Emer Gillespie (b. 1980, Cork) is an Irish artist, currently living in Brighton in the UK. Graduating with an MA in Photography from the London College in Communication in 2009, her work is personal in nature, examining issues around motherhood, alternative family structures and the role that the subject and photographer play in creative collaborations.

Education

  • 2013 – PGCE in Post-compulsory education, University of Brighton
  • 2009 – MA Photography, London College of Communications
  • 2007 – PG Cert Photography, Central Saint Martins
  • 2005 – BA (Hons) Textiles, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

 

Solo Exhibitions & Projects

  • 2015 – Picture you, Picture me, Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare
  • 2011 – Home Narratives, RúaRed Gallery, Dublin
  • 2009 – Trains, The Space, Hove
  • 2008 – Domestication, 3 and 10 Theatre, Brighton Photo Fringe
  • 2008 – Domestication, Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare
  • 2008 – Domestication,Market House, Mullingar
  • 2007 – Domestication, The Basement Gallery, Dundalk
  • 2006 – Exhaust me, Galway Arts Centre

 

Selected Group Exhibitions & Projects

  • 2015 – Love will tear us apart, Centre Photographic, Claremont-Ferrand, France
  • 2014 – Perugia Social Photo Festival, Perugia, Italy
  • 2014 – How One Thing Leads to Another, Housten Centre for Photography, Texas
  • 2014 – Critical Mass, Cordon Potts Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2013  - Encontros da Imagem, International Photography Festival, Portugal
  • 2013 - Fotovisura curated show, PhotoVille, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2013 – The Space Between: The Lyrical and the Ordinary, V&A Museum of Childhood
  • 2012 - Photoville 2012 : FotoVisura’s Women in Photography , Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York
  • 2012 - Arles Photography Open Salon, Arles, France
  • 2012 - Open Now, Gallery of photography, Dublin
  • 2012 - Open Now, Belfast Photo Factory, Gallery Nine, Belfast
  • 2011 - Altered States, Foley Gallery, New York
  • 2011 – Shifting Perspectives, OXO Gallery, Southbank, London
  • 2010 – IPA, Best of Show, New York
  • 2010 – Home Truths, Brighton Photo Fringe
  • 2010 – Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed, Photographers Gallery, London
  • 2010 – Slide Nite, Photo Month, Krakow, Poland
  • 2009 – Shifting Perspectives, OXO Gallery, Southbank, London
  • 2008 – Trick or Treat, Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford, Ireland
  • 2008 – XHIBIT, Davies Street, University of the Arts London
  • 2008 – Artists Film at the Collection, Usher Gallery, Lincolnshire
  • 2007 – Strikethrough at The Trafalgar, Trafalgar Square, London
  • 2007 – CROP, Cenral Saint Martins post-graduate Show, London
  • 2006 – Max5 Festival, Southwark
  • 2006 – Document, Millennium Arts building, NUIG, Galway
  • 2005 – Co-Lab, Tulca Arts Festival, Galway
  • 2005 – The Fourth Floor, eNSO, Hynes Yard Car Park, Galway
  • 2005 – Galway Film Fleadh, Short film section, Galway
  • 2005 – Praxis, Cork City of Culture, Tig Fili Gallery, Cork
  • 2005 – The Book of Ideas, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, China

 

Publications and features

  • 2014 – GUP, Featured Portfolio, May 2014
  • 2014 – Frankie Magazine, April 2014
  • 2014 – Shot Through the Heart, The Irish Times Magazine, Jan 2014
  • 2014 – Feature Shoot, Featured Portfolio, Jan 2014
  • 2013 – Lenscratch, Portfolio feature, Dec 2013
  • 2013 – F-Stop Magazine; Issue #57
  • 2013 – Love will tear us apart, Encontros da Imagem
  • 2012 – FOAM magazine, Issue #32
  • 2012 – Shifting Perspectives Book
  • 2012 – Photoworks Showcase
  • 2011 – SuperMassiveBlackHole, Issue 8
  • 2010 – Esquire Russia (November)
  • 2010 – Photovisura (October)
  • 2010 – IPA Annual Book

 

Fellowships, Residencies & Awards

  • 2014 – Ideas Tap, Magnum Professional development opportunity
  • 2013 – Critical Mass top 50 2013, Photo Lucida
  • 2013 – Top Finalist, Photovisura Grant
  • 2011 - Short-listed for the Bar-Tur Award
  • 2010 – IPA Award 1st in People: Family
  • 2008 – Shots Young Photographer
  • 2008 – PX3 Honorable Mention
  • 2005/2006 – Artist-in-residence, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
  • 2005 – Bank of Ireland Student of the Year, Cluain Mhuire, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology