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Bio

Emma Spreadborough (b.2000) is an Irish artist who works predominantly in the photographic media. Her art practice is widely influenced by Irish literature, history, and folklore. 

 

In her most recent work, You Mustn’t Go Looking, Emma has been inspired by the writing of Brian Friel in Dancing at Lughnasa. She uses the analogies of his writing to explore the ideas of the Irish home and landscape in the wake of recent Northern Irish history. 

 

Emma is a recent graduate of Swansea College of Art, where she graduated with First Class Honours from the Bachelors Photography in the Arts course (2020-23)

EDUCATION

EXPERIENCE & SKILL

contact:        emma.spreadborough@gmail.com

instagram:     

@emma.spreadborough
 

She is a studio owner at Flax Art Studios, Belfast within the Emerging Artists Programme, where she is continuing her practice.  In April 2024, Emma was selected as an artist in residence at Digital Arts Studios, Belfast from April - July 2024.

In 2023, Emma worked with Abbey Primary School, Neath to organise and co-ordinate a range of photography workshops. These workshops encouraged a creative response to Welsh landscape for years 3 and 4. Spreadborough has also co-led a workshop for Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr through Swansea College of Art (2023).

 

Emma helped instal Gareth Philips’ The Abysm (2021) in Elysium, Swansea and was an intern at Ffotogallery, Cardiff (2023)

AWARDS

Emma is a recipient of the Alan Whatley award (2023). Entailing a year of mentorship and a group exhibition at the Griffith Gallery, Swansea in November 2024.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2023

In This Glass Jar - Group Exhibition

FLAX Art Studios, Belfast

2023

Overly Blueish - Degree Show 

Copeland Gallery, London

2023

Ffocws 2023 - Group exhibition 

Ffotogallery, Cardiff

2023

Overly Blueish - Degree Show 

Swansea College of Art

2022

Phonebooks in the Attic - Group exhibition 

Elysium Gallery

2022

Unbound - Group exhibition,

Swansea College of Art

2021

Soft Anatomy - Group exhibition,

Volcano gallery, Swansea

2021

230 - Group Site specific Exhibition

Swansea Castle

2021

Without Borders - Group exhibition,

Elysium Gallery 

RESIDENCIES

2024 (April - July) - Digital Arts Studios HOME Residency

TALKS

2023 - ONLINE TALK in association with Ffotogallery (Ffocws 2023)

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