Previous AA2A Artist

Emily Allchurch

Artform:
Photo based artist
Year:
2012-13
Location:
London
Email:
emily@emilyallchurch.com
Project summary:

 

Since completing my MA at the Royal College of Art, I have established a reputation for my photographic re-creations of old master prints and paintings set in a contemporary idiom. By meticulously assembling hundreds of photographs using digital software, I form a seamless, painterly story about a city or an event compressed into a single scene, reflecting a social narrative for our times. I have exhibited extensively including the Royal Academy of Arts (London), Japan Society Gallery (New York) and the Palazzo Cavour (Turin). I have my works in public collections such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (USA), Tokaido Hiroshige Museum (Japan) and the Nouvee Musée national de Monaco.

 

In 2012 I applied to the AA2A residency scheme because I felt at a stage in my career where I would greatly benefit from some time to research and experiment in an academic environment in order to move my ideas forward. I was excited to observe a resurgence of artists working with analogue and digital cross-processes in photography and decided to develop new work involving such experimentation. Access to darkroom facilities and technical expertise at Wimbledon College of Art was an invaluable opportunity to play and take risks away from the usual pressures of professional practice. It was exciting and inspiring to be back in the dark room after so many years and I was able to combine my experiments with my usual digital techniques to create surprising new ideas.

 

The residency was also an opportunity to forge lasting friendships with the other AA2A artists and to have a dialogue with the students and tutors at the college. In July 2013 all the AA2A artists from Wimbledon College of Art, Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Art & Design exhibited their work in a group show 'Liminal' at Camberwell Space.

 

Since completing my MA at the Royal College of Art, I have established a reputation for my photographic re-creations of old master prints and paintings set in a contemporary idiom. By meticulously assembling hundreds of photographs using digital software, I form a seamless, painterly story about a city or an event compressed into a single scene, reflecting a social narrative for our times. I have exhibited extensively including the Royal Academy of Arts (London), Japan Society Gallery (New York) and the Palazzo Cavour (Turin). I have my works in public collections such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (USA), Tokaido Hiroshige Museum (Japan) and the Nouvee Musée national de Monaco.

 

In 2012 I applied to the AA2A residency scheme because I felt at a stage in my career where I would greatly benefit from some time to research and experiment in an academic environment in order to move my ideas forward. I was excited to observe a resurgence of artists working with analogue and digital cross-processes in photography and decided to develop new work involving such experimentation. Access to darkroom facilities and technical expertise at Wimbledon College of Art was an invaluable opportunity to play and take risks away from the usual pressures of professional practice. It was exciting and inspiring to be back in the dark room after so many years and I was able to combine my experiments with my usual digital techniques to create surprising new ideas.

 

The residency was also an opportunity to forge lasting friendships with the other AA2A artists and to have a dialogue with the students and tutors at the college. In July 2013 all the AA2A artists from Wimbledon College of Art, Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Art & Design exhibited their work in a group show 'Liminal' at Camberwell Space.

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