emily hawes

In May 2019, I spent 4 days at Metal in Southend-on-Sea investigating conservation projects, sites of ecological significance, estuarine communities and industrial histories along the Thames and Blackwater estuaries. This research residency informed a series of works exhibited at TOW later in 2019.

Residency at The Old Waterworks, hosted by Metal (Southend), funded by Arts Council England, 2019 

Summer Interdisciplinary Residency at Hospitalfield (in collaboration with Rosanna Catterall)funded by ACE & Angus Council, 2016

Referencing the diagrammatic drawings of John Csáky, an environmental designer & member of the planning division at Milton Keynes Development Cooperation, I worked with local residents in Peartree Bridge to produce series of slip-cast and hand-built sculptures. Housed at MK Archive, his drawings include proposals for realised and unrealised public sculptures, with an emphasis on the relationship between public space, natural & artificial ecosystems – including the proposal for Water Organ 1974 & the Loughton Balancing Lakes 1974, also known as the Teardrop Lakes. The clay sculptures were also informed by Moribana arrangements, one of the classic expressions of the ancient Japanese practice of Ikebana, which loosely translates to "keep alive, arrange flowers, living".

Photos document a scored walk in Peartree Bridge, which was a central part of the workshop.

Arts for Health, Milton Keynes, artist-in-residence, funded by MK Council 2018-2019

In 2018, I spent 3 months in residence at Modern Clay learning process of slip casting. The works are casts of plant-life found in Digbeth, which have been discarded or imported. Digbeth is Birmingham's industrial district, characterised by the Grand Union Canal & a blue-brick Victorian railway viaduct. I also made a ceramic pickaxe. 

Modern Clay, artist-in-residence, Birmingham 2018

The Cornwall Workshop, C-A-S-T, Kestle Barton, 2019

(photo credit: Mollie Goldstrom)

Wysing Arts Centre, Leverhulme Scholarship 2015

(performance with Sophia Simensky & Helen Savage)

'Or More Accurately it Starts with my Hands in the Earth', powder-coated steel, sublimation print on aluminium, commissioned by MK Arts for Health (artist in residence), 2018


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