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Emma Copley


Emma Copley’s work explores the everyday through painting and drawing. Working collaboratively and on her own she investigates colour, form and nature.

Emma has a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently pursuing an MA in Fine Art at Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge School of Art. She was one of 25 artists shortlisted in The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2016 and was a semi-finalist in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Award in 2015. Emma has shown her works internationally in exhibitions and fairs in the UK, the US, and Italy, including the ING Discerning Eye exhibition, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize and Exhibition, and The Other Art Fair (London). She has recently been offered ‘artist in residence’ at the Hospital Club in London in October 2017.


Awards and Activities

2017 October Artist in Residence, The Hospital Club, London

2017 Featured in March Issue Artists and Illustrators Magazine as ‘Painter to Watch’

2017 Shortlisted for the Sustainability Art Prize at Anglia Ruskin University, Feb

2017 Commissioned in January to create a painting for British Airways Advertisement

2016 Saatchi Art online blog Canvas, ‘One to Watch’ interview 17 Dec

2016 ING Discerning Eye Instagram Takeover! 16-26 Dec

2016 Aesthetica Magazine online blog, interview Nov

2016 Selected for ING Discerning Eye Nov 17-26

2016 Nov Issue (for sale 7 Oct), Featured article in The Artist Magazine, UK

2016 Shortlisted (final judging) Sunday Times Watercolour Award, London

2016 Shortlisted Artist for The Ashurst Emerging Art Prize, London

2016 Pre-Selected for the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, London

2016 Selected for the Lynn Painter Stainers Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2015 Semi Finalist for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

2015  Selected for ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2015  Shortlisted (final judging) for the National Open Art Competition

2014  Award funding, Access Art / Arts Council East UK, 40 Artists Educators

2012  Runner-Up, Creative Quarterly‘s 28th Int’l Competition, Best of Art and Design

2012  Awarded New York State grant, series of free public art classes, City of Troy, NY



2017 Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art, MA in Fine Arts *completion date: Sep 2017

2001  Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting

2001  European Honours Programme, Rome, Italy, Rhode Island School Of Design


Group Exhibitions

2017 May ‘This One’s For You’, collaborative work by Nina Lewis and Emma Copley, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

2017 April 13th ‘Collaboratory’ Artspace, Cambridge

2017 30 Mar-6 Apr, Sustainability Art Prize, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
2016 Dec, 15-18, Mapping Translations, Artspace, Cambridge

2016 October 6-9, The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London

2016 Sep 29-Oct 2, Cambridge Art Fair, Josephine Harpur Gallery

2016 June, 16-22, The Aldeburgh Gallery

2016 June, Lynn Painter Stainers Touring Exhibition, Guildford Art Gallery

2016 April, The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, Ashurst llp, London

2016 April, Introducing, Beside the Wave, Primrose Hill, London

2016 March, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize and Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2016 February, Ecriture Feminine, Edgar Modern, Bath (curated by Jennifer Dudley)

2015 Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Exhibition, Lyme Park National Trust, Cheshire

2015  ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London

2015  Summer Exhibition, Addenbrookes Art Programme, Cambridge

2015  Creative Reactions, Pint of Science, St Barnabus, Cambridge

2015  Cambridge Drawing Society, Guildhall, Cambridge

2012  The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

2012  Icing: Emma Copley Claire Sherwood, The Arts Center, Troy, NY

2012  Fatal Abstraction, Painting installation, Upstate Artists Guild, Albany, NY

2012  Allscapes, The Art Center of the Capitol Region, Troy, NY

2008  Emma Copley & Owen Sherwood, In collaboration with Martinez Gallery, Troy, NY

2006  Away, Clarion Contemporary Art, London, England

2006  Child, Clarion Contemporary Art, London, England

2002  Artist’s Group of Charlestown, Boston, MA

2002  Paintings of Gardens, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA

2000  Disegni Dagli Album, European Honours Programme, RISD, Rome, Italy


Solo Exhibitions

2013  Changing Spaces, Regents Street, Cambridge, England

2011  Dreams and Memories, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

2008  Nitty Gritty, Yates Art Gallery, Siena College, Albany, NY

2002  New Paintings, South West Gallery, Bethlehem, NY

2002  After Italy, Italian American Fine Arts Gallery, Worcester, MA

2001  The Show, Senior Thesis, European Honours Programme, RISD, Rome, Italy


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