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Artist Statement

Emma Ward lives and works from her home studio based in Central Queensland. Currently studying her Fine Arts degree with Curtin University, Emma's practise is evolving.  Whilst previously exploring the emotions of the maternal archetype and the presence of this energy in nature, Emma has discovered through her studies a desire to learn the collective 'herstory' of other female Artist's through time who have focused their work on domesticity and the Female Gaze.  Seeing her Arts practise as part of this story Emma works to shine light on the contemporary lives and loves of women. Emma works intuitively, creating artworks through drawing, paint, and sculpture to capture the trace of emotion and spirit that is inherent within objects, people, and place.  Emma’s practice records the alchemic effect this energy has on her, which she hopes will act as a catalyst in the viewer to unlock connection, emotions, and memories of care and nurture.

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Public Commissioned Works
  • 2019  ‘Tree Change’ Footpath Stencil Design Rockhampton City Council  

  • 2017 Writing for Artist's Palette Magazine     

  • 2016 ‘The Elephants’ Antique Brick Mural Thai Taste 2 Restaurant, Rockhampton Leagues Club

  • 2016 'Food is Fun’ Painted Rock Block Mural. St Peter's Primary School, Rockhampton

  • 2014 ‘Charlottes Web’ Giant Web installation, St Paul's Primary School, Gracemere.

  • 2020-Fine Arts Bachelor Degree                                              Current, Curtin University, WA

  • 2019 Creative Entrepreneurs Course, Online -   Making Art Work by Emily Jeffords

  • 2017 Still Life Drawing Course, Rockhampton Art Gallery

  • 2017 UAP - Urban Arts Project, Rockhampton Art Gallery

  • 2017 Art Appreciation Course, Rockhampton Art Gallery

  • 2016 Life Drawing, CQU

  • 2015 Artists Transformation School, Auspicious Arts Incubator, Melbourne 

  • 2010 Watercolour Portrait Workshop with Cherry Hood, Sydney

  • 2000 Life Drawing Course, Brian Kehoe, Emu Park

Solo Shows
  • 2019   Counterparts, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton

  • 2018   Collection Intervention, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton

  • 2017   Draft, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton

  • 2017   Playtime, Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, Biloela

  • 2015   Birds of a Feather, Banana Shire Regional Gallery, Biloela

  • 2012   Lovers & Daydreamers, My Sisters House Store, Rockhampton

Group Shows
  • 2023 Outside Inside Exhibition, Rockhampton

  • 2021 Group Show, Benevolent Gallery, Rockhampton

  • 2020  Botanics, Gala Gallery, Rockhampton

  • 2019   Redhill Art Gallery, Brisbane

  • 2017   Caravan of Curiosities, Gympie Art Gallery

  • 2017   Caravan of Curiosities, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery

  • 2016   Caravan of Curiosities, Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, Biloela

  • 2016  Caravan of Curiosities, Mill Gallery, Yeppoon

  • 2015   My Sisters House Store, Rockhampton

  • 2013   Artists of SE Queensland, Art & Design Precinct Brisbane

  • 2013   Inspirations, Royal Qld Art Society, Rockhampton

  • 2013   Fresh Paint, Mill Gallery, Yeppoon

  • 2011   Members Exhibitions, Mill Gallery, Yeppoon

Achievements & Awards
  • 2023 Honourable Mention in Bayton Award - RMOA

  • 2023 Finalist in Bayton Award - Rockhampton Museum of Art

  • 2020 Finalist in Stanthorpe Art Prize 

  • 2020   Finalist in ‘Petite Pieces 2020’ Competition – Aspire Gallery, Brisbane

  • 2019   Winner of the Queensland Regional Art Prize – The Annie Tan Memorial Award for Watercolour

  • 2019   Finalist in Lethbridge Art Prize 2019 Online

  • 2019   Finalist in Bayton Award, Rockhampton Regional Art Gallery Prize

  • 2019    Finalist in Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

  • 2019   Finalist in Contemporary Art Awards Online


  • 2019   Finalist in Artlovers Australian Prize Online


  • 2018   Travelling Finalist in ‘Wanderlust’ Flying Arts Queensland Regional Art Awards

  • 2018   Finalist in CQU Creates Art Prize, Central Queensland University

  • 2018   Finalist in Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane

  • 2018   Finalist in Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

  • 2017   Finalist in the Bayton Award, Rockhampton Regional Art Gallery

  • 2017   Finalist for CQU Creates University Prize, Central Queensland University


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