Emma Rushton


Multi-part projects, to which other specific artists or cultural producers are invited to contribute, seeking to question spaces and appropriate places for the presentation and discussion of the socio-political art object or event.

Currently developing a new body of work 'The Wailing Project' through a website and exhibition 'Sinister Island' and a series of events. The Wailing Project began with an open call and week of activation of the gallery space at APT, Deptford, London in August 2018.

My specialisms include: Collaborative practice, socially engaged practice; alternative spaces, text and publications; sculpture and video, feminist and political practice. 

Research interests

The Wailing Project, ongoing, artists work evolving from experiences of trauma, including website under the heading Sinister Island. Involved in TRAFFIC, a cross European arts programme set up by Lokaal 01, Antwerp, involving artists and art schools in the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in a moving programme of events, discussions and exhibitions. I was invited to contribute to the summer school 'Mobile Autonomy' at Middleheim Museum, Antwerp, in August 2015,alongside Thomas Hirschorn and Media Raqs collective.

Worked as part of the collaborative Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman from 2000 to 2016. Solo exhibitions included: Dread of Scarcity, Fear of Abundance, Simultanhalle, Koln, Germany, 2015; Fear of the Surplus, The Tetley, Leeds, 2013/2014; The Good Life, Lanternhouse, The Lake District, 2011/2012; Argument at, Argument Arts Space, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 2012; Piccadillyland, Art on the Underground, London, 2009; The Wild, Crescent Arts, Scarborough, 2008; Will Someone Stop You...? Artis Den Bosch, The Netherlands, 2007; Unit 2 Gallery, London and 1a Space, Hong Kong, China (both 2006), Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and City Art Gallery, Leeds, England (both 2005); Konstakuten, Stockholm, Sweden (2004); Lokaal 01, Breda, The Netherlands (2003). Gnawed by Rats, focused on the theft of the commons, as artists in residence in Lincoln (2015/16) revisiting the Magna Carta and Charter of the Forests, and; Where Do I End and You Begin at Edinburgh Arts Centre as part of Edinburgh Arts Festival (31 July - 19 October 2014), where we commissioned a video lecture by Andy Whiteman, exhibited within (Rushton and Tyman's) Flaghall. Scheduled live events as part of the project entitled Stop Thief! took place on: 2, 30, 31st August, 2, 19 October, 2014. From 2011 to 2012 developed The Good Life as a residency at Lanterhouse, The Lake District, UK. In 2006 we participated in the international residency programme at 1a Space, Hong Kong. During 2004 - 2005 as Artists-in-Residence for ASSEMBLY 05, Bath. As artists in residence in Lincoln to develop a project as part of Magna Carta Lincoln Voices programme 2015 - 2017. Our project explored the history and contemporary relevance of Magna Carta and Charter of the Forests, focusing in particular on the Theft of the commons and seeking alternative voices about the Charters. To begin Gnawed by Rats, we invited historian Peter Linebaugh to present a lecture in the Victorian Prison within Lincoln Castle on 15 June 2015, 800 years to the day, since the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. Linebaugh's talk "The Future of the Charter's of Liberty in the 21st Century: From homo idioticus to femina communis" set the scene for the project and can be viewed at: http://thisistomorrow.info/broadcasts/view/precorded-broadcast-a-talk-by-historian-peter-linebaugh

I work with public bodies and galleries and artist run spaces. As part of the collaboration Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman (2000 - 2015) research focused on particular locations, historical and fictional events to examine notions of public/civic space and place and ideas of belonging, resistance and protest. I often invites others - artists, writers, historians, economists, sociologists, curators, musicians, into my projects. I am interested in where art gets shown, to whom, as what, and when, and who gets to make those decisions. The practice of Rushton and Tyman responded to context and location. Fear of The Surplus, the opening exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds (Nov 2013 - Jan 2014) focused on 'work' and 'scapegoats'. Fear of the Surplus involved a series of lectures taking place on a purpose built hand painted stage situated in the atrium of the former brewery. Speakers included Zygmunt Bauman, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Guy Standing. For The Good Life, Lanterhouse, Ulverston (2011/2012) Rushton and Tyman constructed a copy of Henry David Thoreau's cabin in the woods in Miterdale Forest, The Lake District, where writers, philosophers and artists were invited to spend time doing nothing - contemplating the good life. The Argument is not finished and the stage is being built, Argument Arts Space, Tilburg (2012) brought together an unfinished stage, a text, curtain and a burned out car, responding to shared responses to political situations developing in The Netherlands and the UK. Piccadillyland (2009) formed part of Thin Cities for Art on the Underground, London. The publication Piccadillyland was produced in the format of a fiction novel which brought together all the quotes in fictional novels relating to the Piccadilly line into one interwoven text. Copies were given away free on the Piccadilly line. Will Someone Stop You...? Artis Den Bosch, The Netherlands, 2007, focused on the flight of Mathais Rust, the young West German who in 1987 flew into Red Square, Moscow, in the then USSR.

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Student education

I work mainly with final year BA Fine Art students in Studio Practice, towards their degree exhibition and the provision of professional practice. I also contribute to undergraduate levels 1 and 2 and the MA programme.

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