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Projects Ongoing

EOP Incidental Artist

2023 – 2024

In November 2023 we invited artist Emma Hart to work with Eastside Projects as the first EOP Incidental Artist with an open brief to develop a project for or with EOP. Following an R&D phase she has come up with a plan …

I want to fall back in love with experiencing art. Lately I have become jaded and anxious when looking at art. Going to an exhibition, encountering an artwork and feeling out all the decisions the artist has made used to be (relatively) fun. Now the thought of going to a show is exhausting. I’ve got exhibition fatigue and I wonder if this lack of curiosity is affecting what or how I make? 

I propose a series of gallery visits with EOP Members, as a form of relationship therapy between the group and art. Together we can question, unpick, experience exhibitions and explore public artworks.  We can work out how we feel about the art presented and what we want from it, and see if we can collectively fall in love again.

Find out how to get involved HERE

About Emma

Emma Hart lives and works in London. She makes exuberant ceramic sculptures, which test the limits of the medium, pushing clay to go beyond being a vessel to actively confront the viewer by physically encroaching on their personal space. Objects like ceramic speech bubbles that put words in our mouths, or protruding megaphones which shout in our faces test power relationships between the artist, the viewer and the work, implicating the audience in acts of visual and verbal violence, and playing out the ups and downs of human relationships. 

In 2023 she created the permanent artwork Hear Now! for the public entrance of the new UCL East building in London, and in 2024 she will realise a major permanent installation for Modern Art Oxford. 

Major solo exhibitions include Big Time, Hospitalfield (2023 and Frieze Sculpture Park, London (2022),  Big Mouth, Barakat Contemporary, Seoul, (2022); Banger, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh (2018), Mamma Mia! Whitechapel Gallery, London, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, (2017), Giving It All That, Folkestone Triennial (2014) and Dirty Looks, Camden Arts Centre (2013). 

Group exhibitions include Strange Clay, Hayward Gallery (2022-23); Somerset House (London, 2021); Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund, 2019); Kunsthaus Hamburg (2018). She co-curated and took part in the major sculpture group show, Poor Things at Fruitmarket, Edinburgh (2023).

In 2022 she was awarded a Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award, in 2017 she won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, and in 2015 she was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for Visual Art.

Her work is held in public collections including the Arts Council Collection, The Government Art Collection and the British Council Collection.

www.emmahart.info