emma rochester
Location: Brisbane/Australia

Digital, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Other, Painting, Performance, Photography, Sculpture, Video



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Emma Rochester is a contemporary artist who works at the intersections of Textile, Drawing, Video Art and Installation. Rochester is a PHD candidate at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Her current PhD project, which investigates the relationship between feminism, landscape and deity, has been funded through a Queensland College of the Arts Postgraduate Research Grant.

Artist In Residence, CRANE Arts, Philadelphia, USA, 2014
Studio Artist, Metro Arts, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 2014
Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2013
Artist In Residence, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2013
Artist in Residence, Boranga Writers Centre, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia, 2013
Studio Artist, Crate 59, Cairns, QLD, Australia, 2013
Public Art Program Funding, City of Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia, 2012
Artist in Residence, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Botanical Gardens, Cairns, Australia, 2012
Artist in Residence, Cataract Gorge, National Parks and Wildlife, Tasmania, Australia, 2012
Artist in Residence, Ateliers Four Winds, Alpilles, France, 2012
Art Start Grant, Australia Council, Australia, 2011
City of Melbourne Art and Culture Fund, Docklands Art Grant, Australia, 2011
Artist in Residence, Cyprus College of Art, Larnaca, Cyprus, 2011*
Artist in Residence, CAMAC Centre D'Arte, Marnay sur Seine, France,* 2011
Artist in Residence, A.I.R Vallauris, Vallauris, France, 2011
Vice Chancellors Award. RMIT, Melbourne, Australia (graduated in the top 2% of all outgoing students across all discipline), 2010
Student Development Grant, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
Union Arts Grant, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
Finalist, Best Experimental Short Film, Australian Teachers Of Media (ATOM), 2010
Studio Artist in Residence, Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre, Australia, 2009
Studio Artist, Medium Artspace, Melbourne, Australia, 2009
‘Cairo at Night’ selected for international distribution via DVD on a documentary on the Centenary of Manifesto Futuro sound art, 2009
Golden Key International Honours Society for academic excellence in Fine Arts, 2009
Selected as a curator for ‘Mediatised Sites,’ online project between the University of North Umbria, UK and the University of Texas, USA, 2008
Sponsored by Photo Perfection, Kodak Express, West End, QLD Australia, 2003
Recipient, Highly Commended Photographic Award, Brookfield Art Show, Australia, 2003
Italian Government Language Scholarship, 2001


Amulets of A Golden Muse, Sawtooth Ari, Launceston, Tasmania, 2013
Sitting Circle of Stone & Wood, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, 2013
Femmes (in Collaboration with Cynthia O’Brien) Blink Gallery, Canada, 2012
Longing Place of Soft Water, E3 Artspace, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, 2012
Weaving the River’s Edge, Wagga Wagga City Council, Regional New South Wales, Australia, 2012
She waits amongst the... Kings Bridge. Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 2012
Venus with her life interrupted, Kings Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne, Australia, 2012
Floating in Place, Series One. 1, 2, 3, 4, Waterfront City Marina, The Docklands, Melbourne, Australia, 2011
Pilgrimage to the Place Where The Four Winds Meet, Art walk/performance. The Hay River to Plenty River (The Simpson Desert), Northern Territory, Australia, 2010
Tracking the Line, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Foyer, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
Re-Imagining Place, Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Australia, 2009
The Exiled Body, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2009
Exiling the body, Performance, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria Australia, 2009
Mesmerised, Loop Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2009
Transient Static, Medium Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia, 2009


28 Walks Under a Grey Sky, Heptagon Exhibition, French Cultural Centre, Boston
Response & Relate, Crate 59, Cairns, Australia, 2013
Sawtooth ari Annual Gala, Launceston, Australia, 2013
Relatos; Proyecto Heptagone, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Mexico, 2013
Sense of Place, Cell Art Space, Cairns, Australia, 2013*Wuurran-Open Gateway, Link Gallery, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, Australia, 2012
Flowers as Pathways; Flora as Traces, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Botanical Gardens, Australia, 2012
Life Bloody Live, Moretti & Moretti Gallery, Paris, France, 2012
Edition 13, Dimanche Rouge, Petit Bain, Paris, France (Live Stream- Feral Children of the Forest Project) 2012
Dimanche Rouge, Edition 10, Petit Bain, Paris, France, 2011
Turn to face the sky, Galerie Aqui Siam Ben, Vallauris, France, 2011
Circular structures as feminine echoes, Caylus Art Centre, France, 2011
Correspondence Project, A and D Gallery, London, UK, 2011
Open studios, CAMAC Centre D'Arte, Marnay sur Seine, France, 2011
GoogleMeThis, Fitzroy Library Artspace, Melbourne, Australia, 2011
Six… Field… Current, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
Site Unseen, a site-specific inter-art project for the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival/ Next Wave Festival, 2010
The Butterfly Effect, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
A Fine Line: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Drawing Graduate Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia, 2009
The Mapping Room, International Fringe Festival, Headquarters, Melbourne, Australia, 2009
Totem: Dolls with Soul, Atrium Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 2008
Picture this 08, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2008
Drawing, First Site Gallery, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 2008
Sweet Work Next Wave, Perry Sand hills, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, 2008
Canon Mirror Snips, The Drawing Space, Melbourne, Australia, 2008
The John and Yoko Drawings, The Drawing Space, Melbourne, Australia, 2008
Peer Esteem, Five Years, Regent Studios, London, UK, 2007
Outsiders, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 2007
DRAW: Selected Student and Lecturer Exhibition, Next Gallery, Southern Cross University, Australia, 2007
Online Internet Arts Festival: Fonlad University of Arts Coimbra, Portugal, 2007
The Wait Gallery, Online new media exhibition, London, UK, 2007
Szpilman Award, Online new media exhibition based from Berlin, Germany, 2007
Up Against It, online exhibition, London, UK, 2007
Scarlet, Serpentine Gallery, Lismore, Australia, 2007
Folk, The Channon Buttery, The Channon, Australia, 2007
Opening, Serpentine Gallery Lismore, NSW, Australia, 2006
Family, Small Business Photography, Queensland Government, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 2006
Tweed Shire City of the Arts, Tweed River Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia, 2004
Stuartholme Alumnae Art Exhibition, Stuartholme, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 2003


What Is Courtly Love, Oxford Street Arts Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2011
Floating is bespattering, City of Melbourne Library, Melbourne, Australia, 2011
Floating is bespattering, Federation Square Big Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia, 2011
Drawing Out, The Big Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
Site Unseen, Kasey Chamber’s Concert, Mildura, Australia, 2010
Site Unseen, The Australian Bush Film Festival, Wentworth, Australia, 2010
Sometimes it’s important… Australian Teachers Of Media Finalist, The Big Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
Screenings, The Big Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
Cairo at night, Mediatised Sites Festival, The University of North Umbria, UK & The University of Texas, USA, 2008
You saw me, Cake on the Icing Inter-access 8th Annual Emerging Artist Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2008


QCA, Griffith University, Postgraduate Symposium: ‘Methodologies and Exhibition Practices in Studio Research’ Brisbane, Australia, 2013
A Professional Artist’s Year in Review, Art forum Artist. University of Tasmania, Academy of the Arts, Launceston, Tasmania, 2013
Bone Map Broadcast, COCA, Public Talk, Cairns, Australia, 2012
Pecha Kucha, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Australia, 2012
Art Made In Public Then Left to the Elements, ABC New South Wales, Riverina, Australia, 2012
Emma Rochester in Interview with Ian White, 2 AAA FM, Wagga Wagga, Australia, 2012
Lines of femininity, Artforum Artist. University of Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Launceston, Tasmania, 2012
Reflections on Next Wave Regional Mentoring, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Media Art Department, Melbourne, Australia, 2010
Walking in a Cube. The Australian War Widow Society, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Australia, 2009
Walking in a Cube. Arts Access, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Australia, 2009
Exiling the body, Artist Talk, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2009
Interviewed by 4ZZZ Radio, Brisbane, Australia, 2007
Guest Lecturer at the University of Queensland, 2005


A Fine Line, Melbourne, Australia, 2009. Exhibition Catalogue

Anon. ‘Emma Rochester – Animation’. The Age. Melbourne, Australia, April 22, 2009

Anon. ‘Les Artistes Ouvrent Leur Atelier au Public Jeudi Prochain’. Lest Éclair, France, August 21, 2011.

Bird, I., ‘Rochester Wrapt up in Gorge’. The Examiner, Launceston, Australia, March 3, 2012.

The Butterfly Effect: Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2010. Exhibition Catalogue

Glass Studio, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Australia, 2009

Kaszubska, G & Snip, V., ‘RMIT's Artistic Showcase: Final Weeks’. RMIT News, November 25, 2009

Liew, A. ‘Tony Trehy’. Metasenta, 2008

Mackenna, T & Janssen, E., ‘LIFE IS OVER! If you want it’. MetaSenta. 2009

Rengel, K ‘7 diferentes paises comvergen en eposicion colectiva’ El Regional Del Sur, Thursday 16 May, 2013, p. 22.

Rochester, E., ‘Mesmerised: An Experiment in Flow’. Blurb, 2009

Rochester, E., ‘These white walls’. ArtsHub, September 16, 2009

Rochester, E., ‘These White Walls II’. ArtsHub, December 24, 2009

Rochester, E., ‘TimeLine’. ArtsHub. May 27, 2009

Six… Field… Current, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 2010. Exhibition Catalogue


Brother Sister of the Moon
‘Brother Sister of the Moon’ is a sound and visual art collaboration between Cedric Buron (France) and Emma Rochester (Australia). Buron is a sound artist and producer, and Rochester creates experimental noise whilst walking in carefully selected sites. The pair make experimental eclectic video sound art works of ten minutes or more in duration for Exhibition and performance.

‘Heptagone‘ is a collective comprised of 1 writer and six artists. The creatives met for the first time at Camac Centre d´Art, located one hour from Paris, in the region of Champage-Ardennes, France. The seven creative makers worked on individual projects. After living together for one month they decided to form Heptagone. Heptagone has a research focus on new technology and site based responses as an outcome of culture. Each of the artists discusses his or her response to place through the use of technology. Heptagone is:

Sara Al Nuaimi (United Arab Emirates).
Michele Martines (Brasil).
Emma Rochester(Australia).
Natalie Ross (E.U).
Melita Greenleaf (E.U).
Amitla Cuacuas (México).
Seungjae Shin (South Korea).

HoW: Hands on Weavers
‘The HoW Group’ are involved in a research project at Charles Sturt University looking at the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of weaving for both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous women. As part of this process Hopi Indian Elders have invited H0W to visit, share and learn new weaving techniques in a collective trip to the USA in 2015 with a subsequent exhibition being planned.

Up And Down Collective
‘The Ups and Downs Collective’ formed in early 2013 for the express purpose of producing artistic events and activities. The group is particularly passionate about nature and the environment, international collaboration, the preservation of craft traditions, and educational outreach. The Ups and Downs Collective consists of Natasha Borg (Atelier Culture Malta), Melita Greenleaf (Ceramic Lecturer at 92ndY New York, USA), Julie Elkins (Master Puppet Maker, New York, USA) and Emma Rochester (Professional practicing artist).

WoWW: ‘Wingadhan Waggadha Waybarra: Women of Wagga Weaving’
‘The WoWW Project’ is an outreach program facilitated by Wagga Wagga Art Gallery that invites both Indiginous and Non-Indigenous women to learn and develop traditional weaving techniques and fibre arts. WoWW promotes a strong exhibition history.


First Walk


Drawing, Installation


Walk The Line


Drawing, Installation, Performance, Sculpture


A Fine Line


Drawing, Mixed Media, Performance


The Mapping Room


Drawing, Video

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