Collaboration is central to the work Emmie McLuskey produces, starting with a shared question or observation that she explores more deeply through practice, previously this has taken the form of publications, events, objects, conversations and exhibitions. Recent work has centred around interactions in and between bodies, considering the systems that control and record them. McLuskey works across the roles of artist, programmer and facilitator. She sees these as completely interlinked and inseparable from each other, these multiple expressions, regardless of form, all come from a desire to communicate and process the nuance and complexity of our world alongside others. McLuskey’s work privileges the visual, haptic and auditory intelligences as a way of opening up and challenging how we attribute value under capitalism. www.background-noise.com, Private Lives with musician Sarah Fastré at Sissi Club, Marseille and Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst, Switzerland and these were the things that made the step familiar at Collective, Edinburgh. In 2022 she produced Cauleen Smith’s exhibition and performance of H‑E-L-L‑O at Collective, Edinburgh and in 2019 worked with LUX Scotland to programme Hanging Out Artist Moving Image Festival alongside Ima-Abasi Okon and Kimberley O’Neill. Since 2021 Emmie has led The School of Plural Futures, an alternative education project with ATLAS Arts in the Isle of Skye and Lochalsh. Emmie has edited several artist books including Not Brittle Not Rigid Not Fixed with Janice Parker, 2023 with Edinburgh Art Festival, a person is not an individual, 2022 with ATLAS Arts and A Strange American Funeral with Freya Field-Donovan 2020, self published.McLuskey is an artist based in Glasgow. She is currently working towards an exhibition of new work with choreographer Janice Parker titled to avoid falling apart that will be show at the Travelling Gallery Scotland in March 2023, a new composition titled Everyday Bass with young people from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a children’s book titled The A-Z of Movement supported by Creative Scotland. Recent projects include Channels with Edinburgh Art Festival 2022, Background Noise, a community radio station, ongoing
The Talbot Rice Residents programme is part of the Freelands Artist Programme. The Freelands Artist Programme is a five-year programme that supports emerging artists across the UK in partnership with g39, Cardiff,PS², Belfast, Site Gallery, Sheffield and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh. Further information on this programme is available here.
Image: Emmie McLuskey, ‘these were the things that made the step familiar’, 2019 (photography Tom Nolan).