Photo: Elouise (2019).










Emma Lindsay is an Australian artist based in Meeanjin/Brisbane, Queensland. 

Lindsay’s art explores her emotional and physical experiences of biophilia and solastalgia after sharing time with other species and environments.

Long-term interdisciplinary projects experiment with painting, traditional and digital mediums, utilising research materials gleaned from Lindsay’s fieldwork encounters with common, vulnerable, endangered and extinct animals and plants as seen within remaining fragmented ‘wild’ and artificially constructed habitats. 

The artist is further interested in examining the historical and contemporary human connections with and impacts upon other earthlings, in our ongoing drive to see, visualise, collect, colonise, conserve, consume, destroy, and resurrect nature.


Lindsay studied at the National Art School and the College of Fine Arts (UNSW), later graduating with First Class Honours in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the Queensland College of Art. In 2016, Lindsay’s PhD (Visual Art) was awarded through RMIT Melbourne with the dissertation Visualising Extinction: Representing extinct and endangered species archived in global natural history museums, and her major PhD painting installation Extinction Flock (29 extinct Australian bird specimens) was exhibited as part of the inaugural 2016 World Science Festival Brisbane program at the Queensland Museum. The twenty-nine paintings are now held in the University of Queensland Art Museum Collection.

Overall winner of the 2016 Moreton Bay Art Awards, the artist has been a finalist in the R & M McGivern Prize, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Churchie Emerging Art Award, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, and the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. Lindsay has been awarded a number of competitive artist residencies, scholarships and grants nationally and internationally.

Lindsay’s work has toured as part of the travelling group exhibitions Bimblebox – Art – Science – Nature (nationally) and Animal Fanfair (Queensland), as well as in group shows such as The Dust Never Settles (University of Queensland Art Museum 2017), and This Wild Song Project documenting Australian female artists (Melbourne & Singapore 2018). Her practice was featured in the Studio Channel Artstart Artist documentary series (2011) after being awarded an Australia Council Artstart Grant in 2010. A recent selection of new work, Treatise on the Night Parrot (2021), was made by invitation for the group exhibition Sites of Connection, curated by Lisa Chandler and Megan Williams for the University of Sunshine Coast Art Gallery (23 August- 30 October 2021). 

Lindsay’s paintings are held in the public collections of the UQ Art Museum, Moreton Bay Regional Council, World Museum Liverpool, Queensland Museum, Baer Art Center (Iceland), and in private collections in Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, UK, and the USA.


Emma Lindsay | CV


Solo Exhibitions

2019    Life on Earth, Metro Arts, Brisbane.

2017    Great Barrier Reef | Anthropocene Project, Artspace Mackay, Mackay.

2016    Extinction flock, World Science Festival Brisbane, Queensland Museum.

2015     Hunter/hunted, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

2013    Lovesong, James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney.

2012    Emma Lindsay, James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney.

2010    Carnage, Judith Wright Contemporary Arts Centre, Brisbane.

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2021   Sites of Connection, University of Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, Sippy Downs, Qld.

2019    Finalist, R & M McGivern Prize (Anthropocene), Maroondah Council, Ringwood.

2019    Mixed Grill, Bruce Heiser Projects, M-Arts Precinct, Murwullimbah.

2018    This Wild Song, Curator: Ilona Nelson, Town Hall Art Gallery, Hawthorn.

2018    Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra.

2018    This Wild Song X Singapore, Curator: Merryn Trevethan, Australian High Commission, Singapore.

2017    |not|fair|, Curators: Ash Crawford, Tony Lloyd, Sam Leach, Melbourne.

2017    Art Meets Science, Curator: Andy Grodecki, Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park.

2017    The Dust Never Settles, Curator: Michele Heimlich, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane.

2017    Nine Lives, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

2017    Tucker’d out: Works from the Brian Tucker Collection, Kick Arts, Cairns.

2017    Curios? Curator: Carrie McCarthy, World Science Festival Brisbane, Queensland    Museum.

2015    Bimblebox 153, Impress Printmakers, Wooloowin.

2015    18 x 8: From point A to Point B and back again, Point B, Williamsburg NYC.

2014    November Edition, Point B, Williamsburg NYC.

2014    Waterhouse Natural Science and Art Prize, finalist, SA Museum, Adelaide.

2014     Bimblebox: Art-Science-Nature, Redland Art Gallery (Australia tour to 2017).

2014     Animal Fan Fair, Curator: Karen Tyler, Caboolture Regional Gallery (Queensland tour to 2017).

2013    Beyond the back fence, Heiser Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

2013    Bookish, Curators: Sarah Newall & Jane Polkinghorne, Marrickville Garage Artspace, Marrickville.

2013    Static Biota, Curator: Miriam Carter/Artisan, BCM Crucible Gallery, Brisbane.

2013    +1, Curators: Sarah Newall & Jane Polkinghorne, Marrickville Garage Artspace, Marrickville.

2012    Redlands Westpac Emerging Artist Prize, National Art School, Sydney.

2011   65°N 5548″, 19°W 2611, Baer Art Centre, Höfðaströnd Iceland.

2011   Churchie National Emerging Art Award, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane.

2011   The Vanishing: Emma Lindsay & Margaret Kilin, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

2010   Other MsConceptions, Curator: Jo DiBall, Level ARI, Newstead.

Awards | Residencies 

2018    Sonoran Arts Residency, Ajo, AZ (USA).

2018    Dean Collection TDC20 St(Art)Up Grant.

2016    Winner, Moreton Bay Art Awards, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine.

2014    Point B Artist Residency (2 months), Brooklyn, New York City, USA.

2011    BAER Art Centre Summer Artist Residency Grant, Höfðaströnd, Iceland.

2011    Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Hill End Residency, Hill End.

2010    Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts & Arts Queensland Fresh Ground Grant & Residency.

2009     QCA Art Theory Prize.

2007     QCA Godfrey Rivers Studio Memorial Medal.

Selected Publications, Essays, Online Press

USC Art Gallery 2021, Sites of Connection, exhibition catalogue, essay by Lisa Chandler: ‘Emma Lindsay’ pp10-13, 22-23.

Phil Brown 2019, ‘Jungle Fever’, Brisbane News magazine, June 5-11, Issue 1229: p.19.

Mules, W 2019, ‘The Poet’s Task: Thinking After the Extinction of the Hypermodern Age’: Keynote address to Geopoetics Symposium, Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, 26th. April, 2019. Warwick Mules, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Lindsay, E ‘An Artist’s Muse’ in Olsen, P 2018, Night Parrot: Australia’s Most Elusive Bird, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Vic.: pp. 251-252.

McCarthy, C 2017, ‘Emma Lindsay & the Great Barrier Reef | Anthropocene Project’:

Skate, J 2017, Great Barrier Reef | Anthropocene Project: Q & A with Emma Lindsay, Artspace Mackay, exhibition room brochure,15 pages.

Griffiths, E 2017, ‘Expand Your Mind: The artist breathing life into extinct birds’, Drive Program, ABC Radio Brisbane:

Heimlich, M 2017, ‘Does the dust ever settle?’, University of Queensland Art Museum website:

University of Queensland Art Museum 2017, ‘Desperate Times: Art and Environmental action’, panel discussion recording:

Hickey, D, Lindsay E et al. 2016, Wasted words: The essential Dave Hickey online compilation, Compiled by Julia Friedman, PCP Press, Lexington (KY).

McCarthy, C 2016, ‘Emma Lindsay’s UQAM Coup’:

McCarthy, C 2015, ‘Found and lost: The art of Emma Lindsay and Victoria Reichelt’:

Nelson, I 2015, ‘Emma Lindsay’, This Wild Song: Australian female artist project:

 Brown, P 2015, ‘Dead wrong’, Brisbane News, Issue 1055, p. 30.

Martin-Chew, L 2015, ‘Emma Lindsay: What next’, Art Collector,Issue 74, pp.88-89.

Ogg, J 2014, ‘Emma Lindsay: The Extinction Project’, The Island Review,

Bridge, C 2014, ‘Emma Lindsay Now: The Extinction Project’, Art World Women,

Jackson, B 2013, ‘Bimblebox – artistic witness at the front line of Queensland’s Galilee Basin’, Artlink, vol. 33, no. 4: pp. 67-69.

Fitzgerald, M 2013, ‘Spectrum: Open gallery’, Sydney Morning Herald, p.12.

MacDonald, F 2013, ‘James Dorahy Project Space – Julie Krone and Emma Lindsay’, Six to eight blog, posted 21 April, 2013:

University of Melbourne 2012, ‘Hoax’, antiTHESIS, vol. 22: pp. 62 & 78.

Rothnie, S 2011, ‘The Vanishing: An exhibition by Emma Lindsay & Margaret Kilin’, Exhibition catalogue essay, Redland Art Gallery, pp.1-4.

 Burton, L 2010, ‘CARNAGE at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art‘, Exhibition essay, 1 August 2010.


Baer Art Center (Iceland), Brian Tucker Collection, Queensland Museum, Moreton Bay Regional Council, University of Queensland Art Gallery, World Museum Liverpool (UK).

Private collections in Australia, Canada, Iceland, Switzerland, UK & the USA.

 Curatorial Projects

2010    Suburbia, Redcliffe Art Gallery, Redcliffe.

2009    New Order: 14 Emergent Queensland Artists, Redcliffe Art Gallery, Redcliffe.

2008    Accounting for the Collector, Redcliffe Art Gallery, Redcliffe.