Biography | CV

 

Photo: Elouise (2019).

Dr Emma Lindsay is a contemporary artist based in Brisbane, Australia.

Lindsay’s work explores humanity’s fraught contemporary relationship with the Earth’s threatened species and environments. The artist’s paintings and interdisciplinary media projects utilise research undertaken through direct environmental fieldwork, and archive data sourced from within the fields of art, science, ecology, natural history, and the environmental humanities.

Lindsay graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a BFA (Painting) First class Honours (Griffith University, 2009), and was awarded her PhD (Visual Art) through RMIT Melbourne (2016) with the dissertation ‘Visualising Extinction: Representing extinct and endangered species archived in global natural history museums’. Her major PhD studio wall 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 complete twenty-nine paintings in the series are now held in the collection of the University of Queensland Art Museum.

Lindsay’s work toured as part of the travelling group exhibitions: Bimblebox – Art – Science – Nature (nationally) and Animal Fanfair (Queensland), was shown in the major UQ Art Museum group exhibition The Dust Never Settles (2017) and the This Wild Song Project documenting Australian female artists (Melbourne & Singapore 2018). Her emerging practice was also featured in the Australia Council Studio Channel Artstart Artist documentary series (2011).

Overall winner of the 2016 Moreton Bay Art Awards, the artist has been a finalist in the 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, and she was the only Australian selected for the award of a The Dean Collection TDC20 St(art)up grant, which supported her recent solo exhibition Life on Earth at Metro Arts Brisbane in June 2019.

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, Switzerland, Germany, UK, and the USA.

Emma Lindsay is represented in Brisbane by Bruce Heiser Projects.

 

 Emma Lindsay | CV

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Born: Newcastle, NSW. Lives and works in Brisbane, Qld.

 

Education

2016  PhD (Visual Arts), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, School of Art, Melbourne, Vic.

2009  BFA (Honours Class 1), Painting, Queensland College of Art, South Bank, Qld. Winner Art Theory Thesis Prize.

2007  BFA (Painting), Queensland College of Art, South Bank, Qld. Godfrey Rivers Memorial Medal Recipient.

1995 BA (History + Classics), University of Newcastle, NSW.

 

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)

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   The Dean Collection St(Art)up Artist Grant.

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

2017    Arts Queensland Ignite Showcase Grant.

2017    Brisbane City Council Creative Sparks Grant.

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

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

2014    Arts Queensland Individuals Fund.

2014    Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, American Australian Association.

2012    RMIT Post Graduate PhD Research Scholarship, RMIT University, Melbourne.

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

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

2011    Arts Queensland Career Development Grant.

2011    Copyright Agency Limited Creative Industries Career Fund Grant.

2010    Australia Council Artstart Grant.

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

2009    QCA Honours Art Theory Thesis Prize Winner.

2009    Griffith Academic Excellence Award.

2008    15 Artists, Moreton Bay Council Acquisition Award, Redcliffe Art Gallery.

2007    OPD Lennon Painting Prize (QCA).

2007    Griffith Academic Excellence Award.

2007    Godfrey Rivers Memorial Medal (QCA).

 

Selected Publications, Essays, Online Press

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’: https://culturalflanerie.com/2017/11/18/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: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/drive/expand-your-brain-emma-lindsays-extinction-flock/8511334

Heimlich, M 2017, ‘Does the dust ever settle?’, University of Queensland Art Museum website: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2017/04/dust-never-settles-uq-art-museum

University of Queensland Art Museum 2017, ‘Desperate Times: Art and Environmental action’, panel discussion recording: https://soundcloud.com/uqartmuseum/desperate-times-art-and-environmental-action

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’: http://culturalflanerie.com/2016/06/30/emma-lindsays-uq-coup

McCarthy, C 2015, ‘Found and lost: The art of Emma Lindsay and Victoria Reichelt’: http://culturalflanerie.com/2015/12/11/found-and-lost-the-art-of-emma-lindsay-and-victoria-reichelt/

Nelson, I 2015, ‘Emma Lindsay’, This Wild Song: Australian female artist project: http://thiswildsong.com.au/EmmaLindsay.html

 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, http://www.theislandreview.com/emma-lindsay-extinction-project/

Bridge, C 2014, ‘Emma Lindsay Now: The Extinction Project’, Art World Women, http://artworldwomen.com/emma-lindsay-now/

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: http://www.sixtoeight.net/2013/04/james-dorahy-project-space-julie-krone.html

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.

Collections     

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.

 

Roles:

Sole-trader Fine Artist, Independent Curator, Researcher, Art Workshop delivery (2008- )

Climate Reality Leader, trained with Al Gore Brisbane Climate Reality Corps Training June 2019.

Sessional Academic, Art Theory, Queensland College of Art (2010; 2018).

Casual Gallery Assistant: Redcliffe Art Gallery 2007-2009; Griffith University Art Gallery 2009-2011).