Emma Gregory is an artist, now living in Bristol, although formerly of London, Leeds and Liverpool.
Emma is currently exploring the complex and conflicting feelings we experience in relation to mothers and motherhood. She switches from one medium to another to suit the content: drawing, writing, painting, stitching, carpentry. There is inevitably a lot of play involved, often in collaboration with other artists.
Emma has worked for the National Theatre, The Hayward, Whitechapel, The Bluecoat – among others. Here in Bristol, she runs a course for artists called Press Play and a drawing-based research group, also working as a freelance educator.
Shall I be mother?
Last year Emma made a series of eighteen teapots exploring aspects of her own experience of motherhood with support and philosophical chat supplied by Steve Carter of St. Werburghs Pottery.
HER-MIT PROJECTS was created by Natasha MacVoy.The project allows Tash to curate into various less conventional spaces including her kitchen and garden shed.Taking part in the project revealed new meaning in Emma’s work, opening doors onto additional avenues of research and exploration. Emma is exploring these using a residency at The Garage in Clifton with fellow artists and mothers Henny Burnett and Esmé Clutterbuck.
Look at the fear and do it anyway
Distinct from preparatory drawings, the images below were begun without a preconceived idea in mind – like a ‘free write’. This type of (daily) drawing is key to Emma’s research practice.These particular drawings examine the nature of fear and anxiety – a theme within the overall practice.
Drawing as a Tool for CPD
Last year Emma brought together a small number of artists to work on the use of drawing as a tool for the continuing professional development of an artist. Exploration and mess with charcoal and a team. Wonderful. Based at Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge.
Press Play - more than just a course
Press Play is a course and an ethos and a community, now in its fifth year based at Spike Print Studios. Emma created it in response to her own need and Matthew Burrows’ ABC Project. The course introduces a small cohort of artists to a series of questions and practical tasks over a year, designed to build confidence and knowledge of one’s practice. It is fluid, changing in response to the make-up and needs of the group – a fantastic thing. The year group tends to stick together afterwards, the people within it continuing to provide support and feedback to one another.
University of Central Lancashire, Masters in Fine Art with Distinction, 2011
London College of Furniture, City & Guilds various, 2000
City University London, Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration, 1991
Central School of Art & Design, BA Hons.Degree in Fine Art, Printmaking, 1988
Sir John Cass School of Art, Foundation Course in Art and Design, 1985
HER-MIT (2019) curated by Natasha MacVoy, Dursley Glos. UK
Semi-Permanent Collections (2015 / 2016) Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool UK
Liverpool Bestiary (2018), 9th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts in Athens https://www.atiner.gr/arts, Greece
FaB – Doorways and Biography in Cloth, (2018) Bath
Group show: DRAWN (2017) Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Group show: NOPE (2016), Bankside Gallery London
Druk Maken, (2015) Grafische Atelier Alkmaar, Netherlands
PENPAL (2012) Graphikwerkstatt Kölner, Cologne
Cornerstone (2011), Hope University, Liverpool
Trialogue (2010) Editions Gallery, Liverpool
Tiefsschwarz Deep Black (201/11) LJMU, Cologne, Pančevo, and Serbia
Freaks (2010), The Crypt Euston, London
Masters’ Show (2010 and 2011) Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
Triple Echo (2008 – 2009) Wirral, Preston, Liverpool, Bristol IMPACT6
Artlab (2007) PR1 Gallery, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Wrexham Print International (2007), Oriel Gallery and UK tour
The Garage, Bristol, UK (2020)
Grafische Atelier Alkmaar, Netherlands (2017)
Graphikwerkstatt Kölner, Köln, Germany (2017)
Grafische Atelier Alkmaar, Netherlands (2015)
University of Liverpool, Permanent Collections, Liverpool, UK (2015)
Film: Wellbeing and the Artist, obo UWE’s CFPR, Summer Print and Book Festival (2020)
Catalogue: Liverpool Bestiary, LADA, LJMU Liverpool (2019)
Catalogue: Space and Time, UWE Bristol (2018)
Article: ‘Help! I need somebody’, Artists’ CPD post MA, Printmaking Today Vol.26 no.3 (2018)
Contributor: Review of ‘Rothenstein at the Fry Gallery’ (Feb 2018) Vol 27 no. 1 and Review of ‘Artist Boss’ (June 2017) Vol 26 no. 2 Printmaking Today, pub. Cello Press, Cambridge
Subject of film: GAA Druk Maken (2015) K1 Cultimedia, Alkmaar, Netherlands (see https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiruIcwkb9OILjrJUJQRjYA)
Subject of film: Semi-Permanent Collections, exhibition at Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool (online see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIRT6fZGziY) (2015)
Co-author: Gregory, Emma and Hill, Tracy A Better Bite, Research into Acrylic Aquatint, (Autumn 2011) Vol 20 Printmaking Today issue 79, pub.Cello Press, funded by AHRC, also published online at http://nontoxicintaglio.tumblr.com
Contributor: DRAWING PAPER #3, (May 2011), pub Carney, Mike and Barraclough, Jon, Liverpool (also online at www.drawing-paper.tumblr.com)
Contributor: Speed, Emily (2010) ed. Cardboard Folly #1 THE FOLD, pub Emily Speed, Liverpool, ISSN 2044-9771
Artist’s talk: UWE MA Multidisciplinary Print (2019)
Artist’s talk: ArtLab at UCLan, Preston (2018)
Artist’s talk: Grafische Atelier Alkmaar, Netherlands (2017)
Speaker: First Edition Symposium, Cork, Ireland (2017)
Artist’s talk: John Moores University, Liverpool Art and Design Academy (2016)
Artist’s talk: GAA Druk Maken, Grote Kerk, Alkmaar, Netherlands (2015)
Speaker: ‘Re-establishing the Print Studios at the Bluecoat’, Pendle Print Festival (2014)
‘David Hockney – Early Reflections’, Walker Art Gallery (2013)
‘Printmakers’ Council Miniature Print Exhibition’, Kirkby Gallery (2011)
‘The Art Books of Matisse’, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2011)
‘Lautrec: Lithography and Drawing’, Lady Lever Art Gallery (2010)
‘Whistler: The Gentle Art of Making Etchings’, Lady Lever Art Gallery (2009)