Approved: 05.12.2013

Emma Ainsley

Artist

Approved: 05.12.2013

Ainsley is an artist working in video, performance and sound.  Ainsley makes videos which are both intensely silly and dead serious, at turns laugh out loud funny and positively disquieting. Born in Devon and trained in London – at Chelsea art college, she was also influenced by many years working in care environments, her work embraces a love of vulnerable, intimate connection with

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Artist Statement

Ainsley is an artist working in video, performance and sound.  Ainsley makes videos which are both intensely silly and dead serious, at turns laugh out loud funny and positively disquieting. Born in Devon and trained in London – at Chelsea art college, she was also influenced by many years working in care environments, her work embraces a love of vulnerable, intimate connection with strangers, and the painful, dark humour found in adversity. Working collaboratively with musician John Phillips, she produces objects to form costumes for performance to camera, playfully seeking to meld art and music both as practices and as approaches to making.

CV & Education

Emma Ainsley

1969

Born in Exeter, Devon, UK. 
Currently lives and works in Fife, Scotland.
 

Contact details 

23 Hilton View
Lumphinnans
Fife
KY4 9HZ

01383 510737
07534283808

emma@emmaainsley.com
www.emmaainsley.com

 

Exhibitions 

2017

Anatomy 15, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Cellulitory Investigations, performance

'Locality', group show at DOK, Edinburgh incl The Jazz Suit, performance with John Phillips

The Jazz Suit, Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland - performance with John Phillips

Bugle Calls for the Twenty First Century, Aberdour, Scotland - performance with John Phillips

2016

Beastly screened at Hackney Empire upstairs, artists film night

2015

The Jazz Suit, performance with John Phillips, Orkney

2014

Beacons Arts Festival

Art Village, Shawlands Arcade, Glasgow

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Winter Open (and 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007)

2013

Cupar Arts Festival

Open Windows, Stromness

2012

Motorcade Flash Parade Open, Bristol

2009

Waterfront Gallery, Stromness, Group Exhibition

2008

The Sorting Room, Stromness, Summer Exhibition

2002

Clackmannan College, Alloa: “Gaze” (performance)

2001

Keighley Art Factory, West Yorkshire: Ceramics

Keighley Art Factory, West Yorkshire; Annual Open Exhibition

2000

Lambeth Community Care Centre, London: “Local”

 

Education

2013

Post Graduate Diploma (with distinction) Interpretation Management and Practice University of the Highlands & Islands

1998

BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2:1 – Chelsea College of Art and Design

 

Awards

2013

Hi Arts (Creative Scotland) funding to exhibit.

2006

Scottish Arts Council Award to produce new work.

 

Projects

 

2008-2009

Founding director of community arts space in Stromness – The Sorting Room - with a lead role in managing the project and providing support to emerging artists and craftspeople.

 

2006

Two month residency with Fife Community Services.  Series of workshops alongside service users with learning disabilities.

2001

Worked alongside woman stroke survivor to produce a video about living with aphasia.

 

2000-2002

Lambeth Community Care Team.  Providing therapeutic one to one art sessions for people with neurological disabilities.

1997-2000

Lambeth Community Care Centre and Whittington Centre.  Running art, craft and poetry groups with older people and people with physical and learning disabilities.