School of Art Friday Lecture Series: Emma Hart

  • 11:00 – 12:30 GMT

  • Edinburgh College of Art Main Building, Main Lecture Theatre (E22)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

Emma Hart makes work that actively confronts us. Her sculptures often jut out from the wall, and physically encroach on the viewer’s personal space. Hart tries to manipulate the viewer – ceramic speech bubbles put words in our mouths, or protruding loud hailers shout in our faces.

Hart’s original use of ceramics transforms graphics and patterns to take up three dimensions. Shapes are stretched and given agency by making them perform bodily gestures. Symbols are often blown up, giving them room to get a personal life. Due to its scale, shape and ambitions her works push the possibilities of the ceramic medium whilst also having a go at pushing the viewer around.

For her talk at Edinburgh College of Art Emma Hart will talk through a selection of her works to expand on these themes.


Emma Hart lives and works in London. In 2016 she won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. In 2015 she was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for Visual Art. She is currently working on her first permanent commission for the public entrance of the UCL East, Pool Street West building, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Big Mouth, Barakat Contemporary, Seoul (2021), Banger, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2018), Mamma Mia! Whitechapel Gallery and the Collezione Maramotti, Italy (2017); Commercial Breakz, Frieze Art Fair, London (2017); Love Life with Jonathan Baldock, Peer, London, The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool and De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (2016-7); Giving It All That, Folkestone Triennial (2014); Dirty Looks, Camden Arts Centre (2013).

Recent group exhibitions include: Further Thoughts on Earthy Materials, Kunsthaus Hamburg, DE; In My Shoes, Arts Council Touring Exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; An ear, severed, listens, Chert, Berlin, DE (2017); Sticky Intimacy, Chapter, Cardiff, UK (2016); Only the Lonely, La Galerie CAC Noisy Le Sec, France (2015); Dear Luxembourg, Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg (2015); Hey I'm Mr.Poetic, Wysing Arts Centre (2014).

Her work is held by public collections including the Arts Council Collection, The Government Art Collection, British Council Collection and The Grundy Art Gallery Collection.

Hart received an MA in Fine Art from the Slade in 2004 and completed her PhD in Fine Art at Kingston University in 201

School of Art Friday Lectures

The School of Art Friday Lectures is a public series of talks by leading national and international artists and thinkers. The School of Art’s practice-led research embodies and critically reflects upon new registers of contemporary art, whilst re-articulating processes and practices associated with established artistic media.


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