Emma contributed to the Old Fire Station in many ways. She occupied one of our in-house studios when we first opened and co-created a permanent installation with homeless people which still climbs three floors of our building six years later. She made designs for our windows with Rachel Barbaresi and co-designed and built a theatre set for our flagship performance of Before the Tempest in 2015. She also worked closely with the homelessness charity Crisis with whom we share our building and delivered art classes in the Old Fire Station and in homelessness hostels for people facing severe disadvantage.Emma brings technical skill, creative flair, deep sensitivity and care to her practice which generates great Art and, very importantly, helps others who are less experienced and confident to make great Art themselves.
Emma is a creative and inspiring art teacher. My daughter always looked forward to Art Club, where Emma’s quirky projects and enticing range of media allowed the children’s imaginations to run wild. I was so impressed by the quality of the work my daughter brought home from Emma’s Art Club that some of those creations still adorn our walls.
I did art club with Emma at primary school. We did lots of fun activities: painting, decoupage, sewing and sculpture. I liked it because it was relaxed and friendly, and if I needed help, Emma was always happy to support me.
I think it was very fun and creative. I loved art today and I would recommend it to other people. It was the best fun I had in the hospital.
Our Art on the Model project, with project partners Robert Woodheads Ltd, Bolsover District Council, CVP and the Heritage Lottery Fund, would not have been successfully delivered if it had not been for Emma’s flexibility and creativity shown in what was a challenging public art project for the New Bolsover Model Village regeneration project. Emma worked hard to engage the many different community groups, volunteers, partners and local residents with various creative processes and activities. The resulting work produced is a testament to the many conversations, fleeting glimpses and stories uncovered by Emma during the project. It was a real pleasure to work with Emma and I know her work at the model continues to enlighten residents and visitors to the unique heritage of this re-emerging community.
What has impressed me throughout the project is that it has achieved genuine participation without compromising on the quality of the end result – something which many in the arts argue isn’t possible!