About

b. Netherlands 1990

Lives and Works in London

Emmely Elgersma is a sculptor and ceramicist, using mixed media and found objects. Currently living and working in London her work focuses on recycling materials to transform them into beautiful and occasionally humorous pieces of art, be it beach balls, abandoned bins, thrown out canvases or discarded copies of the Evening Standard from the daily commute. Her work looks at how traditional art and techniques fit into the modern world and adapts to its environment and the audience who will view it. She thinks art should be accessible to everyone and you shouldn’t have to have a degree in Art to understand it.
 
Born in 1990 in the Netherlands, Emmely moved to London almost a decade ago to study Textile Design at Central St Martins. She always had a fine art approach with fabrics and processes and after working as a stylist assistant she realised her passion lay in art not fashion. Accepting a job at a ceramic studio and enrolling onto an evening course to study traditional portrait sculpture, she found her voice through clay and sculpture.
 
Eventually mustering the courage to apply to an MA in Fine Art in 2015, she found the freedom to create years worth of ideas previously recorded in sketch books and laying in her subconscious. After her final show in October 2017 displaying three 8ft papier mache pots in the courtyard of Chelsea College of Arts, Emmely has gone on to be part of Clerkenwell Design Week and has had a sculpture selected and exhibited in Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Show. In September she has been selected to be a part of this years Art Car Boot Fair in Kings Cross and will have a painting being auctioned off at Environment Trusts Secret Art Sale 2018.
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Education:

Chelsea College of Arts MA Fine Art 2015 - 2017

Central St Martins BA Textile Design 2009 - 2012   


Shortlisted:

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017

ACME Studio Award

CBRE Spitalfields Public Sculpture Award



Selected Exhibitions:

2018

Royal Academy 250th Summer Show

'Harbingers' - Clerkenwell Design Week

2017

‘On the Rocks’ - Space Gallery, Folkestone Triennial - Group Show, Oct                                                                              

MA Summer Show – Chelsea College of Arts - Group Show, Sept                                                                                    

‘Same Name, Different Spelling’ – MAFA Gallery - Duo Show w/ Emily Durtnall, Aug                                                     

‘Pot Luck’ – Chelsea College of Arts - Solo Show, July                                                                                                         

Side Room presents Brian Dawn Chalkley - Group Show, July                                                                                        

‘Make Up’ – Highgate Gallery - Group Show, April                                                                                                

‘In Transit’ Interim Show - Chelsea Triangle Space - Group Show, Jan                                                                                             

2016

Head 2 Head – Punctum - Group Show, Dec  

Susak Expo 16 – Croatia - Group Show , Aug