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Emma McGarry (b.1996) is a visual photographic artist, writer 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, as well as a freelance writer and photographer. 

Emma McGarry's work often explores intangible and complex themes including experience and perspective 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 a new space for the viewer to exercise their own imagination and consciousness.

Her work has featured in numerous exhibitions including Voices and Visibility (2017), Space & Place in EXPOSURE Photo Festival (2018), Sense of Self Street Exhibition (2018), The Supreme Exodus LAB with Antonio Guzman (2018), Do Not Touch (2019) and Between Spaces (2020). Additionally, she is engaged with a variety of communities and has worked for Photo Archive Miners, The Photographer's Gallery, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, The Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Coventry 2021 City of Culture Sketchbook Project, and Ghost Town Series


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



2021                  Journalist & Copywriter @ Agora Digital Art, London, UK

2020                  Lead Curator & Virtual Exhibition Designer, Committee Member, Panel Speaker,

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

Graduate work featured in Coventry University Degree Shows Online 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's Stay Home Zine www.secretknockzine.co.uk/stayhome/

Viewpoints Series Speaker @ The Photographers Gallery, London, UK

Photo Archive Miners Volunteer @ Coventry, UK

Ghost Town Series x Madam X Events Photographer @ Coventry, UK

Artist & Collaborator in City of Culture Sketchbook Exhibition @ TBC, Coventry, UK

2019                  Exhibition Invigilator Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art @ Coventry City

Centre, Coventry, UK


Artist & Contributor for 2021 City of Culture Sketchbook @ Coventry, UK

Opening Night Events Photographer for 'Product Personality Cycle' by Johann Koop @ Arcadia Gallery, Coventry, UK

Featured Artist in Academie Minerva 3rd Year Expo @ Groningen, The             


Co-Director, Curator, Featured Artist for 'Do Not Touch' Exhibition @ Vrijdag, Groningen, The Netherlands

2018                  Featured artist (Photographer of Performance) in '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 & Installer for 'Sense of Self' Street Exhibition by Emma McGarry & Muhammad Usamah @ Coventry City Centre, Coventry, UK

Learning Assistant for The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery @ Coventry, UK

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

2016 - 2017       Photographer for The Tab @ Coventry, UK 


Featured Artist in Equality & Diversity Exhibition @ Coventry, UK


2017                  Equality & Diversity Exhibition @ Coventry University, UK

Introducing... @ Coventry University, UK

2018                  EXPOSURE 24hr Photo Festival @ CET Building, Coventry, UK

Sense of Self Street Exhibition @ Coventry City Centre, Coventry, UK

The Supreme Exodus LAB by Antonio Jose Guzman @ Frank Mohr Institute,            Groningen, The Netherlands

2019                  3rd Year Expo @ Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands

Do Not Touch @ Vrijdag, Groningen, The Netherlands

2020                  Between Spaces Virtual Degree Show @ Online at:                                                                        https://www.betweenspaces.co.uk/virtualexhibition