The Artist Emily Campbell

About the Artist Emily Campbell

Emily Campbell grew up in a highly academic environment in Cambridge UK.  She would often watch and study with fascination her Physicist Father, scribbling drawings and mathematical sums as she sat on the floor.  This led her to thinking about her perception of the world, and what her own language of communication was.

Emily has always questioned and assessed the world about her, and through her art she challenges convention. What is important? What is intelligence? What is beautiful? What is reassuring? What is evocative and uplifting? What is it about an environment which makes us feel safe, positive, or insecure and nervous and why?

‘Looking beyond the surface’ is a concept Emily addresses frequently.  The ground intact and undisturbed represents secure and impenetrable relationships. Broken relationships are symbolised through the cracked up flooring surface, yet glimpses of these new worlds with their optimism and hope exist between these shattered pieces of flooring.

The work often encompasses a static quality, which transcends the onlooker to a calm magical world of escapism; where time has stopped and the world about us can be appreciated ‘The more you look the more you see’. The rapidity, speed and stress of life can be ignored in this beautiful, surreal and uplifting world Emily creates.





1991 – 1992                                             MA Alternative Media                                                           Chelsea School of Art, London.

1988 – 1991                                             B.A Hons (1st Class) Fine Art                                          Camberwell School of Art, London.

1987 – 1988                                             Art Foundation                                                                                          Norwich School of Art.

Public Art Commissions


  • Milton Children’s Hospice, Cambridge – Commissioned to work with families and staff to create a large wall piece for the entrance to the Hospice.


  • University Technical College, Cambridge – Commissioned to work with scientists and local students to create public artwork for the new build.


  • Cambridge and Peterborough Mental Health NHS – Lead Artist – created a series of Light Boxes for refurbished Dementia Ward.
  • Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital – Working with staff and patients to created 2 large light boxes for the entrance to the Hospital


  • University of North Staffordshire Lead artist for new build Children’s Ward’s.
  • BSF project Dandelion Public Art Commission for Kings School Wolverhampton.
  • Blackburn New NHS Build – Major glazing commission for front of new Health Centre.


  • Manchester Children’s Hospital, A series of images and installations for Ward 78.
  • Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Accident and Emergency Dept – Lead artist for proposed artworks in new build A and E
  • Imagining Glossop.Glossop Primary Care New Build, Glossop.
  • Imagining Bury. Bury NHS. Large scale vinyl artworks for new Health Care Development, Bury.


  • Milton Keynes Dreaming. Working with community to create a 60 x 20 ft floor piece for exhibition at Young People’s Music Festival, Milton Keynes.
  • Imagining Plymouth. Photographic Commission forPlymouth Accident and Emergency Department.


  • Visions of Hartlepool. Hartlepool Police Station, Hartlepool.
  • Lead Artist for Haywood Hospital. To engage with the hospital community, and commission local art students to create a body of work that documents and ‘remembers’ the Haywood Hospital.
  • Magic Perry Common. Dove Health Centre, Birmingham.
  • From Lozell’s with Love and Respect.Lozell’s Health Centre Birmingham.


  • Views from Greenridge. Greenridge Health Centre, Birmingham.
  • Visions of Home. Summerfield Health Centre, Birmingham.
  • Views from Westheath, Westheath Health Centre, Birmingham.
  • Lead Artist for Reflective Space. A Kings Fund initiative for Harplands Hospital Stoke on Trent.


  • Lead Artist LIFT. Engaging with design teams, PCT’s, and local communities to create proposals for public artworks in five new build health centres in Birmingham.
  • Visions of You. Research Action Project in Stourport on Severn with pro/POSIT.


  • Love Ties. AMajor Permanent Public Art Work, for Hanley Park Stoke on Trent.
  • The Medicine. ADigital Imaging Commission for Creative Remedies Arts and Health Website.
  • Love Ties 2. ACreative Partnerships project ‘Hearts on Fire’ digital project for Birches Head High School, Stoke on Trent.
  • How Does Your Garden Grow?. Summerbank Primary School, Stoke on Trent.
  • Beyond My Bricks and Mortar. Archbishop Grimshaw School Birmingham.
  • The Wall that Wished it Wasn’t There. A consultation commission for the Haywood Hospital, Stoke on Trent.



  • Shire Hall Gallery 2110.       Invitedgroup exhibition Visual Illusions Shire Hall Gallery Stafford.


  • Without you I am Lost…Invited digital media exhibition at The University of Valencia, Spain.
  • The Blue Butterfly…Solo exhibition at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent.
  • Mosquito Night. Collaboration with performer Christine Watkins and scientist Angela Priestman at Herefordshire Courtyard Gallery.


  • Creature Carpet.       Selected exhibition Folly Gallery, Lancaster.


  • The Real Kitchen…Selectedsite-specific commission for exhibition ‘Cultivate’ Birmingham.


  • Recollections. Selected site-specific exhibition St Giles the Abbott Church, Cheadle.                  


Consultancy and Training

2009 – 2010 –      Guest Lecturer for Birmingham School of Art MA Arts and Health programme.

2008 –                      Exhibition selection for Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Open Exhibition.

2007 –                      Public Art Training Lead speaker for a Public Art Training event, Creative Interventions.

2003 –                      Design for ‘Sundance Visual Arts’ (A Commercial Audio Visual Company) created logo and name and have since had active role in advising on visual ideas.

2001-2003 –        Advisor for West Midlands Arts duties included: Writing reports about the region’s arts activities, the Local Education Authority on the Ikon Gallery’s Education Programme, advising on applications for funding.

2002 –                      Consultedon the development of Keele University Undergraduate Degree path in ‘Media, Communications and Culture’


Reviews, Press and Web links

2012 – Staffordshire Life Interview – See The World in a different Light – Jackie Gregory, August 2012

2010 – John Woodhouse Interview – Nature is Child’s Play for Emily, The Sentinel Saturday 09 October.

2009 Author Unknown. Emergency department at Derriford Hospital, Zest, Improving the Health Care Environment.

2008Steve Bould. Floored – The Sentinel

2008Christine Watkins. Mosquito Night Images. Mosquito Night.

2008 – Mark Penfold. Supersize Design – Computer Arts

2008 – David Williams. Showcase Hartlepool Police Station – Commissions North.

2006 – Duncan Robertson. Generations Combine in War Sacrifice Tribute, The Sentinel Newspaper.

2006 – Author Unknown. The Power of Art. A Working Partnership, Learning from the LIFT Experience.

2005Gabriel Gregory. Letters of Love Which Tie a Community Together. The Sentinel Arts Review.

2005Author Unknown. Love Ties Launch. Creative Stoke.

2004Nick Coligan. Public Art Has designs on Lifting City’s Cultural Image. The Sentinel Newspaper

1992 – James Hall. SCULPTURE / Making chaos out of order: James Hall reflects on ‘Natural Order’ at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, and unnatural selection at the Whitechapel Open. The Independent Newspaper.









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