Emily Motto

Location: Orpington (Kent/ SE London)
Website: www.emilymotto.com

Emily Motto b.1992 is an artist based in South East London. She received a BFA in Fine Art from The Ruskin, Oxford University, and has been exhibited in group shows such as the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 and Saatchi New Sensations in London, in the Gallery North in Newcastle, and at the Liverpool Biennial. She worked on an artist residency in Beijing, China, awarded by the Red Mansion Foundation.

She makes playful sculptures that perform and evolve throughout, and beyond, her creation – especially in terms of their shape, and the physicality of the unstable materials that she builds them from. She is passionate about making forms that behave and engage like figures; sensual, tactile, fragile, unstable and transient.

Making drawings also forms a large part of her practice.


Upcoming Exhibitions 2015

The Red Mansion Art Prize Exhibition,
Slade Research Centre, London – March 2015


Moon When the Calves Grow Hair, Bunkhouse
(29th September - 1st October)

Nexus Space with Ed Haslam and Flow Conceptions, Platform Southwark
(28th September - 7th October)

The British School at Rome, October - December 2017


Currently at Platform, Southwark
and visiting artist for AIC at Turner Contemporary, Margate 2016-17


Selected Exhibitions


Material in Action panel discussion with Collective Matter, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall
for Tate Exchange, Jan 18th at 6.30pm
ON & OFF, Proyectos Medellin, Mexico City, MX , February 2017
Coin Street Gallery, London, March 2017
Artgate, Turner Contemporary, Margate - launch of AIC, July 2017
The Woods with Ed Haslam and Flow Conceptions, Brainchild, Lewes, July 2017
CAUGHT, Platform Southwark, London, August 2017 (solo)


Provisional Conditions, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London​, 5th Oct- 11th Dec
What is the Future of Art, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
That I Am Now, And So It Is, Chalton Gallery, London
Esto es Ahora, Mexico City
12ø collective 30/30
Art Inspiring Change, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Standing in the Shade, The Mile End Art Pavilion, London


Taking Shape: Sculpture on the Verge, Pangaea Sculptors' Centre, London
POSTURES, RICE + TOYE, London (solo)
We Are Here, RICE + TOYE, London (duo)
Brainchild Pavillion, East Sussex
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014, ICA, London
Bloomberg New Contemporaries ,The Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance
The Red Mansion Art Prize, Slade Research Centre, London
Pop Living - The Schwartz Gallery, London
The 2015 neoartprize, Neo:Gallery 27, Bolton
Which of these is the non-smoking lifeboat? Pangaea Sculptors' Centre, London
I'm in Love with Rococo, (it's all) Tropical, STCFTHOTS, Leeds


Saatchi New Sensations 2014 at Victoria House, London
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 at the World Museum, Liverpool Biennial
The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize, The Gallery North, Newcastle
Portraits of Dadapresidents and Oberdadas, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich
The Ruskin Degree Show 2014, The Green Shed
AIRHEADS, The Ruskin Mezannine, Oxford (solo)
Artweeks Show at The Jam Factory, Oxford
LO-Fi, The O3 Gallery, Oxford


OVADA OPEN, Ovada Warehouse, Oxford
SOLDES, 44-45 High Street, Oxford
Exhibition Queen’s, The Ruskin, Oxford
PARASITES, The Dolphin Gallery, Oxford (solo)


FREE CAKE, Dilston Grove, CGP Gallery, London
Ruskin First Year Show, Oxford
The Queen’s College Exhibition 2012, The Ruskin, Oxford
The Oxford Art Movement Exhibition, Oxford
The INDISPOSABLES, Florey Building, Oxford (solo)


CSM Green Week 2011 Exhibition
Central Saint Martins Foundation Show 2011

Work has been featured in ASH magazine,
The Oculus Journal, HERO,
and on Rankin’s Hunger TV blog.


Saatchi New Sensations (shortlisted)
The Woon Art Prize (shortlisted)
The Clyde & Co Blank Canvas Art Commissioning Prize 2014
The Red Mansion Art Prize 2014
The Slingsby Prize for Funnel Vision 2014 (shortlisted)
The Ashmolean Design Award 2013
The Waddesdon Manor Design Award 2013
The Geoffrey Rhodes Prize 2012
The Queen’s College Michel Scholarship


The Redgate Gallery - Beijing, China (Oct/Nov 2014)


Clyde&Co, London
Project MonMa, Uganda
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
BANG! Science Magazine Artist
The Ox Stu Newspaper Illustrator
The Student Hubs Charity, London
The University Church of St Mary the Virgin Scaffolding Hoarding Designs
The Queen’s College Scaffolding Hoarding Designs

Designs are currently on sale on products in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and Waddesdon Manor.