Emilie Taylor

Commissions and Residencies

In September 2014 Emilie completed a Residency working between Chatsworth, a Ducal Seat in Derbyshire and the Manor, a Post-War Council Estate in Sheffield. Linked historically by as homes to Bess of Hardwick in the 16th Century, the estates now represent very different examples of life in Britain. 

The resulting work- a series of Harvest Jugs installed in the Great Chamber of the House, (the place where visitors to the Royal Appartments would dine), during Autumn 2014, were inspired by the painted ceiling in the room- 'Return to the Forgotten Golden Age' painted by Verrio in the 1700's. Emilie's piece, titled 'Hymn to Persephone' comprised 6 Jugs, one depicting the food of the Chatsworth Farm Shop, one the food it is requested we donate to the foodbanks on the Manor. A film of the work and an accompanying event organised as part of the Residency can be viewed here ['Hymn to Persephone' Film](http://vimeo.com/109695763 "Hymn to Persephone Film")

Emilie was comissioned by Yorkshire Artspace, Greenestate Sheffied and the Duke of Devonshire, and received funding from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Funding. Follow Emilie's blog about the residency [here](http://artspace.org.uk/residency-journal/src/residency/manor-oaks-emilie-taylor "Manor Chatsworth Blog"). CHATSWORTH AND MANOR RESIDENCY

In September 2014 Emilie completed a Residency working between Chatsworth, a Ducal Seat in Derbyshire and the Manor, a Post-War Council Estate in Shef… read more

‘Soup Run’ Set of 6 thrown earthenware bowls decorated using slip and sgraffitto made for Grizedale’s 2011 gallery based re-enactment of the Co-Efficients Dining Club, a group set up by John Ruskin in 1905.

Decorated using slip and scraffitto techniques, deliberately chosen for their history, naivety and integrity, the outside of the bowls carry the trademark slip pattern adapted from domestic wallpaper designs made at the turn of the century that refer to the arts and crafts period. 

The inside of the bowls depict scenes from the 'Soup Summit' of 2008. The end of a three year period of wrangling between Westminster Council, the Church and London Voluntary Sector Organistaions as Westminster Council tried to amend byelaws that would mean soup runs, or providing food to the homeless, would become illegal. The summit, (with all organisations represented), met at Tate Britain in 2008 to set up a Soup Steering Group to take the matter forward. Scenes from this period of political history have been drawn simply using scraffitto, resulting in naive or cartoon images and quotes the viewer can piece together in their own reading of the events.

Politics, Morality, Welfare of the Common Man, the Church and the Gallery. Emilie was inspired by the events as representing a Ruskinian tale of our times. GRIZEDALE ARTS

‘Soup Run’ Set of 6 thrown earthenware bowls decorated using slip and sgraffitto made for Grizedale’s 2011 gallery based re-enactment of the Co-Effici… read more

Emilie was comissioned by Museums Sheffield to make new work for the exhibition 'Ruskin: Force of Nature'. Interested in places for reflection and play in the urban landscape, Emilie chose to work with the residents of Sky Edge Pigeon Lofts in Sheffield. A personal journey that had begun in Emilie's childhood at her Dad's pigeon club, led to her creating two large pots, ('So High I Almost Touch the Sky') that she woodfired in a kiln built on the estate. MUSEUMS SHEFFIELD

Emilie was comissioned by Museums Sheffield to make new work for the exhibition 'Ruskin: Force of Nature'. Interested in places for reflection and pla… read more