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1978 Born in Melbourne

2000 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) (Honours), RMIT University, Melbourne
1999 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) RMIT University, Melbourne


Forager, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

Amoris Labor, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney

Recent Works, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
Perpetua, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

Before the first rain, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

Wayfaring, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

A homage to a private place, First Draft Inc, Sydney
A barn for a goddess and other tales, West Space, Melbourne

The things you do for love, Bus Gallery, Melbourne
December Saints, Seventh Gallery Inc, Melbourne

Recent works, Little Salon, Fitzroy
Recent works, Body, St Kilda East

Recent works, Body, St Kilda East
144 grids (a piece of ivory), Red Gallery, North Fitzroy
Untitled installation, Experimental Art Space, Melbourne University Student Union, Melbourne



How does your garden grow?, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn


Linden Projects: Paper, Linden Arts, St Kilda


Ash Island and its Transformations, Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle


Myths and Legends of the World, Aram Nuri Museum, Goyang, South Korea
Cut, USQ Arts Gallery, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
Lethbridge 10000 Art Award , Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane (finalist)
Hazelhurst Art Award, Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney (finalist)
Year of the Bird, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
World Pop-Up Art, Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul, South Korea


The First Cut, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
The Tree, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany

Recent works, John Buckley Gallery, Richmond
Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Gymea (finalist)
A4 Paper Festival, The Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney

, 124 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East, Victoria
Form, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, New South Wales

Small works Christmas show, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
The Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast
Studio show, Kings Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne
Winter show, Despard Gallery, Hobart

New Victorians
, University of Sydney Art Gallery, Sydney
, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne
Sanskriti Kendra Open House Exhibition
, Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi, India
, 24HRArt Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin
The Summer Exhibition, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

To Be Confirmed …, Art, Design and Craft Biennial 2007, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
Royal Rumble 2, Kings Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne

Christmas Collectors Exhibition, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Prize, ABN AMRO, Melbourne
Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne
Lexicon (curator: Martina Copley), Exhibition Space at Melbourne City Library, Melbourne
Selekta 2006, West Space, Melbourne
Snapshot: Inaugural Exhibition, John Buckley Fine Art, Richmond
Postscript (curator: Simon Gregg), RMIT Project Space, Carlton

It’s all about us (curator: Geneine Honey), Arts Victoria, Southbank

Exploration 5 (curator: Claire Harris), Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
Explorations in paper (collaboration with Claire Best), Level 11 Gallery, Melbourne

Leisureland (curator: Jenni Port), Red Gallery, North Fitzroy

Ballarat Gallery of Art
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Private collections in Australia, United States, Indonesia and New Zealand


2014 Grant, Creative Victoria
2014 Residency, The Lock Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle
2010 Commission, Mater Hospital, Brisbane
2008 Residency, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
2007 Commission, Wintergarden installation, Federation Square, Melbourne
2007 Grant, Skills and Arts Development, Australia Council
2007 Grant, Australia Cultural Fund
2005 Grant, New work, Australia Council
2003 Grant, Melbourne University Student Union


Film: Ash Island and its Transformations – Emma van Leest, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, September 2014
Artist of the Week: Emma van Leest
,, 12 March 2014
Ildi Amon, Paper Power, Issimo Magazine, 13 January 2014
The Spitfiremom Society Blog, Interview, 30 December 2013
Frankie Magazine Blog, Artist interview – Emma van Leest, 14 September 2013
Lomography Magazine Blog, The Intricate Cut-Out Stories of Emma van Leest, 23 July 2013
KW Doggett ‘Fetch’ Blog, Interview with Emma van Leest paper cut artist, 4 December 2011
Kora Organics Blog, Polli Jewellery collaborate with paper cutting artist Emma van Leest, 12 September 2011
Daily Imprint, Paper Artist Emma van Leest, 2 June 2011
Paper Runway, Introducing Emma van Leest, 15 May 2011
The Design Files, Interview – Emma van Leest, 1 April 2011
Art Nation – Emma van Leest, ABC1 TV, 7 November 2010
Jean-Charles Trebbi, L’art de la découpe, Editions Alternatives, Paris, 2010
Suzanna Clarke, A cut above the ordinary, The Courier Mail, 28 August 2010
Victionary Workshop, Illustration: Play, Hong Kong 2010
Chin Thing, Designers to watch, Space 2010 #2, Malaysia
Lee Tran Lam, Staff wishlist, Inside Out magazine, Christmas issue Vol 3 No 1, 2009
Miguel Canseco, Arquitectura de lo ligero, Siglo Nuevo (Mexico), 2009
Lee Tran Lam, The incredible paper art of Emma van Leest, Inside Out Blog, 2009
Alex Warren, Collector’s Edition, Inside Out magazine, September-October 2009
Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson, I make stuff, Melbourne, 2009
Jemima Kemp, Celebrations of the grotesque; the new sublime in Australian contemporary practice, Eyeline No 68, 2009
Page One Publishing, Perfect Paper, Singapore, 2009
I T Post, China, October 2008
Louise Tegart, New Victorians Catalogue Essay, The University of Sydney, 2008
Vogue Living Australia, Bright young things, November 2007
Gordon Craig, Catalogue essay, Art Design and Craft Biennial 2007
Simon Gregg, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts, No. 63, Winter, 2007
Robert Nelson, Art that generates its own scintillating electricity, The Age, 28 February 2007
Megan Backhouse, In galleries, it’s show time, The Age, Saturday 20 January 2007
Simon Gregg, Melburnin, In Trouble, December 2006/January 2007
Christine Morrow, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, catalogue essay, August, 2006
Pamela Mei-Leng See, Cutting in: Comparing Sino-Australian paper-cutting practice, Craft Australia website, July 2006
Freya Lombardo, Hot Young Designers 2005, Monument, Issue 68 2005
Simon Gregg, December Saints, Artlink, Volume 25 No 3 2005