Image: Anthony Johnson’s Five Words in White Neon, 2016, from Artbank

About - 

Emma-Kate Wilson is a British contemporary art critic and writer with a Bachelor of Art Theory from UNSW Art and Design, Sydney. Her writing has been published widely in contemporary art journals including Ocula, Art + Australia, un Projects, Artist Profile, and Art Almanac. Alongside writing Emma-Kate has experience working for a range of cultural institutions such as Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sherman Contemporary Arts Foundation, Sydney Biennale, Carriageworks, and Firstdraft.

Originally from the UK, Emma-Kate moved to Australia in 2013 for sunshine and beaches and stayed for the awe-inspiring nature and rich culture. After volunteering at a small gallery in The Rocks, she decided to study Art Theory as to fully immerse herself in the context of art in the Asia-Pacific region. The layers of art run deep into the soul of Australia, and the result of settlers and diverse migration has created conflict which contemporary artists balance to tell histories and stories; while acknowledging the original custodians of Australia. In her art writing, she sets out to dismantle traditional structures, speaking to different dialogues, and opening the conversation.

Emma-Kate works and lives on the land of the traditional custodians, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pays her deepest respects to Elders past, present and emerging. She acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia; they have never ceded sovereignty, and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and culture.