about

Emma McGarry (b.1996) is a visual photographic artist, writer, curator and graduate of BA (Hons) Photography with International Enhancement based in Manchester, UK. After recently curating Between Spaces (Coventry University Photography Virtual Degree Show 2020), she is now working as a journalist for Agora Digital Art, Music Is To Blame and What A Tune. 
 

McGarry's work often explores intangible and complex themes surrounding the human condition, experience, space and time through the photographic medium. She engages with the cathartic and meditative attributes of photography to explore and translate her experience of the quotidian into poetic and illuminating pieces of visual art. In doing so, McGarry provides insight into her perspective gaze and creates space for her viewer to exercise their own imagination and consciousness.


Her work has featured in and curated numerous exhibitions including Between Spaces (2020), Do Not Touch (2019), The Power Of The Inbetween with Andrea Stultiens (2019), Academie Minerva 3rd Year Expo (2019), The Supreme Exodus LAB with Antonio Guzman (2018)Sense of Self Street Exhibition (2018), Space & Place in EXPOSURE Photo Festival (2018), Equality & Diversity (2017) and Introducing... (2016). Additionally, she is engaged with a variety of communities and has worked with The Photographer's Gallery, Agora Digital Art, Music Is To Blame, What A Tune, Tailored Yarn Charity, Photo Archive Miners, Secret Knock Zine, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, The Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Coventry 2021 City of Culture Sketchbook Project, and Ghost Town Series.

education

2016 - 2020

First Class in BA (Hons) Photography with International Enhancement

/ Coventry University, Coventry, UK

 

2018 - 2019

                                        Erasmus BA Fine Arts / Academie Minerva, Groningen, Netherlands

 

2015 - 2016

                                 UAL: Art & Design Foundation Diploma / Bristol School of Art, Bristol, UK​

experience

 

2021 - Present

So it goes, So it goes Photobook Review / A Young Person Recommends...

The Photographer's Gallery London, UK

 

Journalist & Copywriter / Agora Digital Art / London, UK

 Music Journalist / Music Is To Blame / Manchester, UK

 

Music Journalist / What A Tune / Manchester, UK

Children's Memory Book Workshop Assistant / Tailored Yarn / Cheshire, UK

Freelance Guest Speaker for Degree Show Workshop Series / Coventry University / Coventry, UK

2021

Sunrise (2020) featured in Secret Knock Zine Volume 3, Issue 1

http://secretknockzine.co.uk/issues/v3i1/#page=19

2020

                      Lead Curator & Virtual Exhibition Designer, Committee Member, Panel Speaker, Featured

Artist / Between Spaces Virtual Degree Show / Coventry, UK www.betweenspaces.co.uk/virtualexhibition

Graduate work featured in Coventry University Online Degree Showcase

www.covdegreeshow.coventry.ac.uk/courses/lens/ba-hons-photography/emma-mcgarry/

Graduate work featured in Source Graduate Photography Online

 www.source.ie/graduate/2020/coveunivba/coveunivba_student_10_33_45_10-05-20/coveunivba_student_10_33_45_10-05-20.php

Graduate work featured in Secret Knock Zine Stay Home Issue

www.secretknock.zine.co.uk/stayhome/

Rotimi Fani Kayode Gallery Talk / Viewpoints Series, Feast for the Eyes 

/ The Photographers Gallery, London, UK

Volunteer / Photo Archive Miners / Coventry, UK

Events Photographer & Ambassador / Ghost Town Series x Madam X 

/ Coventry, UK

 

                                                       2019

 Exhibition Invigilator / Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art / Coventry City Centre, Coventry, UK

 

Artist Contributor / 2021 City of Culture Sketchbook / Coventry, UK

Opening Night Events Photographer / Product Personality Cycle by

Johann Koop / Arcadia Gallery, Coventry, UK

Co-Director, Curator, Featured Artist / Do Not Touch Exhibition

/ Vrijdag, Groningen, The Netherlands

 

Featured Artist / Academie Minerva 3rd Year Expo

/ Frank Mohr Insistute, Groningen, The Netherlands

Co-Curator, Featured Artist / The Power Of The Inbetween with Andrea Stultiens 

/ Frank Mohr Insistute, Groningen, The Netherlands

2018

                                       Featured artist (Photographer of Performance) / The Supreme Exodus LAB by 

Antonio Jose Guzman / Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands

 

Committee Member, Engagement & Workshop Leader, Featured Artist for

EXPOSURE 24hr Photo Festival / CET Building, Coventry, UK

Artist, Director, Installer / Sense of Self Street Exhibition by

Emma McGarry & Muhammad Usamah / Coventry City Centre, Coventry, UK

Learning Assistant / The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery / Coventry, UK

ACA Adobe Photoshop Certified Associate / Coventry University, Coventry, UK 

 

2016 - 2017

                                                                                Photographer / The Tab / Coventry,UK 

2015 - 2016

Volunteer Teaching Assistant / Art & Technology Department, Downend Secondary School

/ Bristol, UK

 

exhibitions

                                 2020

 Lead Curator & Virtual Exhibition Designer, Committee Member, Panel Speaker,

Featured Artist / Between Spaces Virtual Degree Show / Coventry, UK (www.betweenspaces.co.uk/virtualexhibition)

 

2019

Co-Director, Co-Curator, Featured Artist / Do Not Touch Exhibition

/ Vrijdag, Groningen, The Netherlands

Featured Artist / Academie Minerva 3rd Year Expo

/ Frank Mohr Insistute, Groningen, The Netherlands

 

Co-Curator, Featured Artist / The Power Of The Inbetween with Andrea Stultiens 

/ Frank Mohr Insistute, Groningen, The Netherlands

2018

                     Featured Artist (Photographer of Performance) / The Supreme Exodus LAB by Antonio Jose Guzman

/ Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands

Featured Artist and Co-Curator Committee Member, Engagement & Workshop Leader, Featured Artist, EXPOSURE 24hr Photo Festival / CET Building, Coventry, UK

Artist, Director, Installer / Sense of Self Street Exhibition

/ Coventry City Centre, Coventry, UK

 

2017

                                        Featured Artist, Equality & Diversity Exhibition

/ Coventry University, UK

 

2016

Featured Artist, Introducing... Exhibition

/ Coventry University, UK

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