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)


The Yorkshire Post

The Guardian - New Photography Talent

Aethetica Magazine 

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

Wakefield Council Press Release - Festival Of The Moon

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

Selected as Free Range's promotional material (2019)

Emily Ryalls was born in Yorkshire as an only child to working class parents. Having experienced both gender and geographical disparity in healthcare from the age of 13, this stood as a solid foundation for the drive behind Emily’s artistic practice.  

In 2016 Emily started her studies on the BA Photography course at Nottingham Trent University, during which she spent 6 months studying at Belas Artes Ulisboa. Her encounters and mentoring in Lisbon lead her to pursue in greater depth more conceptual and personally driven work. 

Her practice now focuses around portraits and performance, taking influence from her own local environment, cultural roots and classic literature. Research into female artists who chose to explore subjectivity through use of self-portraiture has also offered depth to Emily’s work. 

Politically Emily is engaged in campaigning for women's healthcare and the more recent photographic works is a testament to this. This work documents women and girls, just like Emily, who together want to visualise themselves as being subjected to healthcare politics. The project began in 2018, photographing girls, (herself 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’.

instagram - @emryalls

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