b. 1986, HK.

Emma Wright is an emerging artist based in Brisbane, Australia. A graduate of Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art and founding member of VERGE Collective, Emma’s photo media practice has developed through her response to environments she has immersed herself in over time. Seeking to challenge the status quo through her constructed narratives, Emma frequently intervenes in her working environments using performance or found objects, creating still and moving images that are both playful and unsettling. Emma was awarded the Milburn Art Prize for 2018 and was selected as one of eight finalists in the 2018 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Women’s Work, Brisbane City Council Outdoor Gallery exhibition curated by Brisbane Art Matriarchs, Hutton Lane, Brisbane, 2019

  • Less Ordinary, POP Gallery, Brisbane, 2019

  • Super Natural, Vacant Assembly, Brisbane, 2018

  • Catching Light, Art From The Margins Gallery, Brisbane, 2018

  • Cambodia: Witness to Change, George Town Festival, Penang, 2018

  • Scenic Rim Open Studios, Pinkle & Co, Boonah, 2018

  • Scenic Rim Artist Trails, Boonah, 2018

  • Persona non kata (solo exhibition), Bellevue Gallery, Sydney, 2017 - Head On Photo Festival Associated Exhibition

  • Nonfiction Nepal, Kathmandu, 2016

  • [insert here], Queensland College of Art, 2016

  • The Power of Community, Maud Gallery, Brisbane & Livingstone Community Centre, Yeppoon, 2016

  • Persona non kata (solo exhibition), POP Gallery, Brisbane, 2016

  • The Ambience Store Project Exhibition #1, Brisbane, 2016

  • Photobook Melbourne Photo Award, Melbourne, 2016

  • series-ously, Foto Frenzy Photography Centre, Brisbane, 2015

  • West 35th and 8th, The Hold Artspace, Brisbane, 2014

  • Everyone has a story, Queensland College of Art & Wesley House, Brisbane, 2014

  • Beyond the Gate, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane & Gold Coast, 2014

  • Happy Birthday to Me, Queensland College of Art, 2013


  • Milburn Art Prize 2019, Finalist

  • Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize 2018, Finalist

  • Stanthorpe Art Prize 2018, Finalist

  • Moreton Bay Art Award 2018, Finalist

  • Milburn Art Prize 2018, Winner

  • Contemporary Landscape In Photography (CLIP) Award 2018, Finalist

  • Capture Magazine Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2018, Commendation for Travel category

  • Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2017, Finalist

  • Capture Magazine Emerging Student Photographer 2017, Finalist

  • Moreton Bay Art Award 2017, Finalist

  • The Sunstudios Award for best technical excellence and conceptual depth within any of the three photography majors, Griffith University, 2016

  • C.R. Kennedy Award for excellence in photographic art practice in still and moving image, Griffith University, 2016

  • Clayton Utz Art Prize 2016, Finalist

  • Moreton Bay Art Award 2016, Finalist

  • Milburn Art Prize 2016, Finalist

  • Clayton Utz Art Prize 2015, Finalist - Honourable Mention

  • Wesley Mission Brisbane and Griffith University Photojournalism Competition 2014, First Prize

  • Academic Excellence Award, Griffith University, 2014 & 2015


  • Bachelor of Photography (2017), Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (2001), University of Queensland

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) (1999), University of Queensland