EMMA DEXTER CV October 2014

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• 2013 – 14 MA Creative Practice, Leeds College of Art, Leeds
• 2011 – PTLLS – FE teaching qualification, South Notts College, Nottingham
• 2008-09 – Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts – Sculpture (Distinction) – West Dean College, Chichester and University of Sussex
• 2003 – Short course – Gallery and Museum Education, Tate Liverpool
• 1996 – 2000 – Traditional Apprenticeship in Stonemasonry and Stone-carving, York Minster
• Educated, until the age of 17 in Germany, with the equivalent of 11 GCSEs. Fully fluent in both German and English

• MA show, Munro Gallery, Leeds
• “Truth / Justice – Lies / Injustice”, Oxford Group show alongside artists: Gibson and Martelli,
Robert Monday and Matthew Andrews
• “Feminism & Enlightenment”, Nottingham Group show with ‘BlankAtlas’
• Solo show at DSArts, London
• ‘Revolution’ – Frequency Digital Culture Festival, Lincoln Large lenticular created from an optical illusion: “Universal Cabaret 2”
• “Human Creates, Human Destroys”, New Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham Group exhibition with ‘BlankAtlas’
• Article in the avant-garde section of the online publication, ‘Soanyway Magazine’.
• “Carnival of Monsters”, Nottingham Group show
• Surrealist show ‘Day of the Dead’ – Mexican Ambassador’s Residency, London. Optical illusion: ‘Vortex 1- Dreamscape’ was in a group installation, alongside works of other surrealist artists Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Leanor Fini, Max Schneider and Leonora Carrington
• The Lava Collective Gallery, The Rag Factory, London Group show
• ‘The House of Dub’, Outlook Festival 2011, Croatia ‘Vortex 2 ‘– optical illusion, commissioned for group installation with Lava Collective Gallery
• ‘Terra Incognita’ – Surface Gallery, Nottingham, in conjunction with Sideshow, alongside British Art Show 7 – joint exhibition
• End of Year Show – Postgraduate Studies, West Dean College, Sussex – group show
• ‘Isolation Unit ‘–The Light Shopping Mall, Leeds for Ladyfest 2007 solo exhibition – site specific installation
• ‘Elixir Pandemonium’ – ‘a delicate matter’ gallery, Patrick Studios, Leeds – solo show – site specific installation for a miniaturised art gallery
• Group Exhibition, Design Innovation Centre, Leeds
• Open Show Group Exhibition – Leeds City Art Gallery

2010 West Dean House, Sussex
• Investigating spatial reflections and developing a series of optical illusions. The sculpture ‘Vortex 1 – Dreamscape’ is now in the Edward James Foundation limited edition collection
2009 Las Pozas, Xilitla – Edward James’ world renowned surrealist garden in Mexico.
• The first sculptor to create a permanent sculpture in his rainforest since Edward James, created ‘Blue Muse’, a 6’ hollow concrete sculpture, hanging over the waterfalls; there is also a permanent sculpture in the Edward James Gallery in Las Pozas and ‘Navel of the Moon’ – a large rotating mobile sculpture, created in collaboration with ‘Cubex’
2006 University of Leeds
• Developed and created work for the installation in the miniature gallery ‘a delicate matter’

November 2009 – Current
• Gallery Assistant – Nottingham Contemporary
2002 – 2006
• Gallery Assistant /Docent – The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
2009- 2012
• West Dean College various work, including: Consultant for promotional material for college programme; Project Manager/Student Mentor for creation of public artworks, for West Dean Festival; Associate Tutor, Fine Art Department; Joint organiser Children’s Festival – Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico, and running Automata and Sculpture workshops with local indigenous children, creating partnership links between Xilitla and West Dean Primary School,;Developed business proposal for a Children’s Festival in Las Pozas, Mexico,
2000 to Current
Self employed artist, sculptor and installation artist
• Public and private commissions, including sculptures to be handled by visually impaired visitors for Leeds City Art Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery permanent collections, (latter on display at Beningborough Hall, York).
• Architects of Air, Nottingham – Pneumatic Sculpture Technician
• Rocket Scenery, Nottingham -Theatrical Scenic Painter
• Visiting artist at a Leeds school working with excluded children and their parents Project to develop shared learning and experiences, resulting in a vast mural made by the families being exhibited in Leeds city centre, then later in their own school
• Leeds City Art Gallery; University of Leeds and Leeds School of Contemporary Dance – Visiting lecturer
• Instructor on Carving Module – MA Conservation course, Kings Manor, University of York

• Joint funding – Fondo Xilitla and The Edward James Foundation
• Grant from Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust
• Funding for Residency – Fondo Xilitla and The Edward James Foundation
• Bursary from The Edward James Foundation
• Grant from the Yorkshire Ladies Council of Education
• Recipient of the Bird’s Charity Award, Royal Academy
• Grant from Yorkshire Arts
• Certificate of Achievement for a collaborative public sculpture – Dean and Chapter of
Cathedral Church of St Peter, Gloucester
• Grant from The Prince’s Trust
• Awarded Freedom of the City of York by the Lord Mayor, being the first Freeman in
40 years to receive the honour through servitude rather than patrimony


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