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Emily Hesse, (PhD Researcher)

  • 6 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Phd Researcher Profile

Designing the Anthropocene: ceramics as an archaeology of the contemporary past.


Emily Hesse is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Middlesbrough in North-East England who draws materials from her surrounding landscapes to tell stories of place, social history and the passing of time, unpacking complex narratives that define working class communities.

Hesse produced Blackbirds Born from Invisible Stars in 2018, a bookwork she describes as a “sculptural object” and separate from its content which is a semi-autobiographical, prose-based view of what “strategic regionalism means to an artist of [her] background, age and position.”

Her 2018 solo exhibition The Taste of This History: A Church in my Mouth (Workplace Gallery, Gateshead) addressed the barriers Hesse faces as a female, working class, middle aged artist. For example, The Centre of Things 2018played on craft traditions associated with the feminine, featuring a needle hanging on thread woven from local moorland wool and the hair of Hesse and her daughters.

Hesse’s most recent work Kissing the Bees (2019) is 17-minute film installation shot on a mobile phone, bringing together research into witchcraft of the North York Moors as an early form of matriarchal social organising.

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Master, University of Sunderland

Award Date: 21 Oct 2015


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • ceramics
  • clay
  • sculpture
  • contemporary art
  • communities
  • social practice
  • cultural institutions

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Research Output

  • Kissing the Bees - Film

    Hesse, E., 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
  • Blackbirds Born from Invisible Stars

    Hesse, E., Jun 2018, 210 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • The Idea Home Show - Group Exhibition: Reclaim the Wilderness (2017)

    Hesse, E., 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Prizes

    Arts Foundation Futures Award for Visual Arts - Runner up

    Hesse, Emily (Recipient), 26 Jan 2020

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    • 4 Invited talk
    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Runs Like a Rumour and a Legend: John Berger's Miners 30 Years On.

    Emily Hesse (Organiser)

    19 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Reorganising Cultural Institutions

    Emily Hesse (Invited speaker)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Experimental Research in Spaces - Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts

    Emily Hesse (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Plus Tate Seminar -Working with Local Artists and the Ethics of Organisations

    Emily Hesse (Invited speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Substance, Significance and Subsidence: the Institution Without Borders

    Emily Hesse (Invited speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Hearing From Artists: Emily Hesse

    Emily Hesse


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

    We Are Middlesbrough: From a town of industry to a city of culture?

    Emily Hesse


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Emily Hesse: The Taste of this History: A Church in my Mouth

    Emily Hesse


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

    The Year in Protest: From the Met to Chapel Hill to Kochi and Beyond

    Emily Hesse


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities