As we welcome coordinator, programmer and researcher Emma Flynn to the Tall Tales team we asked her to tell us a little bit more about her take on the forthcoming touring programme and thoughts on bringing the tour up to her current home town of Glasgow…
Being part of Tall Tales is an exciting opportunity for me to work with a number of amazing women towards the realisation of the touring exhibition. I am particularly excited as I am responsible for two key aspects of the project – firstly being the only exhibition in Scotland, but also being the last exhibition in the tour. Both of which provide opportunities and challenges!
The Glasgow Women’s Library is an important and unique venue in Scotland and an ideal place to showcase the work by these 17 artists. It will be an ambitious final show, including works by all the artists in one location so that audiences can experience the wealth of experiences and stories the show has to offer. I am looking forward to seeing the show develop and adapt to each location, offering local and national audiences an engaging experience at each venue.
Emma Flynn is a graduate of Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art and has worked with arts and cultural research organisations across Scotland. She gained her MLitt in Managing in the Creative Industries in 2009 and completed her PhD in 2014, both at University of St Andrews. Her PhD looked at the career histories of visual artists and their understanding of themes of social, cultural and economic with relation to artistic career development.
Emma is currently working as Festival Coordinator for Glasgow International preparing for the seventh edition in April 2016. For Glasgow International she works across different aspects of the festival including working on the management of the limited edition works, sales of which go towards supporting the festival programme and project management of the Aaron Angell exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Botanic Gardens. In addition she has worked with other arts organisations and on various projects including the Edinburgh Art Festival, a pilot programme for developing networks for international curators with British Council Scotland and assisting in the early stages of Framework – a professional development platform for emerging curators in Scotland.
In addition to her work with arts organisations she has also worked on a number of research projects in the cultural field through projects such as Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland with the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), the Visual Arts and Galleries Association International Research Enquiry and several projects with BOP Consulting on projects like Edinburgh Printmakers Castle Mill Works, Hexham Moothall for Woodhorn Charitable Trust, Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme evaluation and the outline business for Paisley Museum.