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Emma Davies

Emma Davies is a Melbourne based artist with an established reputation for innovative and creative installations for both the and private commercial sector. Davies’ work can be seen throughout Australia and overseas in commercial outlets, as part of large scale collaborations and complex commissions in high profile properties.

Artist Statement

My process of discovery and invention is largely experimental. I satisfy my curiosity by working with contemporary materials and using unconventional methods to challenge the possibilities of each creation.

My reward is in removing materials from common functionality such as packaging and being able to transform what is intrinsically ugly into something beautiful.

Biography

Biography

Emma Davies 
1968
Born Melbourne, Australia

Solo Exhibitions
2017
Meander, Frankston Arts Centre, Cube 31, Melbourne
Voyage, Qudos, Lorne. Melbourne
2016
Woven Form, Sagra Gallery, Melbourne
2014
Hybrid,45 downstairs, Melbourne
2011
Homage, Artisan, Brisbane
2009
Morphed, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2008
Utsuwa, Tomorrowland, Shibya. Toyko, Japan
Private Party, Encounter Window, State of design festival, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
Brocade, Pablo Fanque gallery, Sydney
Supernatural, Nellie Castan gallery, Melbourne
2006
Cross –Poly-Nate, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2005
Poly-Apothecary, Encounter window Craft Victoria, Melbourne
Poly-apothecary, window exhibition Form, Perth
2004
Net-weight & ‘All things Pass’ with Susan Purdy Orson & Blake, Sydney
Net-weight, eg.etal Gallery, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017
The makers, Altmann Gallery, Melbourne
2015
Victoria Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
Group One, Sagra Gallery, Melbourne
2014
Dot to Dot, ISM Object space, Melbourne
2013
Melbourne Now, Ian Potter Gallery National Gallery of Victoria. Australia
Psychedelic haze, Mars Gallery, Melbourne
Containment, Colin Rigg Contempary design award. National gallery of Victoria
Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne
2012
Transform, Gympie Regional Gallery, Queensland
2011
Craft Cubed, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
Bayside Work, Live, Play, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre. Melbourne
2010
Artists for kids, Brightspace. Melbourne
27th Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Art Awards, collaborative piece with Clara Nganjmirra, finalist. Darwin.
Artscape Biennial 2010, Byron Bay. Australia
‘Blue’, Object Gallery. Sydney. Sydney Design Festival 2010.
2009
Illicit making, Form. Western Australia
2008
Splat, Albury Art Gallery, N.S.W
Artists for Kids Culture, Brightspace, Melbourne
2007
White, Pablo Fanque, Sydney
For every bird, MARS Gallery, Melbourne
Take me with you. Photographic exhibition with Dieu Tan, Blank_space gallery, Sydney
Exploding Inevitable, Pablo Fanque, Sydney
Artist for Kids Culture, Melbourne. Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Pop-up Festival, e.getal, Collins St, Melbourne
Art for Science, Murdoch Children’s’ Research Institute, Melbourne
Woven Forms National Touring Exhibition.

2006
Woven Forms National Touring Exhibition at Form Gallery, Perth.
Artists for Kids. Jackman Gallery Melbourne

2005
Woven Forms National Touring Exhibition, Object Gallery, Sydney.
Participated as a guest speaker at Opening event.
Art for Science, Murdoch Children’s’ Research Institute, Melbourne.
Artists for Kids. Jackman Gallery Melbourne
One Square Foot, MARS (Melbourne Art Rooms), Melbourne.
Space, Up and Coming Designers, Sydney Design Week at Space, Sydney

2004
Artists for kids, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

Workshops
2009-2019
Port Headland
Arrart Gallery
Torris Strait Island, Moa island.
National Gallery of Victoria, Kaleidoscope, Water wall installation
National Gallery Of Victoria, Ian Potter Gallery in conjunction with Rigg award
Kingston Arts – Schmooze
Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre
Heidi Gallery – weaving wildly

Bower Bird workshops- teaching young adults and children to explore recycling, re-using and re-thinking through art and craft

Selected Commissions
1997-2019
Star City casino, Gold Coast
Toyko Hyatt, Toyko
Facebook Headoffice Bourke st ,Melbourne
Astral Hotel, Sydney
Star Hotel, Sydney
Fintona Girls Grammar, Melbourne
CBUS development, Spring St.
Albert Rd, Elenberg Fraser architects, Hamton and Mars Gallery
Private Commission, Byron Bay
The Armory, Sydney. Australia
Ladro, Melbourne. Design a Pizza in collaboration with State of design festival
Splat, Albury Art Gallery, Albury
Dogma St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
T.L. Wood, Prahran, Melbourne, Australia
Establish Yao, MidtownTower,. Tokyo Japan
Seeds project, Tokyo. Japan
Colonial Stadium, Melbourne
Heineken, Australia
Cafe Latte, Hawksburn, Melbourne
Medina Hotel, Sydney
Central Station, Sydney
Hairy Canary, Melbourne
Cinema Nova, Carlton, Melbourne
Smith and Gertrude Bar, Fitzroy Melbourne
Subiaco Wine Room, Perth
Toowoomba Golf Club, Queensland
Heritage Golf Club, Victoria
Splitrock, Australia wide
Fenix, Melbourne
Star City Casino, Queensland
Shangri-La Restaurant, Singapore
Bonvivant Retail Stores, Queensland
Rolling Rock Restaurant, Noosa Heads
Sea world Nara Resort, Queensland
Hotel Richmond, Adelaide
The Hatton Hotel, Melbourne
Veludo Restaurant and Bar, Melbourne
Mission Design, Sydney
Bibida Restaurant and Bar – Melbourne
Half Moon Hotel, Melbourne
ABC TV, ‘Back Burner’
ABC TV, ‘Something in the Air’
ABC TV, George Negus set 
Belgos Hotel, Hong Kong

Grants and awards
2014
Best contribution to Urban Art, Cherry Blossom commission City of Port Phillip.
2012
Moa Island. Facilitated Workshop at Arts Centre, Kubin Village, Moa Island
2011
Working in schools Arts Grant, Caulfield Primary
Arts in residence. Fintona Girls, Melbourne
2010
Moa Island. Facilitated Workshops at Kubin Village and St Paul’s Art Centre’s.

2009
‘Stone Country Festival’. Collaborated with the weaving women from Arnhem Land, Gunbalanya NT together created sculpture for the Arts Centre for their festival.

2007
The South Project, Johannesburg gathering, a major international arts project that brings together the distinct voices of the southern hemisphere through south-south dialogue and cross-cultural exchange. Guest speaker and workshop facilitator.
2006
Selling Yarns -Indigenous craft in the 21st century. Conference, Darwin.
Research trip to Western Arnhem Land, Gunbalanya, NT
Cultural Strands / Woven Visions conference and Rhythm Weaves outdoor workshop. Guest speaker
Perth WA

Selected Editorial/Reviews/Publications
Adore online magazine, feature
Design files, feature story
Monument, Feature story, ‘eyes on the artist’. August.
The Arts Show, June, ABC TV, Melbourne
The Age, Ray Edgar. The Arts, review p.16, Friday June 12
Rare Bird, Utrecht Publication. Tokyo. Japan.
I’m home, Eyes on Australia, feature. P.131, 132. Tokyo, Japan.
Arts Hub, Gary Anderson, Review. Feb 6. ‘Supernatural’
The Age, Megan Backhouse, Art around the Galleries, Review A2, Sat Feb 16
Herald sun, Jeff Makin, The way to get a head, Supernatural review.Feb P.73
K.W.Doggett Fine Paper, envirocare project September
Virgin blue voyeur, Recycled treasure April p.108, 110
The Age, Lindy Percival, My Space Feb p.11 A2 My Space, Emma Davies, Artist
Designers Workshop, June P. 70, ‘World News’. Japan
Sun-Herald Sept 23, ‘Weaving her Magic’.
Home Beautiful, August P.67, ‘For Arts Sake’
The Age, Megan Backhouse Review Aug p.20 A2‘Cross-Polynate,’ exhibition, Craft Victoria
Abode, ‘Dream Weaver’, August p.29 Feature Story, polypropylene work
Inside Out, ‘How to start an art collection’, May p.147 Featured polypropylene work
The Age,’ Domain Directions’, March p. 22 Featured polypropylene work
The Arts Show, March ABC TV, Melbourne
The Age, ‘Red’, March A2 p.9
Vogue Living, ‘Australian Design Now- The New Wave’ March p.2-102, 108, 111. ,
Art Monthly Australia, March issue no. 187, p.50
More Space, ‘The innovation edition’ Feb p.15 Designers in Focus. Feature
Australian Financial Review, ‘Indulgences’, February p.L2
Form, contemporary Craft and Design Back cover image, polypropylene work The Age,’ I made it myself’, January A2 p.7
House and Garden, October p.43 ‘Six Craft Crusaders’, ‘The Sculptor’- Emma Davies
Herald Sun-Home magazine, ‘All tied up’ Sept p.22 Feature
Stonnington Leader, Sept p.5 Feature
Inside out, Lifestyle issue no.1, vol.1 Sept ‘styling your home’,
Object, ‘Fibre and Form’ issue 48, Sept p.60
Art for science-catalogue. Murdoch Children’s Institute. August p.12.
Monument – architecture and design, issue 68 August p.32 Feature article, designex
Artist for Kids Culture Catalogue. Annual Art Exhibition and Auction. August P.27, image
Woven Forms Catalogue, Contemporary basket making in Australia August p.55.
Vogue Living, July p 202. Feature
Inside-Australian Design and Review, issue 37, July p.44‘In view’
Object, ‘The Basket economy’ issue 47, p.15
Monument-architecture and design, issue 66 April p.36
Object, ‘The great materials double dip’, issue 46 April p.20
Belle ‘generation next’, April p.26, 27, 28. Feature
Sesame. Issue 2,’ Sept in the Shadows’. Monographs of polypropylene work taken by Susan Purdy
Vogue Living, ‘The art of reinvention’ p.35 Nov
Belle issue 151 Feb p.20 ‘The Edge’ Feature
The Age, Domain Design Feb p.4 ‘Remarkable Resin’ Feature

Collections
Artbank, private collections.

Retail Distribution
Craft Victoria, Melbourne
Pablo Fanque, Sydney
Tarrawarra Estate, Museum of Modern Art, Tarrawarra, Yarra Valley, Victoria
McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Victoria
e.g.etal Gallery, Melbourne
Object Gallery, Sydney
Form, Perth
Melbourne City Museum, Melbourne City
Space Furniture, Sydney
Pomme, Melbourne

Memberships
2005 – 2007, Co-Director, Artists for Kids Culture Trust
1997 – 2005, Committee Member, Artists for Kids Culture Trust

Contact
Emma Davies
Telephone 0439 999 061
Email emma@emmadavies.com.au

website: http://www.emmadavies.com.au/

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