Emma Louise Pratt

b. 1972, Taihape, Aotearoa New Zealand

Emma Louise Pratt studied at Ilam School of Fine Art, Canterbury University, New Zealand. She was the runner up in the New Zealand Molly Morpeth Canaday Award (2005), and a finalist in the Norsewear Award (2007) again in New Zealand, finalist in the Focus Abengoa International Painting Prize, Spain (2014) and finalist in the Parkin Drawing Prize (2019) in New Zealand.

Emma is known for her landscape based work where she explores specific landscapes that convey significance to her either for their historical or personal importance, serving as they always have, as a personal travel map.

Tired of Being Manuhiri (A visitor) 2015

Wandering Folk and Identity in a Global Present

Emma views herself as part of “the wandering folk.” Descendant of migrants, and a migrant herself, she always finds herself in the position of the visitor, the outsider, the other. She explores in her work the multifaceted tensions and shifting borders of what identity is in a global present. This reflection is also informed by her training in museology and love of history, both geological and human.

With this knowledge and quiet observation of everyday life around her, she interweaves her stories and stories of the land where she presently lives (Seville, Spain 2006-2017, Cambridge UK since 2017). Her children began to collaborate in the making of her work as a way of negotiating parenting and an arts practice. Echoes of their drawing and mark making, either free of directed, can be seen in her more recent work.

Carrying this idea forward, where the studio is a state of mind rather than a physical space, she began a relationship with a local school where she would create a pop-up art studio once a week. Children were invited to come and draw with her. They drew beside her and on her work. This year was a year of drawing. Given the upheaval of moving countries, culture and language (again), Emma had decided to strip back her practice to drawing as a way of easing into a new home, life  and community. Due to the need for mobility, immediacy, economy and accessibility, drawing also lent itself to her context.

Out of her experiences Emma has developed a workshop for teachers about drawing in the classroom. This is aimed at teachers with little visual arts background with the objective of helping them feel more confident about using drawing as a communicative tool in language lessons.

Emma is involved with the Visual Arts Circle, a group of language teaching practitioners with an interest in multi-modal literacy and explores the concept of being a teaching artist.

Emma has exhibited through Whitespace Contemporary Art in Auckland, New Zealand since 2005. She began exhibiting her work in TJFA in Palmerston North in 2001.

article in Ponsonby News writer Evan Woodruffe Emma Louise Pratt

Written Work

“The Image in English Language Teaching” published by Gunther Press 2017, Emma contributed the chapter about teaching artists and running an artist in schools project. The front cover features a detail of her work.

Emma wrote for Art All magazine regularly over nine years 2005-2014. Art All Magazine was a periodic magazine for the arts sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, published by Artists Alliance. |

An archive of her past articles and other pieces can be found in the blog Progress.

Illustration, Design and Course Development Work

Emma is the founder of an online teacher development platform: ELTCampus and Co-Director of Frameworks Education Group. She writes and creates online learning courses.

Education

1972 – Present: Life, curiosity and play.

2008: Post-Graduate in Programming and Web Design, Spain

2006: Portrait Under the tutelage of Seville Painter Meña Morillas, Spain

2000: Landscape Under the tutelage of Seville Painter Paco Broca, Spain

1999: Cambridge CELTA, Seville, Spain

1995: Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand

1991 – 1994: Ilam School of Fine Art Canterbury University, Christchurch New Zealand

Projects, Collaborations, Presentations, Performance, Workshops & Exhibitions

October 2019: Ways of Seeing: Drawing as a Pathway to Deeper Thinking

Image Conference, Brussels

 

August 2019: New Work on Paper

Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland www.whitespace.co.nz New Zealand

 

June 2019: Group Show Wildfire Gallery Project

Norwich, Norfolk, UK

 

April 2019: Workshop: Ways of Seeing: Drawing as a Pathway to Deeper Thinking

IATEFL Conference, Liverpool, UK

 

October 2018 to present: Artists in Schools Project and Artist Residency

Fawcett Primary School, Cambridge, UK

 

October 2018: Athens Image Conference Workshop

Athens, Greece

 

April 2018: A Workshop in Three Acts & Artist in Residence

Hilton and Brighton Centre, IATEFL International Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom

 

July 2017: Infinity Has No Centre: New Work

Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland www.whitespace.co.nz New Zealand

 

December 2016: Cinco Años

Group Show at Wabi Sabi Gallery, Seville, Spain

 

November 29 2016: Paintings

Whitespace Gallery, Auckland www.whitespace.co.nz New Zealand

 

October 2016: The Image Conference: Talk: Artists in Schools for Language Learning

Malta

 

May 2016: Colegio Beaterio de la Santisima Trinidad: Artists in Schools for Language Learning Project

Seville, Spain

 

November 2015: Group Show

Arusha Gallery at the Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, UK

 

October 2015: Innovate ELT Conference: Talk: Building Commmunity for Teacher Development

Barcelona, Spain

 

May 2015: Group Show

Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

 

April 2015: Nada en Común

Group Show at Wabi Sabi Gallery, Seville, Spain

 

October 2014: Learning Technology SIG: Talk: Reflections on Building an Online Course and Social Learning

Dublin, Ireland

 

May 2014: Postcards from the Garden of the Moorish King

Whitespace Gallery, Auckland www.whitespace.co.nz New Zealand

 

August 2013: Witness

Whitespace Gallery, Auckland www.whitespace.co.nz New Zealand

 

August 2012: Irene Ferguson and Emma Pratt: Witness

Hastings City Art Gallery www.hastingscityartgallery.co.nz New Zealand

 

August 2010: Look up Kathie Visual Work and Monologue

Whitespace Gallery, Auckland www.whitespace.co.nz New Zealand

 

August 2008: 40 Day Visual Work, Video, Audio and Spoken Works

GNS Science, Lower Hutt Whitespace Gallery, Auckland www.whitespace.co.nz New Zealand

 

November 2007 -present: Christmas Group Shows

Whitespace Gallery www.whitespace.co.nz Auckland, New Zealand

 

October, November 2007: Work from the Sanlucar Residency: Whakariuka nga Manu Inquietas son las Aves

New Works Solo Exhibition The British Institute, Seville and Tartaneros4, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain

 

September 2007: The Island Dweller New Works

Whitespace Gallery www.whitespace.co.nz Auckland, New Zealand

 

August 2007: TJFA Celebrating 10 Years Group Show

Taylor Jensen Gallery Palmerston North, New Zealand

 

May 2007: Group Show

Peter Rae Gallery Dunedin, New Zealand

 

August 2006: Elvis is a Go Man

Whitespace Gallery www.whitespace.co.nz Auckland, New Zealand

 

October 2005: Ki a Te Popi

Whitespace Gallery www.whitespace.co.nz. Auckland, New Zealand

 

August 2005: Journey to the Mountain

Taylor Jensen Gallery Palmerston North, New Zealand

 

March 2005: Stations of the Cross

St Andrews Presbyterian Church Palmerston North, New Zealand

 

October 2004: The Desert Road

Martinborough Gallery for Contemporary Art Martinborough, New Zealand

 

2003: Objects found on Shelves and Tables

McCormack Studio Gallery Wellington, New Zealand

 

2003: Interior

Taylor Jensen Gallery Palmerston North, New Zealand

 

2002: Home Land

Taylor Jensen Gallery Palmerston North, New Zealand

 

2001: Tres Mujeres en el Ateneo Group show

Ateneo Seville, Spain

 

1995: Time Marking

Community Arts Centre Hastings, New Zealand