• Ema Shin is a Japanese Australian artist who based in Melbourne. Shin studied traditional and contemporary Japanese printmaking in Tokyo and completed a Master of Fine Art Degree in Nagoya, has exhibited internationally and participated in residencies in Spain, Mexico, Kenya and Lithuania. Since moving to Australia in 2009 Shin has broadened her practice to include woodblock printing, papier-mâché, embroidery, tapestry weaving, book making, Urauchi (chine-colle) and collage. Since her first child in 2014 she has integrated her arts practice with daily life working in a home studio to produce works of domesticity to celebrate women’s lives and bodies. Shin aims to create compositions that express sensitivity for tactile materials, the contemporary application of historical techniques, physical awareness, femininity and sexuality.

    Curriculum Vitae

    2003 Graduate Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
    2005 Completed Master of Fine Art Degree, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Aichi, Japan

    Solo Exhibition
    2017 “Conceived Ground” Foyer Gallery, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
    2013 "My Garden/Little Window of Opportunity" Port Jackson Press, Melbourne, Australia
    2013 "Ema Shin-Solo Exhibition" Frisian Graphic Arts Museum, Joure, Netherlands
    2013 “Ema Shin, A Collection of New Works” Qdos Arts, Lorne, Australia
    2012 "Love Garden" Gallery ACS, Nagoya, Japan
    2012 "My Garden" Japan information & Cultural Centre, Consulate-General of Japan, Melbourne, Australia
    2010 "My Garden" Gallery ACS, Nagoya, Japan
    2006 "Origin" Gallery Kaede, Niigata, Japan
    2005 "Origin" Alternative Space Crack, Seoul, Korea
    2005 "Origin" Meihoudou Blanc, Nagoya, Japan
    2004 "Solo exhibition, Ema Shin" Gallery APA F2, Nagoya, Japan

    Selected Group Exhibitions
    2019 "Place Makers" Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2019 "The Curiosities" Mailbox Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
    2019 "Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019" Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Australia
    2019 "Take Time" Craft + Design Centre, Canberra, Australia
    2018 "Chaozhou International Embroidery Art Biennale" Chaozhou, China
    2018 "INTERIORITIES" curated by Brooke Van Der Linden, The Artists Guild, Melbourne Australia
    2018 “Conspicuous Presence” Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
    2017 “Open House” 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Australia
    2017 “Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries” Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2017 “3 Global Print 2017 – International Printmaking Biennial Exhibition” Douro, Portugal
    2017 “Victorian Craft Award 2017” Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
    2017 “Selvedge” VMFF, Space at Collins, Melbourne, Australia.
    2017 “Body and Cloth: Performing Textiles” Asia TOPA, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia.
    2016 “7th International Artist’s Book Triennial in the Vilnius Book Fair” Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, Vilnius
    2015 “Error” 7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius, Lithuania.
    2015 “Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries & Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award” Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia. (2013)
    2014 "Cutting Edge" Eastbank Foyer, Shepparton, Australia
    2014 “Tabi Wo Yomu–Artist Book” Akiba Tamabi 21, Tokyo, Japan
    2014 "Organic Intimacy" Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne; Ararat Regional Art Gallery Town Hall, Ararat, Australia
    2014 "Fertile Ground " Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2013 "Beyond Words–Artists and Translation" Amelie Gallery, Beijing, China; Wharepuke, Kerikeri, New Zealand (2014)
    2013 "Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries" Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2013 4 persons exhibition “Soshun no Kosai” Pola Museum Annex, Ginza, Tokyo
    2012 6th International Artist’s Book Triennial, Vilnius, Lithuania; Leipzig, Germany
    2011 “The Butterfly Effect” Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Melbourne Australia
    2009 “3 persons Exhibition” Gallery APA F2, Nagoya, Japan
    2008 "Japan Print Show" Northern Print Studio Gallery, Newcastle, England
    2008 "LUDIBE arte contemporaneo" Yecla, Spain
    2007 "Jana Leo Kesho" PIAJI Artist in Residence, RaMoMa Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
    2007 13th Sumio Kawakami Woodcut Grand Prix Competition, Museum Sumio Kawakami, Japan
    2006 5th Hidatakayama Contemporary Woodcut Biennial, Hidatakayama, Japan
    2006 "Make Yourself at Home" Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, England
    2005 "Grabando" PIAJI Artist in Residence, Museo de los Pintores Oaxacaquenos, Mexico
    2005 "Independent-Image and Form 2005" Aichi Museum Gallery G1,2 ,Nagoya, Japan
    2005 3rd Yamamoto Kanae Woodcut Grand Prix Competion, Ueda, Japan
    2005 13th International Print Biennial Varna, Grafic Art Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria (14th)
    2005 "Manga trifft Hanga"Museum im Grunen Haus, Austria

    Artist in Residencies & Grants
    2017 “Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries” First Prize, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2017 Artist in Residence, Textile Department, Australian National University, Canberra School of Art, Canberra, Australia
    2012 Artist in Residence, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2010 The Researcher Overseas Grant, Pola Art Foundation Japan, Melbourne, Australia
    2009 Artist in Residence, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    2009 "European Capital of Culture, “International Artist’s Book Workshop” Vilnius, Lithuania
    2007 "Jana Leo Kesho""Yesterday Today Tomorrow" Kuona Trust Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya
    2006 "Mar a Tres Riveras""On Three Sides of an Ocean" Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
    2005 "Grabando""Print" Juan Alcazar Studio, Rufino Tamayo Print Studio, Oaxaca, Mexico
    2005 "Quitate los Zapatos, Kutsu O Nuide" Take off Your Shoes" Nagoya Art University, Printmaking Studios, Nagoya, Japan

    Public Collections
    Machida City Museum of Garaphic Arts, Machida, Tokyo.
    Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
    Bluestone Collection, Melbourne, Australia.

    "DE FIL EN AIGUILLE - La broderie dans l'art contemporain" Charlotte Vannier, Pyramid Editions
    "Threads, Contemporary Embroidery Art" Charlotte Vannier, Thames & Hudson

    Kuona Trust Workshop (Nairobi, Kenya 2007)
    Australian Print Workshop (Melbourne, Australia 2010)
    Australian Tapestry Workshop (Melbourne, Australia 2012, 2013)
    Shepparton Art Museum (Shepparton, Australia 2013)
    Textile Workshop, School of Art & Design, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia 2017)