University of Plymouth
Emma Booth is a British photographer, curator and creative practitioner, based in the South West of England. Graduating from the University of Plymouth with a First-class Honours Degree in Photography, Emma is undertaking portfolio work and looking for creative opportunities to collaborate within local arts and culture. Emma has success in national competitions, including being a finalist in the AOP Student Awards 2020, in addition to being nominated for and winning the APHE Photomeet Bursary Award. Emma was nominated for the Student of the Year Award both within her second and third year at university. Her photographic practice often derives from her own experiences, in deeply emotive, reflective works with broader links to the human condition. Emma’s projects reveal connections to family history, exploring her personal role as a young adult carer and tackling complex interlinked themes such as isolation, chronic illness, grief, loss and memory. Both within her photography and curation, Emma aims to create accessible works with an emphasis on socially engaged practice. Her enthusiasm is evidenced through her dedicated engagement to the creative industry in ambitious self-directed briefs, extensive volunteering/work experience and her ongoing position as Creative Director at The South West Collective Ltd, enhancing her skills within creative project-management. In the future, Emma seeks to progress within the museum and gallery sector, following her drive to work within a creative environment and to satisfy her love of learning.
In 2018, Emma was appointed Creative Director for The South West Collective Ltd. Her role involves seeking and curating a wide range of contemporary visual culture; achieving her a valuable skillset of working innovatively and ambitiously within teams on a range of creative briefings. Her responsibilities include the curation of exhibitions and public programming, co-managing social/web platforms, and content creation including writing artist features and interviews. The role has a strong emphasis on project co-ordination through the planning and development of ongoing art-based projects being undertaken by the Collective across the South West. February 2020, Emma was lead curator for the The South West Collective’s inaugural exhibition, Visual Storytelling, in collaboration with the Artizan Gallery and local partnerships. Managing a team of six main exhibiting artists, she ensured consistent effective communications from planning to execution stages. This involved organising work specifications, hanging and installation of pieces, and curating a programme of socially engaging arts programme from live speaking events to working with local schools and volunteers from The Royal British Legion. Various industry experience of assisting and volunteering for socially-engaged institutions such as TEDxExeter and the Artizan Gallery have enriched Emma’s team leadership and communication skills. Additionally, Emma holds a wealth of transferable skills developed from over five years of customer service experience, working in both hospitality and call centre roles, enhancing her commercial awareness and ability to thrive when working under pressure. For a full outline of experience, please see the downloadable PDF of Emma’s CV, or visit her website.