Emily Allchurch's collages use Old Masters as their templates which are then rebuilt through a contemporary lens. The principal work in this exhibition draws on Bruegel's Tower of Babel, recreated with images of the perpetual construction site that is London as a property investment haven. In this process, the moral allegory of the original is updated with the modern phenomena: the lifestyle promises of advertising and the unrelenting pursuit of corporate growth are reframed and given new poignancy.
Emily Allchurch's collages use Old Masters as their templates which are then rebuilt through a contemporary lens. The principal work in this exhibition draws on Bruegel's Tower of Babel, recreated with images of the perpetual construction site that is London as a property investment haven. In this process, the moral allegory of the original is updated with the modern phenomena: the lifestyle promises of advertising and the unrelenting pursuit of corporate growth are reframed and given new poignancy. Other pieces rework Piranesi's drawings with architectural images from London, Rome and St Petersburg, examining the repetitive forms taken by imperial ambitions and how they frame shared cultural memory.
Royal College of Art, London. MA Sculpture. 1997-1999
Kent Institute of Art & Design BA (Hons) Fine Art. First class. 1993-1996
U.W.E Bristol. Foundation Art & Design. 1992-1993
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Architectural Visions of a Grand Tour. Sir John Soane Museum, London.
2015 In the Footsteps of a Master. Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham
2015 In the Footsteps of a Master. Manchester City Art Gallery.
2013/14 Tokaido Road. Tokaido Hiroshige Museum, Shizouka. Japan
2011 Tokyo Story. Diemar Noble Photography. London
2011 Tokyo Story. Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. London
2008 Urban Chiaroscuro. Galeria Galica, Milan.
2007 Urban Chiaroscuro. Frost and Reed Contemporary. London
2006 Emily Allchurch, A Retropsective. Frost & Reed Contemporary. London
2006 Model City. Galica Arte Contemporanea. Milan
2006 Model City. Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary. Canada
2004/5 Settings.The Blue Gallery. London.
2003 Setting. Solo Show. Galica Arte Contemporanea. Milan.
2002 Light Sensitive. Solo Show. east73rdgallery. London.
2002 Exposure with Laura White Standpoint Gallery. London.
2002 A Hill with a View with Pamela Wells. Orleans House Gallery. Twickenham.
2001 On The Horizon. Royal London Hospital.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Merge Visible. Mall Galleries, London.
2016 Fix Photo Festival. Bargehouse Gallery / LA Noble Gallery, London.
2015 :Xenotopia. Gibberd Gallery, Harlow.
2014/15 Small is Beautiful. Flowers, New York
2014 /seconds. Sharjah Art Foundation
2014 Edo Pop. Graphic Impact of Japanese Art. Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore.
2013/14 Sense of Soane. School of Art Gallery. Aberystwyth University.
2013 /14/15 RA Summer Exhibition. London
2013 Liminal. Camberwell College of Art, London.
2013 The Wisdom of Escape, Nancy victor Gallery, London.
2013 Edo Pop. Japan Society Gallery. New York.
2013 Memory & Imagination. Dutch Italianate & Contemporary Landscape. Mall Galleries
2012 Sense of Soane. PM Gallery & House. London
2012 BITE: Artists making prints. Mall Galleries. London
2011 Edo Pop. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. USA
2010 Based on a True Story. ArtSway. New Forest. UK
2010 Perspectives. Candlestar. Hyatt Regency, London
2009 Paper City: Urban Utopias. Royal Academy of Arts
2009 Diemar/Noble Photography. Inaugural exhibition, London.
2008 Transcriptions. Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.
2008 Set in Stone. PM Gallery and House. London
2007 The Light Fantastic. Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2007 Britain in Pictures. Museum of Film & Photography, Bradford.
2006 Lumiere, transparence, opacite. Nouveau Musee National de Monaco
2006 Making Space. Corporation of London, Spitalfields. London.
2006 Celeste Art Prize. The Well, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
2006 Metropolitanscape, Palazzo Cavour. Olimpiadi Program of Culture.Turin
2006 The Boundary, the Limit, a look at the City. Reggio Emilia. Italy
2005 The Wrong Map. Three Colts Gallery, London
2005 A Digital Picture of Britain. Museum of Film & Photography, Bradford.
2003 Landscape. The Blue Gallery. London.
2003 La Ciudad Radiante. Bancaja Foundation. Valencia. Spain.
2003 Distopie Urbane. Change Studio d’Arte Contemporanea. Rome
2002 2 in uno. Galica Arte Contempoanea. Milan
2000/1 And then there was the bad weather…LWF Projects. London & Memphis USA2000 2000 Tunnel Vision. Alydwych tube station. London Open House.
Selected Commissions / Awards
2016 a-n Travel Bursary
2015 Grants for the Arts Award. Arts Council England. Tower of Nottingham.
2014/15 Art Happens. Manchester Art Gallery, Crowd funding Commission. The Art Fund
2014 Friends of the Institute Public Lecture. Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2013 Artist in Residence, Tokaido Hiroshige Museum, Shizuoka, Japan
2013 AA2A Artist in Residence at Wimbledon College of Art
2013 Honorary Fellow. Society of Architectural Illustration.
2012 Grants for the Arts Award. Arts Council England. Sense of Soane.
2012 Diamond Jubilee Pageant Commission. States of Jersey, Channel Islands
2011 This Green and Pleasant Land. BBC 4 film celebrating British landscape painting.
2007 Britain in Pictures. How we Built BritainBBC series profiling British Photographers
2006 Celeste Art Prize. Finalist
2006 Artist in Residence. Financial Services Authority.
2006 Visiting Artist. Drawing Department. Alberta College of Art & Design. Canada
2005 A Digital Picture of Britain. BBC series profiling British Photographers
2004 Museum & Galleries Month Award: Most inspiring project. Orleans House Gallery.
2003 London Residencies. Footsteps in the Street. London Arts Grant.
2002 A Hill with a View. Commission for Orleans House Gallery. Twickenham.
2001 London Arts. Individual Artist Bursary.
2000/1 Year of the Artist Residency Award. Arts Council of England.
2000 Route 12:36 commission. South London Gallery.
Manchester Art Gallery / Tokaido Hiroshige Museum, Japan / Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA / Nouveau Musée National de Monaco / States of Jersey, Channel Islands / Galleria Parmeggiani, Italy / ACAD, Canada / Financial Services Authority, London / Fidelity, Tokyo / Aspen Re Insurance, London / Unilever , London / Schroders, London Borough Art Collection, Twickenham
Selected Publications / Reviews / Articles
Photomonitor – August 2015. In the Footsteps of a Master. Review by Camilla Brown.
Manchester Art Gallery. 2015. Catalogue. Emily Allchurch. In the Footsteps of a Master.
Ashgate. 2014. The Architectural Capriccio: Memory, Fantasy & Invention ISBN: 987-1-409-3191-6
Impressions (The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America). Issue: 34. 2013 pp 122-139
Photo+. South Korea. Issue 12, Winter 2012.Tokyo Story - pp. 34-41
Sunday Telegraph Seven Magazine. 9th September 2012.
FT weekend. 21st & 22nd Jan 2012. London Art Fair Review , Francis Hodgson. Life & Arts p.11
The Sunday Times Magazine. 6 March 2011, p.42
Printmaker Today. Winter Issue 2010. Front cover.
Digital Photographer. Issue 102. 2010. Text by Dylan Baker. pp.74-77
Frieze. Issue 134. October 2010. Text by David Trigg. pp.246-247
Fotografi. Winter 2008 (Norway) Text by Michael Diemar pp. 28-35
Portfolio. Issue 47. June 2008. Text by Nigel Warburton. pp 50-55
FMR. White Edition. Classical 2008. (Italy). Text by Walter Guadagnini. pp 34-45
Printmaking Today. Vol 17 No.2 Summer 2008, Anne Desmet Old Masters Reborn pp.10 & 11
Digital Photography Masterclass. Tom Ang. Dorling Kindersley Ltd. May 2008. pp.332-337
Arte. May 2008. Emily Allchurch Architetture Ideali by Nicoletta Cobolli Gigli. pp.120-125.
Building Design. 4 April 2008. Mean Streets by Gareth Gardner, p.16.
Design Week. Volume 23 / Number 13. 27 March 2008. Stone Cold by Clare Dowdy. Back Cover
BBC Radio London. Robert Elms show. Interview for Set in Stone. 24th March 2008.
Guardian Guide. 22-28 March 2008. Exhibitions Previews p.37.
Arts Industry. 7 March 2008. Issue 204. Front Cover.
Ag Magazine. Number 50. pp.10-11. Winter 2008.
Blueprint. Paper City Commission. p.82. January 2008
/Seconds 7: sci-fi, utopia, roadside picnics. December 2007
Urban Chiaroscuro. Exhibition catalogue 2007. ISBN 978-0-9556134-1-8
Contemporary. Issue #91. Special issue on digital art. David Shariatmadari. 2007
Arte. June 2006. Emily Allchurch Sfida ai Capolavori di Nicoletta Cobolli Gigli. pp84-89
Corriere della Sera. London Transformed by Emily. Italy.14th June 2006
The Daily Telegraph. Market News p.28. January 10th 2006
Times T2 Supplement London Art Fair. January 2005