Emma Knowles - Biography
Pencil drawing by Emma Knowles Manchester Portrait Painter

Drawing by Emma Knowles (2022)

BORN - 1967 Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1985-86 Bangor Technical College, Gwynedd, North Wales. - Art Foundation Course
1986-89 Norwich School of Art, Norwich, Norfolk. - BA (hons)
2004       Sunderland University – PGCE

2011 Salford University MA in Contemporary Fine Art

1989 Portraits North, Harrogate Art Gallery.
1990 Open Studio, M.A.S.A.
1991 Royal Overseas League 'New World', Salisbury.
1993 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
1993 Wales Open Exhibition, Aberystwyth.
1994 Cheltenham Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham.
1995 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
1996 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
1996 Royal Overseas League, London.
1997 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
1997 Wirral Metro College Art Staff Exhibition, Albert Dock, Liverpool.
1998 Axiom Centre for the Arts, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
1999 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
1999 National Eisteddfod of Wales.
2000 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
2000/01 Royal Cambrian Academy Summer Exhibition.
Nov 2000 Face to Face, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford.

2002 Mike Knowles and Emma Knowles Cambrian Academy
2004 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
2004 Family Lines, Touring, Nationally in Wales.
2004 Focal Mix Exhibition, Ruthin, North Wales.
2005 Wales Drawing, Touring, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
2007 Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition, St David’s Hall, Cardiff

2008 Wales Portrait Award / Touring
2011 Mostyn Open Exhibition
2012 MA Exhibition, Chapman Gallery Salford University and Islington Mill, Salford.
2012 Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, Oriel Mon.            
2013  'Perspectives' group exhibition Cambrian Academy
2013 Summer Exhibition Cambrian Academy
2014 Sale Waterside Exhibition (Highly Commended)
2015 Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, Oriel Ynys Mon
2016 Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2017 The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2019 The Lynn  Painter- Stainers Painting Prize, Mall Galleries London
2019 Wales Contemporary Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven, Mall Galleries London
1998 "On the Terraces", Paintings by Emma Knowles - Exhibition Organised by East Staffs Borough Council.
1999 Recent Work - Rising Sun Arts Centre.

2000 HMP  Risley, Visitors' Centre
2015 Ucheldre Arts Centre/ Portraits Past and Present
2016 Manchester International Airport Community Links Exhibition
2019 WW1 ‘Making the Past the Present’ Northenden Now Forever Heritage Commission, The Mission.
1989 Degas “Images of Women", Tate Gallery, Liverpool.
2008 Sculpture recycle, St Hilda's C of E Primary School, Trafford

2012/13 Portrait Workshop St Paul's Primary School. Manchester.
2012 Transcription Workshop/ Youth Club St Hilda's Church Trafford.
2013 Portrait Workshop Kingsway Secondary School Cheadle.
2018 St Wilfred’s Primary School WW1 art workshops
1989 Noel Spencer Award for Life Drawing.
1991 Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation.
1993 Michael Gourley Award.
1995 Edward Oldham Trust Award.

2015 Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize – 1st Prize
2016 Discerning Eye David Gluck Memorial Bursary – Joint Winner

BROADCASTING - 2006/7 BBC1 ‘Star Portraits’ Series
PUBLICATIONS - Art of England/2007
RESIDENCIES - 2015-date  - Age Concern, Crossacres, Wythenshaw.
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