - 31st June 2019)

Wakefield's Festival of The Moon (commissioned by Wakefield Council) group exhibition (23rd August - 7th September)

OFF Bratislava, selected group show (31st October - 15th November)

Off Centre, Nottingham photography festival (16th November - 26th)

Off Centre Artist Lightning Talks, (discussing 'These Ties That Continue to Bind') The Photo Parlour (23rd November)

The Tetley, Print Perform Present, Leeds (7th-8th March 2020)

'this too shall pass' pop up exhibition at Merrie Studios, The Ridings Centre, Wakefield/ Unit 43, The Ridings Centre, Wakefield (September - October 2020)

The Mother, co-curator and group show exhibitor at Merrie Studios, The Ridings Centre (22nd April 2021)

In Conversation with Jamie Hawksworth, hosting at Village Leeds (1st September 2021)

"Re-emergence", group show with Thomas Elliot Wood, Thomas Duffield and Seb Smith, 34 Boar Lane, Leeds (2nd September 2021)

Waiting Game, exhibition and zine launch commissioned by Long Division (24th September 2021)

You Can't Sit Here, The Tetley PANIC! bursary recipient, online showcase of works (29th November 2021) 


Pupil Sphere Interview - These Ties That Continue to Bind

The Guardian - New Photography Talent - The Yorkshire Moors

Aethetica Magazine - The Yorkshire Moors

The Yorkshire Evening Post - Wakefield's Festival Of The Moon Commission

Wakefield Council Press Release - Festival Of The Moon

The Yorkshire Post

Unveild - Emily Ryalls Reframes the History of Women's Health

Selected as Nottingham Trent's 'Face of The 2019 Degree Show'

Selected as Free Range's promotional material (2019)

Emily Ryalls is a photographer who is concerned with using the camera as a means of representation and visual storytelling. Typically drawn to female subjects, Emily is passionate about using photography as a catalyst for social change and she does this by creating imagery which blurs the line between a divided photographer/subject relationship. With a strong interest in non-exploitive photography, Emily works often with self-portraiture, sometimes alone and sometimes visualising herself alongside others - her work often highlights an intersection between performance and photography.

Personal experiences, of gender disparity in the healthcare system, fuel a lot of Emily's personal work. More specifically, how we as women can reclaim our narrative together and negate archaic connotations that compromise our healthcare today. 

Emily has exhibited locally, enjoyed media coverage as an artist and activist, and also has recently been nominated for The British Journal of Photography’s ‘One to Watch 2019’.

instagram - @emryalls

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