Emma Gregory is an artist, now living in Bristol, although formerly of London, Leeds and Liverpool.
Emma’s material practice deals with the business of human emotion. The medium is chosen to suit the content and switches: drawing, writing, painting, stitching, carpentry, print.
Another feature of this artist’s practice is the continual creation of ‘learning communities’. These are always made in response to a question arising within her practice. For instance, to examine her CPD needs post MA, Emma created Press Play, a course for her peers which ran for six years at Spike Print Studio (2016 – 2022). More recently, to answer the question ‘where is the line between collaboration and entering someone else’s practice to serve it (as a dancer might a choreographer’s)?’ Emma created a four-day residency in the MAYK space at St Anne’s House: Body as a Tool for Visual Arts Research, with funding from Artists’ Information Co. (2023).
The breadth of Emma’s practice can be traced back to years spent as a programmer and programme manager (Riverside Studios, Royal Festival Hall, Yorkshire Dance and The Bluecoat, Liverpool); workshop leader (The Hayward, Whitechapel) and scenic artist (National Theatre, Souvenir Scenic Studios).
Julia Johnson reviewed Care & Control (2022) on behalf of Corridor8
For the summer of 2015, Grafisch Atelier Alkmaar moved out of their glorious Jugendstil building and into the city’s deconsecrated cathedral – Grote Kerk – hosting exhibitions and artists’ residencies from around the world. They called this massive undertaking ‘Druk Maken’. K1Cultmedia made a film of Emma Gregory printing whilst in residence there:
‘Tile Skirt’ and ‘The Prop’ in ‘Care & Control’ at Birley Gallery (2022)