Emma Camden

Originally from Portsmouth, England, Camden studied glass at the University of Sunderland in England, where she gained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours before immigrating to New Zealand.  

Camden’s recurring architectural themes around stairs, towers, viaducts, pyramids, passages and crosses explore autobiographical and universal questions of place, grief, memory and the afterlife. The ‘dream-like’ forms created in her work also reference her great love of de Chirico’s Metaphysical art.

Camden was the first New Zealand artist to win the prestigious Australasian Ranamok Glass Prize.  Her work has also featured on a limited edition of New Zealand postage stamps.  She has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions in Denmark, Hong Kong, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2015-2016 a major survey exhibition of Camden’s work was held at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui and The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt.

Camden’s work is held in a number of corporate, public and private collections, both in New Zealand and overseas. These include: Glassmuseet Ebeltoft Museum, Denmark; Queensland Art Gallery; Australia, National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, Australia; the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa;  The Dowse Art Museum and Auckland City Museum.

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