Emma McNally

Born 1969, Essex, lives and works in London. Studied Philosophy and Literature at the University of York before continuing her thinking visually through drawing. Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Afterness’, Artangel / National Trust, Orford Ness, UK (2021). 20th Biennale of Sydney, AU (2016) and ‘The form of the Form’, Lisbon Architecture Triennale(2016). ‘Mirrorcity’, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2015). ‘Seeing/Knowing’, Kenyon College of Liberal Arts, Ohio, US (2011).

In the period 2016–21, McNally withdrew from exhibiting and was involved intensely with political activism. McNally was the recipient of the Canal and River Trust, London from 2014–16.

Her works are held in numerous private and public collections including Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, US and MONA, AU. Forthcoming: solo exhibition at The Drawing Room, London UK.


Art Monthly, ‘Vanessa Billy, Emma McNally: Time Spirals’, Matthew Bowman, February 2023