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Emma Hart


Greenmarket Car Park
3 Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4BX




About the Work

Emma Hart’s BIG UP is a celebration of raving - an ongoing, fundamental force for good in her life. The work features a series of sculptures that have their hands in the air - Hart thinks of them as artworks to dance around with the spirits of the solstice.

Hart usually works in ceramics - a long and involved process. The opportunity to make a temporary public artwork for Art Night has liberated her from this permanence, and allowed her to produce sculptures made out of less precious, makeshift materials, like cardboard. The work is accompanied by a live soundtrack from DJ Lucy Jam Tart and DJ Arty Harty Party, who will get the choons going while audiences get themselves going amongst the works. BIG UP is a chance to get heads up, hands up, spirits up.

A co-commission with Hospitalfield.

About the Artist

Emma Hart lives and works in London. She makes exuberant sculptures, predominantly in ceramics, which actively confront the viewer, often by jutting out from the wall or physically encroaching on the viewer’s personal space. In 2016 she won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, and in 2015 she was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award for Visual Art. Major solo exhibitions include Big Mouth (Barakat Contemporary, 2022); Banger (Fruitmarket, 2018) and Mamma Mia! (Whitechapel Gallery, Collezione Maramotti, 2017). With Dean Kenning, she curated and participated in the group exhibition Poor Things (Fruitmarket, 2023). Hart studied Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art with an MA (2004) and a PhD in Fine Art at Kingston University (2013).

insta: @emma.hart_

Extra Info

Visit Emma Hart’s solo presentation, BIG TIME - a series of ceramic sundials in the Gardens at Hospitalfield, Arbroath - is open for the public to visit until 29 October 2023.

Image credits: Emma Hart portrait, Emiliano Barbieri at Mamma Mia! courtesy of the Collezione Maramotti; Emma Hart, Mamma Mia! 2017. Installation view, the Whitechapel Gallery, commissioned in collaboration with Collezione Maramotti. Photo: Thierry Bal. Image courtesy of the artist; Emma Hart, Red and Green Should Never Be Seen, 2022. Installed at Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer. Photo by Corey Bartle-Sanderson. Courtesy of Brooke Benington.



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