Lecturer in Fine Art
0113 34 35264
Old Mining Building, Room GO.3B
BA, Brighton, MA, Royal College of Art
Collaborative multi-part projects that focus on particular locations, historical and fictional events to examine notions of public/civic space and place and ideas of belonging, resistance and protest.
Solo exhibitions include: Dread of Scarcity, Fear of Abundance, Simultanhalle, Koln, Germany, 2015; Fear of the Surplus, The Tetley, Leeds, 2013/2014; The Good Life, Lanternhouse, The Lake District, 2011/2012; The Argument is not finished and the stage is still being built, Argument Arts Space, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 2012; Piccadillyland, Art on the Underground, London, 2009; The Wild, Crescent Arts, Scarborough, 2008; Will Someone Stop You…? Artis Den Bosch, The Netherlands, 2007; Unit 2 Gallery, London and 1a Space, Hong Kong, China (both 2006), Castelfield Gallery, Manchester and City Art Gallery, Leeds, England (both 2005); Konstakuten, Stockholm, Sweden (2004); Lokaal 01, Breda, The Netherlands (2003).
They recently exhibited in Where Do I End and You Begin at Edinburgh Arts Centre as part of Edinburgh Arts Festival (31 July – 19 October 2014) where a commissioned video lecture by Andy Whiteman was exhibited within Rushton and Tyman’s Flaghall. Scheduled live events as part of Rushton and Tyman’s project entitled Stop Thief! took place on: 2, 30, 31st August, 2, 19 October, 2014.
A short film LIAR was commissioned by Imove in 2011 and has since been shown in Rotterdam at Urban Video Lounge, with Lokaal 01, the Netherlands and most recently in 2014 with Chester film and video cooperative.
Rushton and Tyman have undertaken a number of residencies. From 2011 to 2012 they developed The Good Life as a residency at Lanterhouse, The Lake District, UK. In 2006 they participated in the international residency programme at 1a Space, Hong Kong. During 2004 – 2005 they were Artists-in-Residence for ASSEMBLY 05, Bath. Individually Rushton took part in the international residency programme at Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska and was MOMART Fellow at Tate Gallery, Liverpool.
Currently they are artists in residence in Lincoln to develop a project under the title Gnawed by Rats, as part of Magna Carta Lincoln Voices programme 2015 – 2017. Their project will explore the history and contemporary relevance of Magna Carta and Charter of the Forests, focusing in particular on the Theft of the commons and seeking alternative voices about the Charters. To begin Gnawed by Rats, they invited historian Peter Linebaugh to present a lecture in the Victorian Prison within Lincoln Castle on 15 June 2015, 800 years to the day, since the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. Linebaugh’s talk “The Future of the Charter’s of Liberty in the 21st Century: From homo idioticus to femina communis” set the scene for the project and can be viewed at: http://thisistomorrow.info/broadcasts/view/precorded-broadcast-a-talk-by-historian-peter-linebaugh
Emma Rushton works collaboratively with artist Derek Tyman to produce multi-part projects for public bodies, galleries and artist run spaces. Projects have focused on particular locations, historical and fictional events to examine notions of public/civic space and place and ideas of belonging, resistance and protest. As part of their practice they often invite others – artists, writers, historians, economists, sociologists, curators, musicians, into their projects.
Currently they are developing a project around the theft of the commons, revisiting the Magna Carta and Charter of the Forests, as artists in residence in Lincoln. Related area’s of interest include Scapegoats and Witches.
Work responds to context and location, with other recent exhibitions including Fear of The Surplus, the opening exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds (Nov 2013 – Jan 2014). Focusing on ‘work’ and ‘scapegoats’ Fear of the Surplus involved a series of lectures taking place on a purpose built hand painted stage situated in the atrium of the former brewery. Speakers included Zygmunt Bauman, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Guy Standing. For The Good Life, Lanterhouse, Ulverston (2011/2012) Rushton and Tyman constructed a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin in the woods in Miterdale Forest, The Lake District, where writers, philosophers and artists were invited to spend time doing nothing – contemplating the good life. The Argument is not finished and the stage is being built, Argument Arts Space, Tilburg (2012) brought together an unfinished stage, a text, curtain and a burned out car, responding to shared responses to political situations developing in The Netherlands and the UK. Piccadillyland (2009) formed part of Thin Cities for Art on the Underground, London. The publication Piccadillyland was produced in the format of a fiction novel which brought together all the quotes in fictional novels relating to the Piccadillyline into one interwoven text. Copies were given away free on the Piccadillyline. Will Someone Stop You…? Artis Den Bosch, The Netherlands, 2007, focused on the flight of Mathais Rust, the young West German who in 1987 flew into Red Square, Moscow, in the then USSR. Further solo exhibitions include ; Unit 2 Gallery, London and 1a Space Hong Kong, China (both 2006); Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and City Art Gallery, Leeds, England (both 2005); Konstakuten, Stockholm, Sweden (2004); Lokaal 01, Breda, The Netherlands (2003).
Emma Rushton is currently involved in developing TRAFFIC, a cross European arts programme set up by Lokaal 01, Antwerp. It involves artists and art schools in the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in a moving programme of events, discussions, exhibitions.
Rushton and Tyman’s collaborative practice began when together with artist Roman Vasseur they co-produced The Mule, a project which combined the publication of a mimic newspaper, for just one day (edition 150,000) along with an internet site to provide a context for artists to focus on the way information is manufactured and presented in the press. Many of their subsequent exhibitions/projects have included printed matter and free posters and as part of a number of projects they have invited other artists, including Geir Tore Holm, Brighid Lowe, Paul Rooney and Kwong Lee, to make work in response to their work/to occupy a space within their projects.
Emma Rushton currently oversees the final year (Level 3) in Studio Practice and also contributes to levels 1 and 2 and the MA programme. Her specialisms include: Installation; collaborative practice, relational aesthetics and socially engaged practice; text and publications; sculpture and video, feminist and political practice.
In 2016 She will be taking over leadership of the MA Fine Art programme.
Rushton has lectured previously at Falmouth College of Art, Staffordshire University, Goldsmiths University, University of Central Lancashire, Sheffield Hallam University, Kingston University.
Module leader for level 3 studio practice.
(2012) Argument. Tilburg, The Netherlands: Argument.
(2009) Piccadillyland. 1. London, England: Art on The Underground.
(2007) Flying Down to Moscow. 1. London: Wild Pansy Press.
(2005) Yourland. 1. Wild Pansy Press.
(2000) CAMPAIGN. Milch.
(2009) Looking Back.
(2009) “Piccadillyland”, In: Piccadillyland. 1. London: Art on The Underground.
(2008) “Ik I Ben Am Artis”, In: Ik I Ben Am Artis. Den Bosch, The Netherlands: Artis.
(2008) “Piccadillyland”, In: Shaw S; Wade G (eds.) Thin Cities. 1. London: Art on The Underground.
(2005) “Here and There, Then and Now”, In: O'Brien P (eds.) Here and There, Then and Now. 1. 1. Oakvile Galleries. pp.15 -26 -21+
“B- SIDES AND RARITIES EXTRA CITY”, In: B sides and rarities.
Know Your Place, Flaghall exhibited in collaboration with Derek Tyman.
North West Open.
The Good Life.
Gnawd by Rats.
Fear of the Surplus.
Dread of Scarcity, Fear of Abundance.
Flying Down to Moscow.
Nature Culture Wanchai.
Something Rotten in the State of Europe.
In This Place.
Bath Democratic Assembly.
(2007) 'Will someone stop you...?' An installation exhibited at Artis Gallery s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 30th September - 4th November 2007.
(2006) 'Turf:Garden in To Kwa Wan' an installation exhibited at 1a Space, Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artists Village, Hong Kong 18th March - 23rd April 2006.
(2005) 'Food From Elsewhere' a multi-media event exhibited at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 11th February - 3rd April 2005.
(2003) 'You Are At Home Here' - An installation exhibited at Lokaal 01 Gallery, Breda, The Netherlands 23rd September - 23rd December 2003.
Research Centres & Groups
Critiques of Capitalism
Currently an external examiner at University of Central Lancashire on the BA Fine Art (Hons) course.
PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision
I would be interested in supervising PhDs who have or are interested in a socially engaged critical art practice, feminist practice, those exploring alternative methods of curating, working with publications and modes of distribution. My current areas of interest/research include: The Commons and ‘commoning’; DIY/alternative culture; typography; feminism; protest, work, the good life, witches, scapegoats.