Approved: 30.11.2014

Emma Bennett


Approved: 30.11.2014

Artist Statement

Based in the North East of England, Emma Bennett is an artist who produces paintings, drawings, sculptures and site-specific wall paintings. By the use of colour, pattern and place she uses her personal connections and memories to Modernist and Post-War Architecture to comment on social histories and nostalgia.

She is also developing an ongoing series of map drawings. By using old charts and employing early triangulation methods used in navigation, she plots personal journeys that are informed by travel, memory and personal connection. The levels of opacity within the coloured areas of the drawings relate to how vivid her recollection may be.

CV & Education


2019 MA in Fine Art (Distinction), Mima School of Art & Design, Teesside University 

2009 BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Teesside University

1994 BTEC HND in Design, Berkshire College of Art & Design

1992 BTEC Diploma in Art & Design, Cleveland College of Art & Design



2022 DOWN TOWN, The Masham, Middlesbrough

2021 Above Ground, Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle

2018 High Rise, The Calver Gallery, South Square, Bradford

2016-17 Altered Space, Platform A Gallery

2015 Emma Bennett, The Tunnel Gallery, Middlesbrough Train Station Underpass



2022 A Generous Space 2, The New Gallery Walsall

2021/22 Ten Years, Platform A Gallery 

2021 In the Castle Of My Skin (Group show led and curated by Sonia Boyce), Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima)

2021 BRUTAL, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

2020 DANCE FIRST THINK LATER, General Practice, Lincoln 

2020 Traces of Reality, PS Mirabel, Manchester

2019 LEGACY - 50 years of painting in the Tees Valley, The Auxiliary 

2019 MAJOR CONVERSATIONS: The Industrial Narrative, The Turnpike, Leigh 

2019 MATERIALS, Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough Art Weekender

2019 Blanket: MA Fine Art Degree Show, Mima School of Art

2019 Marked Transitions, The Auxiliary 

2019 Beyond Graduation, Heritage Gallery, Cargo Fleet 

2018 ARTISTS LIVE HERE /ARTISTS WORK HERE, Middlesbrough Town Hall Flagpoles

2018 Manchester Contemporary showing with Platform A Gallery

2018 Commonplace, Crown Street Gallery, Darlington

2018 Then and Now, The Bowery Gallery, Leeds

2017 Head Space, The Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough

2017 Gilkes Street Artists, Heritage Gallery, Cargo Fleet

2017 Magical Geometry, Chapel Gallery, Lancashire

2017 INPRINT 2017, Teesside University

2015 SELFHOODS, The Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough

2015 Localism, mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), Middlesbrough

2015 Traverse, Python Gallery, Middlesbrough

2015 Beyond Repetition, The Bowery Gallery, Leeds

2015 Surface, The Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough

2015 GROUNDED, Platform A Gallery

2015 INPRINT 2015, Teesside University

2014 Postcards to America- Exchange Rates, Brooklyn, New York

2014 Recursive, No Format Gallery, London

2013 Draw, Gilkes Street Artists Gallery, The Crafts Centre, Middlesbrough

2009 Can You Fine Art Degree Show, Teesside University



2021 Baltic Open, The Baltic, Gateshead

2021 ReCultivate

2020 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (selected by Mervyn Metcalf)

2020/21 Curator's Choice: Exhibition of Northern Art at Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough Art Gallery

2020 Tees Valley Response Collecting Scheme – 2 paintings acquired for Mima’s Middlesbrough Collection

2020 MORE T'NORTH, The Harris, Preston 

2019 Gallagher and Turner Open Exhibition, Newcastle 

2019 Paint - PS Mirabel Painting Prize, PS Mirabel, Manchester 

2019 Creative Factory Production Grant Award (Creative Factory is Middlesbrough Council's Great Places Tees Valley Project)

2018 The KPP Prize for Art, Architecture + Design: Forms Assembled in the Light, Leeds (Prizewinner- Runner up) 

2018 Stockton Contemporary 

2018 Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester

2017 Dialogus, Vane, Newcastle

2017 Small World, PS Mirabel, Manchester (Highly Commended)

2017 Blimey X, Cornmill Centre, Darlington

2017 Middlesbrough Art Weekender

2016 Spectrum, PS Mirabel, Manchester

2016 West Lancashire Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Lancashire

2016 Long-listed for Contemporary British Painting Prize

2015 Wells Art Contemporary 2015, Wells Museum, Wells, Somerset (Selected by Richard Wentworth, Mariele Neudecker & Donald Smith)

2015 Mima Artist’s Bursary

2014 Mima Visual Arts Bursary

2014 Platform A Gallery Mentoring Program (mentored by Lothar Goetz)

2014 From Here and There: Drawings from the UK, Elysium Offsite, Swansea

2014 Wells Art Contemporary 2014, Wells Museum, Wells, Somerset (Selected by Richard Wentworth, Anita Taylor & Donald Smith)

2014 From Here and There: Drawings from Swansea to Colorado, Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. USA

2010 Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts Project Space, Vyner St, East London (Selected by Kate MacGarry, Peter Bonnell & Richard Birkett)



2022 Site specific work - Gallery, The Masham Commission, vinyl emulsion on wall, dimensions variable, The Masham, Middlesbrough. Commissioned by Navigator North 

2021 Site specific work - Gallery, Pink Walkway, vinyl emulsion on wall, 9 x 4.75m, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

2021 Public Art Commissions, Car Park Stairway located on the Cleveland Centre, digital print on aluminium, 3 x 4m and Broadcasting House Reimagined located on the Brentnall Business Centre, digital print on aluminium, 2 x 2.5 m, commissioned by Middlesbrough Council & Navigator North

2019 Site specific work - Gallery, Yellow Parallels, vinyl emulsion on wall, 11 x 3.7m, The Auxiliary 

2016 Site specific work - Gallery, Register Office (Still Standing), acrylic on wall, dimensions variable, Platform A Gallery

2014 Site specific work- Public, Speaker, acrylic and vinyl on wall, dimensions variable, Brentnall Business Centre, 65 Gilkes Street, Middlesbrough



2016-17 Artist in residence (AA2A project) at Teesside University

2014-15 Artist in residence (AA2A project) at Teesside University



2015 Narc Magazine, Selfhoods

2015 Corridor 8 Journal, text by Annie O’Donnell


2020 Hearing from Artists  

2020 Mimazina #14, Mima & Foundation Press

2018 Then and Now, 2008 - 2018, The Bowery Gallery 

2017 Lungs 2, Lungs Project 

2017 Middlesbrough Art Weekender 

2014 Drawings From Here and There, Elysium Gallery