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Emily Valentine

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Feather Fanciest, 2-25 May 2013


Emily Valentine is a contemporary mixed media artist living and working in both Australia and her native New Zealand.

Valentine majored in jewellery at Sydney College of the Arts finishing in 1987, and worked in the fashion industry for 7 years. As well as exhibiting in galleries in Australia and New Zealand, her work is often used in theatre, dance and performance.

She says of her recent work: “Feathers are my paint. Over the last ten years I have developed my own technique and style using feathers from found sources.' I wish to discuss how attitudes to wearing animals and birds have changed. Is this just because of fashion, or has society become more caring of animals? I wish to stimulate the viewer to question how we sub-consciously classify animals, as pet or pest, valued or worthless, beautiful or plain and why?”

Valentine is well recognised in the arts field. She received a grant to co-curate 'Melding' an exhibition of contemporary jewellery from NSW that toured to 8 regional galleries throughout Australia from 2005-6. And in 2007 Valentine was awarded a merit prize in the Norsewear Art, the New Zealand Contemporary Art Award, and the 2007 Acquisition Prize by the Northern Territory Craft Council.


Bachelor of Arts (Visual), Sydney College of the Arts 1984-87

Photography I & II, ACP, Paddington, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Dec    Feather Fancier, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, NZ

2012 Oct     Feather Flings (online exhibition), Jas Hugonnet Gallery

2011 Nov     Flying Forward (online exhibition), Jas Hugonnet Gallery

2010 Nov     Feather Fancy, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ

2010 Feb     Flying Flings, Craft Act, Canberra, AUS

2009 Sept    Dog The Bird, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2009 July     Dogs and Dolls, Newcastle Tafe Foyer, Newcastle, AUS

2009 Feb     Mynah Messiah, Tin Sheds Gallery, AUS

2007 Sept    Flown To, Pataka, Porirua Regional Gallery, NZ

2006 June   Flown, Quoil Gallery Wellington, NZ

2006 Jan      Exciting, Exsighting, Exsiting! A-Space, Sydney, AUS

Prizes, Residencies & Awards   

2011   The Cat Advocate prize, Defiance Gallery

2011    Residency Gunyah Cottage, Fries Trust, AUS

2010    Residency Tylee Cottege, Sargeant Gallery, Whanganui, NZ

2009    Off the Wall, Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Centre. Selected as an

            emerging artist.

2007    30th Alice Springs Acquisition Award, Northern Territory Craft Award, Alice

            Springs NT

2007    Merit Prize, Norseweart, NZ Comtemporary Art Award, Hastings Regional

            Gallery, NZ

2004/5 Vision Grant, Australian Federal Government

2002     Mac's Bizarre Bra, WOW, Nelson NZ

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