Biography

British artist Emily Bates graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.
She currently lives and works in Amsterdam.

Bates became recognised for a body of work, or ‘impossible’ dresses, made during the 1990’s, that were constructed from knitted human hair, such as Dress, Depilator and Sibilla. These works have been exhibited extensively in Europe as well as in the USA and Japan, including in Revelation at the Barbican Centre Curve Gallery, London and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 1997; Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art and Fashion at the Hayward Gallery, London and Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, 1998; Weaving the World at Yokohama Museum of Art, 1999; Out of the Closet and The Unexpected, at Sotheby’s Auctioneers in London, 2000 and New York, 2001; and Body Extensions at Mudac – Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, 2004.

In 1997, she was awarded the prestigious Scottish Arts Council artists residency in Amsterdam, where photography became a large focus of her working practice.

She received further artist residency and fellowship awards, notably from the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, 2000; Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Sweden, 2000; S-Air in Sapporo, Japan, 2002-3; Lijiang Studio, China, 2006 and 2007; and as the Dutch Affiliated Visual Arts Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2008.
During 2013-14 she undertook a nomadic residency as part of Il Ventre di Napoli in Italy, with support from the Mondriaan Fund.
In 2017 she was selected by the Mondriaan Fund and MMCA Seoul to undertake a 4 month artist in residence at MMCA Changdong, South Korea.

Her work has been exhibited at Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Stills, Edinburgh; Flatland Gallery, Utrecht; DCA Dundee Contemporary Arts / McManus Galleries, Dundee; This Is Gallery, Sapporo; Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn; Paisley Museum and Art Gallery; Nottingham Castle Museum; CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; the American Academy in Rome; C-Space, Beijing; FRAC Fonds regional d’art contemporain, Poitou-Charentes; MAC’s Musée des arts contemporains, Grand Hornu; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Site Gallery, Sheffield; and Casino Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg.

The sky is glowing with the setting sun
was commissioned by Enrico Lunghi and exhibited at Mudam Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg in 2012. The solo exhibition featured prints from the photographic series within this publication. Framed in a manner reminiscent of Japanese sliding screens and hung to highlight a rhythmic shifting space, the images were echoed by the drum beat from the Taiko sound bench and the Super 8 animation Music Box (Taiko), which formed the heart beat of the exhibition. The exhibition also included a 4-screen projection entitled Rhythm in 2 (…As long as our village shall last), which features a unique sacred ritual song from the region, the Hirase Mankai, filmed over 2 years.
Several works from The sky is glowing with the setting sun now form part of the collection of Mudam Luxembourg.