b.1993, Blackpool, Scotland, Leeds Emii Alrai is a multidisciplinary artist working mainly in sculpture. Alrai’s work spans material investigation in relation to memory, critique of the western museological structure and the study and complexity of ruins. The installations work as large-scale realms built in relation to bodies of research which start with archaeology and the natural environments objects are excavated from. Weaving in social memory, inherited nostalgia and the lives of the ancient past which question objects' roles in the world around us, their power and the hierarchies they sit in.
Education 2016-2018 University of Leeds, MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies 2011-16 University of Leeds, BA Fine Art (International) 2014-2015 École Supérieure d’art et de design Marseille-Méditerranée (Erasmus)
Solo 2023 TBC, The Grundy (Blackpool) 2022 Reverse Defense, Workplace Foundation (Newcastle) *current* 2022 A Core of Scar, Future Collect Commission, The Hepworth Wakefield & iniva (Wakefield) 2022 The Courtship of Giants, Eastside Projects (Birmingham) 2021 Deposition Layer, Threshold Projects, (Leeds) 2021 Passing of the Lilies, Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Arts (London) 2020 The High Dam, The Tetley (Leeds) 2019 Tutelaries, VITRINE (London) 2019 House of Teeming Cattle, Two Queens (Leicester) 2018 An Ancient Quiver, GLOAM Gallery (Sheffield)
Duo Shows 2022 Sutures, Duo show with Eve Tagny, Visual Arts Centre Clarington (Canada) 2019 Fallow, Duo show with Angus McCrum, The Rectory Projects (London)
2022 breathe, spirit and life 呼吸, 靈魂與生命, curated by Katherine Ka Yi Liu, The Bluecoat (Liverpool) *upcoming* 2022 Exploratory Drawings, Maximillian William (London) 2021 Stories We Tell Ourselves, Curated by Matt Kyba, Foreman Gallery (Quebec) 2021 Ecdysis, Curated by Hannah Rowan, Assembly Point (London) 2019 Odds, TOMA (Southend) 2017 Eternal Interstice, Ladybeck (Leeds) 2017 Chiens Amers/Bitter Hounds, performance with Blanche Godivier, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Leeds) 2017 The Hum, curated by Tžužjj, Caustic Coastal (Salford) 2017 Limbo Lambada, Hutt Collective (Nottingham) 2016 #1, FAHACS Project Space, University of Leeds (Leeds) 2016 The Art House Residency Exhibition, The Art House (Wakefield) 2016 FUAM Graduate Art Prize, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery (Leeds) 2016 Space and Place, Left Bank (Leeds) 2016 And Again, University of Leeds Fine Art degree show (Leeds) 2016 Cinq, Untitled BCN, Barcelona (Spain) 2015 Entre Autre, Galérie M.A.D (Marseille)
Public Sculpture 2023 Guardian, Sculpture in the City (London)
Residencies + Awards + Workshops 2021 Sculpture Workshop, Chisenhale Gallery (London) 2021 In-ruins Residency, Calabria (Italy) 2021 Triangle Astérides Residency, (Marseille) 2020 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award 2020 Yorkshire Sculpture International Sculpture Network 2019 Yorkshire Sculpture International Engagement Artist (Yorkshire) 2018 The Tetley Artist Associate Programme (Yorkshire) 2018 Club : Making Matters commission, Yorkshire Sculpture International (Yorkshire) 2017 Club : Studio bursary, The Art House (Wakefield) 2016 FUAM Graduate Art Prize, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery (Leeds) 2016 Graduate residency, The Art House (Wakefield)
Projects Co-Founder and organiser of Nocturne (2016-2019) 2019 Making Marks, The Arab British Centre and Madeenah Kuwait (Kuwait) 2017-19 Member of Club 2016 Scores (2016) workshopped with soprano Juliet Fraser @ The Calder, The Hepworth Gallery, (Wakefield)