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)
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)
Unity Works, Wakefield art walk (2015)
Wakefield Beer Exchange exhibition (2018)
Free Range Show. Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London (2018)
The Art House Wakefield, Open Studios Event (2018)
The Hepworth Wakefield, Winter Art Fair (30th Nov 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. 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)
Selected as Nottingham Trent's 'Face of The 2019 Degree Show'
Selected as Free Range's promotional material (2019)
My practice focuses on the use of analogue photography and traditional darkroom printing methods, but conceptually I find that I am passionate about creating artwork which speaks to current social issues. Taking influence from my own local environment, cultural roots and classic literature, I feel that photography is a creative medium with endless possibilities and within my practice I chose to work with the intersection between photography and performance. I’m particularly interested in collaboration or community engagement as I believe that many people can benefit from the cathartic element involved with visibility and the process of revisiting found/archival photography as well as the creation of new imagery.
Politically I am engaged in campaigning for women's healthcare and the more recent photographic works is a testament to this. This work documents women and girls, like myself, who together want to visualize themselves as being subjected to healthcare politics. The project began in 2018, photographing girls, (myself included) in Britain and Denmark and will continue without an end date, developing geographically and politically.
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’.
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