Biography | CV

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

Lindsay’s paintings and interdisciplinary projects interweave visual and scientific data research from the fields of art, extinction, cultural history, ecology and environmental science. Projects emerge from direct fieldwork in specialist global natural history archives, wildlife refuges, zoos, and remote managed National Park/World Heritage locations where threatened/endangered species and the impact of human activities and climate change can still be seen firsthand. The artist’s recent projects have focused on creating art encounters that reveal our fraught relationship to the Earth’s environment – particularly the myth and representation of a separate ‘wild Nature’ untouched by human hands, and to make visible often invisible species currently at risk of extinction.

Lindsay graduated with a BFA First class Honours through the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University, 2009), and was awarded her practice-led research PhD (Visual Arts) through RMIT University (Melbourne, 2016). The PhD Extinction Project exhibition included a self-published monograph of the research photographs, a single channel video, and paintings, including the Extinction flock painting installation: 29 painted proxy specimens of extinct Australian bird specimens based on fieldwork documentation undertaken in restricted-access natural history museum archives in England, France, USA and Australia. The project was exhibited as part of the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane 2016 program, seen by over 61,000 visitors. The Extinction flock series was later acquired for the University of Queensland Art Museum Collection (UQAM), and the installation featured in the 2017 UQAM exhibition ‘The Dust Never Settles’ curated by Michele Helmrich. Researchers and the public are able to view the paintings by appointment with UQAM.

Lindsay was selected as one of 20 global artists for The Dean Collection‘s inaugural 2018 TDC20 St(Art)up grant program. These funds are supporting the artists’ next solo exhibition presentation Life on Earth, opening on World Environment Day at Metro Arts, Brisbane, 5-15 June 2019.

Overall winner of the 2016 Moreton Bay Art Awards, Lindsay has been a finalist in the 2018 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Churchie Emerging Art Award, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, and the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. The artist has been awarded residencies with BAER Art Centre Artist Center (Iceland), Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Hill End Murray’s Cottage Residency, Artspace Mackay, Point B Worklodge (New York), and the Sonoran Artist Residency (Arizona). Since 2009 she has also been awarded major grants from the Australia Council, Australian American Association, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, and an RMIT Post-Graduate PhD scholarship.

Emma Lindsay’s work is 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.





2016  PhD, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, School of Art, Melbourne, Vic.

2009  BFA (First Class Honours), Painting, Queensland College of Art, South Bank, Qld.

2007  BFA, Painting, Queensland College of Art, South Bank, Qld.


Solo Exhibitions

2019    Life on Earth, Metro Arts, Brisbane (June).

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)

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

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 TDC20 Grant.

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

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, Höfðaströnd, Iceland.

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

2010     Australia Council Artstart Grant.

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

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

2007     Godfrey Rivers Memorial Medal (QCA).


Selected Publications | Online Press

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:

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.



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.