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About Emma.

Emma Thorp is a contemporary artist living in Hervey Bay, Queensland.

She graduated from Latrobe University, Bendigo with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and works in coloured pencil, digital drawing, and animation.

Emma’s work is often self-narrative and records her daily experiences.

From 2019 to 2022 her show early, which focused on her experiences with her extremely premature son and his subsequent diagnoses with ASD and ADHD, toured multiple regional galleries in Queensland.

In 2022 she undertook a daily drawing practice where she created a digital drawing with a small accompanying statement for 365 consecutive days. This has resulted in a solo show that will take place at Gympie Regional Gallery in 2024.

She has been a finalist in in the Lyn McRae Drawing Prize, Swan Hill Print and Draw, the Du Rietz Art Prize, the Queensland Regional Art Awards, The Lethbridge 20,000, the Ravenswood Women’s art prize, the National Still life Award art prize, the M16 Artspace Drawing Prize, and was the winner of the Du Rietz Art prize in 2022.


1993 -1996

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Latrobe University, Bendigo.

Majoring in Printmaking.

One year of this degree was completed at the University of Oregon during a university exchange program.


  • 2023 -   "Wildflowering by Design" group show, touring Queensland.


  • 2023 “Mother and Child” group show Cross Gallery,Bundaberg.


  • 2023 Finalist M16 Drawing Awards, M16 Artspace, ACT.


  • 2023 Minor Prize winner Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards (Digital)


  • 2023 Finalist in the National Still Life Awards, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.


  • 2023 Lethbridge 20000 Salon Des Refuses, Lethbridge Gallery.


  • 2023 Finalist in the Du Rietz Art Awards, Gympie.


  • 2022 Winner of the Du Rietz Art award 2D category.


  • 2022 Finalist (emerging category) Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize.


  • 2022 “Early” Solo touring exhibition Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum Jan-April 


  • 2021 “Early” Solo touring exhibition Redlands Regional Gallery – Capalaba Oct-Nov 2021


  • 2021-2022 “Wildflower Women/By Design” by invitation group show at Bundaberg and Hervey Bay Regional galleries.


  • 2021 Finalist in the Du Rietz Art Awards, Gympie.


  • 2021 Winner of the Animation Award at the 1770 Art Prize for “Afterglow”.


  • 2021 April 12 – June 20 “Invested” animated short commissioned for and playing in “The Vault” at Bundaberg Regional Gallery.


  • 2021 “Early” Solo touring exhibition Wondai Regional Gallery June 2021


  • 2021 “Early” Solo touring exhibition @The Centre, Beaudesert, Scenic Rim Feb- March 2021


  • 2020 Recipient of the Southern Cross Ausstereo Award for Digital Works in the Martin Hanson Art Awards, Gladstone.


  • 2020 -2022 Finalist “Decadence” Flying Arts Alliance touring exhibition.


  • 2020 Finalist in the Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award.


  • 2020 Finalist in the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Awards.


  • 2020 “Eleven Showcase” Cross Gallery, Bundaberg.


  • 2020 “Females to the Front” Lewis Gallery, Hervey Bay.


  • 2020 -2021 Finalist “State of Diversity” Flying Arts Alliance touring exhibition.


  • 2019 “Early” Solo Exhibition, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.


Residencies and Commisions

  • 2023 Commissioned to create the illustrations for a children book (2024 release).

  • 2023 Commissioned by renowned artistJo Williams to create a projection animation of her book “Fee” inclusive of audio recording and editing.


  • 2022 Commissioned by the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery to create a series of 3 Art postcards for the gallery shop, and to produce a Children’s Artwalk Map.


  • 2021“Invested” animated short (5 minutes) commissioned for the Bundaberg Regional Gallery.


  • 2020 Online Digital Residency with Fraser Coast Creates “Covid and Me” for the                       Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Workshop Experience

  • 2022-2023 Creation and delivery of colour pencil workshops for Wildflowering by Design touring exhibition.

  • July 2022 -December 2023   

       Artist in Residence, Fraser Coast Anglican College

       Sharing my skills and knowledge of concepts and techniques with students from year 7 -12.

       Supporting and assisting teachers with the delivery of their content.

  • October 2121 – December 2023

       By Request Artist, Flying Arts Alliance

       Delivering stop animation workshops by request at schools in Queensland.

  • 2021 Creation and delivery of Emotional response colour exploration workshop for RASN.

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