Dr Emma Lindsay is a contemporary artist based in Brisbane, Australia.
Lindsay’s slow paintings and interdisciplinary projects (photography, video, installation) recreate her own intense encounters with the Earth’s threatened, endangered, extinct species and ecosystems: a direct action to communicate personal, emotional and physical experiences with urgent global contemporary Anthropocene, climate change and mass extinction narratives. Studio research fieldwork is undertaken at key environmental sites such as national parks, zoos, wildlife refuges, botanical gardens, wild remnant habitats, and natural history museum archives. The artworks also engage with data sourced from the fields of art, science, 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 2017-18 solo Great Barrier Reef |Anthropocene Project was made by invitation for Artspace Mackay. Her 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 held at the University of Queensland Art Museum, and as part of 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 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, and in 2018 was awarded 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
Born: Newcastle, NSW. Lives and works in Brisbane, Qld.
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.
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 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 55′48″, 19°W 26′11″, 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.
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.
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.
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).