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Emily Thomas is an internationally exhibiting visual artist and woodworker exploring architecture as an indicator of place identity. Specifically, she studies the history, society and culture of particular places, initially through the thematic features of buildings, as well as their structural forms, materiality and colour. She uses photography to document her observations of these characteristics and then carries out academic research to inform, contextualise and reaffirm her findings. Taking her practical and theoretical studies into consideration, Emily then selects her most informative photographs to make collages and inspire drawings. This allows her to study her images further, kickstarting conceptual ideas and sculptural designs.

 

Emily became fascinated by urban environments when she moved from the British countryside to London in 2014. Throughout her studies at Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts London) Emily developed her research of architecture, gentrification and urbanistics, and produced multiple artworks and exhibitions based on the city’s urban infrastructure. She has completed artist residencies in Berlin and Taiwan, and is currently developing another project in Barcelona. In Taiwan, Emily explored six architectural genres influenced by invading colonies across time. In Barcelona, she is focusing on continuing gentrification in Poblenou as a result of the 1992 Olympics. Emily’s Berlin residency uncovered new interests and questions about gentrification and affordable housing that she wishes to develop further during her upcoming artist residency at ZK/U (Centre for Art and Urbanistics) Berlin.

 

Emily’s overall knowledge of architecture, urbanistics and gentrification is combined with her technical skills in construction and carpentry, alongside her artistic skills in painting, drawing, photography and collage. This allows her to effectively develop and communicate innovative conceptual ideas with regards to place identity and architecture through distinct aesthetic means. Her final artworks are indefinable in terms of medium as they sit somewhere between painting, sculpture, object and architecture.

EDUCATION​

2015 - 2018 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts (University of Arts London)

2014 - 2015 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Camberwell College of Arts (University of Arts London)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021        In the Melting Pot, Homesession, Barcelona

2019        Shapeshifter, Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan (Taiwan)

2019        Emily Thomas, GlogauAIR Showcase Window, Berlin

2019        London is Open, Global 12 Festival, London

2018        Hackney, I love you. I lost you., Hoxton Cabin, London

2018        Disintegrating Space, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton (England)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022        Open Studios, ZK/U - Centre for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin

2021        7th European Artist Competition, Online (European Union)

2021        6th International André Evard Award, Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl (Germany)

2021        Winter Open Exhibition, Heart of the Tribe Gallery, Glastonbury (England)

2021        Open Studios Exhibition, Konvent, Berga (Spain)

2021        X-treme, Online at e-mERGING artiSTS (funded by Neustart Kultur)

2019        Anniversary Exhibition, La peau de l’ours, Brussels

2019        Open Studios Exhibition, GlogauAIR, Berlin

2018        Orbit UK Art Graduates Show, Oxo Tower, London

2018        Young Talents, Tour and Taxis, Affordable Art Fair, Brussels

2018        Black Swan Arts Open, Black Swan Arts, Frome (England)

2018        Fine Art Degree Show, Chelsea College of Arts, London

2018        Interim Show, The Cookhouse, London

2018        UAL Olympus Photography Awards, Bermondsey Project Space, London

2017        Translations, The Morgue, London

2017        Second Year Show, The Triangle Space, London

2017        Director and Curator of Honey, I’m Home, A217 Gallery, London

2017        Liminal Ecosystems, Copeland Gallery, London 

2016        Artists as Curators, A217 Gallery, London

2016        Territories, DLG13, London

2016        Cognitive Faculties, IKLECTIK Art Lab, London

2015        Synonyms for Exploration, The Cookhouse, London

2015        CCW Foundation Summer Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London

RESIDENCIES

2022        ZK/U - Centre for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin

2021        Homesession, Barcelona

2021        Konvent, Berga (Spain)

2020        La Escocesa, Barcelona

2019        Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan (Taiwan)

2019        GlogauAIR, Berlin

PROJECT FUNDING AND GRANTS

2020        Arts Council England: Emergency Response Fund For Individuals

2020        La Memoria Artística Chema Alvargonzalez: Award for a funded residency at La Escocesa, Barcelona

2019        Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Tainan City Government: Artist Work Stipend and Fellowship

2019        European Cultural Foundation: STEP Travel Grant

AWARD NOMINATIONS

2021        7th European Artist Competition, European Union

2021        6th International André Evard Award, Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl (Germany)

2021        Women Art Prize / X-treme, Berlin

2018        Young Talents, La peau de l'ours, Brussels 

2018        The UAL Olympus Photography Award, London

2016        The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London

COMMISSION PRIZES

2018        New Dawn Risk Commission Prize, London

2017        Frontier Economics Commission Prize, London