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A short film – Ash Island and its Transformations

2014 October 9
by emma

There is a beautiful series of short films about the exhibition and all of the participants on the Lock Up Cultural Centre website.

Here’s my film:

Ash Island and its Transformations – Emma van Leest from The Lock-Up on Vimeo.

Between the shadows and forgetting

2014 September 3
by emma


Work details:
Between the shadows and forgetting
Tyvek, foamcore, tape
260cm x 460cm x 220cm

See the full gallery here.



Residency at the Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle

2014 May 8
by emma

I am at the Lock-Up Cultural Centre in Newcastle doing a residency for the next two weeks (until 21 May) and then doing another stint in late August-early September.

Where I am staying, the Lock-Up Cultural Centre

Where I am staying, the Lock-Up Cultural Centre

The project and The Lock-Up’s Artist in Residence program is proudly supported by ArtsNSW, The University of Newcastle and the Hunter Street Art School, TAFE.

For the duration of the residency, I will be keeping a blog. I haven’t kept a blog since my  ‘Disenchanted Mongolian Pony’ blog about 10 years ago. This one will be a lot less self-indulgent, I promise you. Visit to see how my residency is going.

Large Infanta

2014 March 16
by emma

Large Infanta

Currently being exhibited at John Buckley Gallery in my solo show Forager.

Image details: Large Infanta, 2013, archival paper, foamcore and glue, 78 x 57cm

Solo Exhibition “Forager” at John Buckley Gallery

2014 March 9
by emma


5 – 29 March 2014

Celebration Drinks 3-5pm Saturday, 15 March 2015

John Buckley Gallery
114 Bendigo Street
Prahran Victoria Australia

Gallery opening hours:  Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 5pm or by appointment
More information on the exhibition

See all the works here.

Archival paper, balsa, mirrored acrylic and glue
69.5 x 69 cm (framed)

Dream a Little Dream

2014 January 31
by emma


It’s been a long standing hope of mine to work with the amazing Amanda Henderson and her team at Gloss Creative… and I got my wish at Christmas 2013!

With Ross Sabatini, I provided artwork for the installation at QV, “Dream a little dream”.

See the pictures on the Gloss Creative blog. Thank you Amanda!


Goyang Series

2014 January 30
by emma

The exhibition “Myths and Legends of the World” at Aram Nuri Art Museum in Goyang, South Korea continues until 2 March 2014.

You can see my works ‘Goyang Series’ here. They are inspired by the story of King Anjang and Beautiful Hanju, who fall in love when he is a spy in her city, and must overcome adversity before they are united and Hanju becomes his queen.

Goyang Series III

Small edition paper cuts at LoveHate…

2014 January 30
by emma

I have worked with my good friend Geneine Honey at LoveHate to produce small editions of these paper cuts. Framed and ready to give as a gift (to others or yourself).

Tree paper cut

Amoris labor

2013 March 6
by emma

My solo exhibition at Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney opens next week on Wednesday, 13 March 2013.

Images are now on my website here.


Come by chance archival paper, foamcore and glue  28.5 x 28.5cm

Come by chance
archival paper, foamcore and glue
28.5 x 28.5cm

Images, prices and all other details are now available on the Olsen Irwin website.

A sneak peak…

2013 February 25
by emma


… at a work which will be included in my upcoming solo show at Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney. It opens on 13 March 2013.

Archival paper, foamcore and glue
46 x 23 cm