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Research from Emmerson, Neil


Neil Emmerson


Neil Emmerson is a Senior Lecturer and coordinates the Print Studio. Neil has a Master in Visual Arts from the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. His research expertise spans a broad range of Print-related technologies, Identity Politics, Queer Theory, and Gay and Lesbian History. According to Kirsty Grant (Curator, Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Victoria), his subject matter is political, both in terms of the critical focus it directs towards aspects of contemporary social and cultural life, and through its consistent projection of gay experience into the public realm (excerpt from Contemporary Australian Printmaking). He has been selected for numerous print related survey exhibitions at major public galleries in Australia and New Zealand since the 1990s and his work is held in the collections of major public institutions like the Auckland Art Gallery, Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. In 2006 he was awarded the Fremantle Print Award. He has been an artist in residence with Cork Printmakers in Ireland in 2013, and at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2016.

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Emmerson, N. Wassenaar, M. (2018) Panama Papers (Tinny, Fiddy, Hundy). Group exhibition ‘The Print Laboratory welcomes: The News Network #2’ at Forrester Gallery, 21 April – 4 June 2018 also c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford, Melbourne, 11th April – 6th May. Includes

Emmerson, N. (2018) The Picnic. The News Network Project, Group show, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford, Melbourne, 11th April – 6th May 2018

Emmerson, N. (2018) Flight (370). CASYC, Calle Tantín, 25, 1 – 9 September as part of IMPACT10 Encuentro International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference, Santander, Spain.

Emmerson, N. (2017) "Flight". Gallery Central, Northern Metropolitan TAFE, Perth, WA, Australia, 20th April - 6th May 2017.

Emmerson, N. (2017) New work. Untitled (I must confess...) Diptych. 2014. Digital and screen prints on Arches paper, framed. Group exhibition. Selected for The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2015 at the Waikato Society of Arts in conjunction with the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. 14th February to 26th February 2015. 50 entries from 370 applications were selected. This is a major national art award. A full color catalogue was produced to accompany the exhibition.

Emmerson, N. (2016) "Semaphore". Gallery - Project Space/Spare Room, RMIT University, Building 94, Level 2, Room 1, 23-27 Cardigan Street, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 7 October - 17 November 2016.

Emmerson, N. (2013) Proof Makers. "(I must confess...)" 2013. This Triptych was made and first shown in Cork, Ireland during the TR5 Residency at Cork Printmakers. I was invited to contribute to this exhibition by The curatorial aim of this exhibition was to challenge conservative notions of what printmaking is and how it is constructed and presented. In group exhibition, curated by Steph Chalmers, Art Collection Curator, Calder and Lawson Gallery, Academy of Performing Arts, the University of Waikato. 21 Oct - 13 December 2013.

Emmerson, N. (2009) GOD (made me do it...) This exhibition, 8 – 31 July 2009, at William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Australia, extended “The Glass Closet” work more sculpturally within a gallery context and takes a new title. Installation design and lighting has been developed with costumes extending onto the floor and casting strong shadows. The label ‘GOD, gay on demand’ appears as a business card, offering outfits for espionage and terror. Anne Kirker writes about this work in Art Monthly Australia, July 2010.

Emmerson, N. (2008) This is not a print show. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW and Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia. Exhibition catalogue. ISBN 978-1-86295-394-9. 8 February - 13 April (Wagga Wagga); 12 July - 17 August (Gippsland). 1 large kinetic sculptural installation. Catalogue printed by Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art. University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Emmerson, N. (2007) This is not a Print Show. Plimsoll Gallery,Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, Tasmania (18 May - 8 June). Exhibition catalogue. ISBN 978-1-86295 394-9. 18 May - 9 December 2007. Selected work, "the dream", is a large kinetic sculptual work from 1997. Curated by Dr Karen Lunn and Milan Milojevic, School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. Travelling in 2007 to Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania, 26 Oct - 9 Dec.

Journal Article

Emmerson, N. (2018) Bon A Tirer and Emboss: “Panama Papers,” 2016-18 "108: New/Old Modes Of Production And Consumption " Scope: Contemporary Research Topics: Art & Design, Issue 16 November 2018 ISSN: 1177-5653 (hardcopy) 1177-5661 (online)

Emmerson, N. (2017) Semaphore Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Art and Design, 14, 109-116. www.thescopes.org

Emmerson, N. W. (2016) The P lab. IMPRINT Vol.51 / No.2 2016. Published by the Print Council of Australia, Melbourne Australia, ISSN0313-3907 pp. 40-41.

Emmerson, N. (2007) Exhibition Response #5 Act Natural Exhibition response, Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (art) Vol. 2, pp. 26. www.thescopes.org ISSN 1177-5653 (for hard copy) ISSN 1177-5661 (for online version) 2007, Art 2. pp 26


Emmerson, N & Collard, J. (2007) (are we there yet?) Catalogue essay, Blue Oyster Art Project Space. 18 April 2007 This catalogue essay is published in Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art), Vol. 2, 2007, pp. 19 - 20, www.thescope.org. Ebsco Database, double blind peer-reviewed, ISSN 1177-5653

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