Artists in Conversation | Emma Talbot


January 19, 2024

Emma Talbot will talk to Laura Smith, Director of Collection and Exhibitions, The Hepworth Wakefield, about her artistic practice and her recent projects and studio processes. 

About Emma Talbot

Born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire in 1969, Emma Talbot received a BA in fine art in 1991 from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in 1995. In 1996, she was a Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome. She works primarily in animation, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Her work often articulates internal narratives through visual poems or associative reflections, based on her own experience and memories. Her practice considers complex issues such as ecopolitics and the natural world; feminist theory and storytelling; and questions regarding our relationships to communication, language, and technology.

In 2020 Talbot won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women with a project based on the painting Three Ages of Woman (1905) by Gustav Klimt. Her work has been exhibited at Arcadia Missa, New York; Beiqiu Museum, Nanjing; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia; Frieze Special Projects, London; KM21, the Hague; Lisson Gallery, London; Tate St. Ives; and Whitechapel Gallery, London, to name only a few. Her work is held in the Art Council Collection, UK; the British Council Collection; City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Guerlain, Paris; Saatchi Collection; and the University of the Arts London, among others. Talbot lives and works in London and Italy.