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Work Made In Lockdown Exhibition: Fronteer Gallery

I’m delighted to have had my painting ‘Lockdown mood’ selected by Fronteer Gallery to include in their exhibition dedicated to work made in lockdown. This beauty will be on show between the 7th and 17th of July at the gallery on Exchange Street, Sheffield.

This expressive abstract painting came about amidst the frustrations of lock down: the dark moods, the sense of containment and wishing to break barriers. The handling of the back acrylic, smothered, scraped and scratched into glowers in contrast with the purple emulsion which was carefully mixed by hand to this brooding shade.

Small but packing a punch, this work is 30cm x 25cm unframed. I’ll be framing and packaging it up to send to Fronteer this week.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what else is included in the exhibition!

Talking about my work

Over the weekend I was pushed well out of my comfort zone by talking live on instagram about my art work. Now available via my posts on IGTV this is 10 minutes of me giving an overview of my practice, being nervous in front of the camera and fumbling slightly with technology. Thanks go to the organisers of #cambridgecraftfestival for the push to try new things.

Head to @emilyjolleyfineart on instagram if you’d like to take a look!

Latest commission update

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the opportunity to finalise a commission on location, allowing me to respond directly to the other decor and feel of the space. I’m really pleased with the resulting paintings which both hold their own and compliment their environment.

These beauties were made using Farrow and Ball and Little Greene paints, as well as a bespoke background colour that I mixed. I really love their impact!

@cambridgecraftfestival charity

As we get closer to @cambridgecraftfestival (on instagram on the 5th of June) fundraising has started for Maggies Charity. Raffle prizes have been donated by dozens of the vendors and sorted into bundles that anyone who appreciates craftwork or enjoys crafting themselves will love! Tickets are just £2 from the homepage of

One of my hand burnished lino prints is available as part of bundle 3, one of 4 fantastic prize bundles up for grabs.

My instagram post lists the full contents and the vendors that donated them.

No Frost At Night – Babylon Arts

No Frost At Night

Fourteen-day diary project

Babylon Arts (curator Sid White-Jones)

Completed 11 – 24 April 2021 and returned to Babylon Arts, Babylon Gallery, Ely

I expressed an interest in taking part in this project and received a 14 day diary to complete through the post. I took over a week to feel comfortable starting the project. After completing it I had this to say in the notes at the end of the diary:

Diaries are embarrassing; private and personal, they are unedited.

Approaching this project, I first thought of themes on which I could write or draw that would show a developing picture over the 14 days. Instead I just started one day, after coming home from my morning walk, quickly scribbling an impression that had stayed with me.

I have resisted the urge to improve on drawings, edit words, or add subsequent commentary. The pages show a spontaneous snapshot of (imperfect) memory.

I’ve learned from this project, or remembered, the discipline of capturing impressions, of thoughts, of reflecting on what meant something.

I plan to continue with something like this format to keep notes and set myself up for the day by being receptive to playfulness, to what intrigues me, and warming up my hand to make meaningful marks.

Thank you Sid White-Jones and Babylon Arts.

I won’t be including all of the pages here – some of them are embarrassing! And I feel they belong to the project which is now out of my hands. (I have returned the diary to Babylon Arts to make of what they wish for the exhibition.) Below are the notes that I made each day. It’s interesting to me that strung together they have a certain poetry to them.


Pearly grays

Swallows soar and swoop

Stop to watch

Art can make me feel this way


Blue sky


Rainbow dew


Rust coloured catkins falling into the ouse making ripples like huge fish



Hidden treasure


Bursting bright


Shadow shapes



Dragon shaped

Fire scraps found


Midge cloud


Stunning sun





Bumbling over clouds of white stars

First butterfly sight




So long heron


Dishevelled blue tit

Sitting flitting

Blossom snow falling

Slow flow into the river

Floating faster and faster

Till bumbled down the fall


Sense of place


Negative space


Blackbird warning

‘Cat cat cat cat’

@cambridgecraftfestival 5 June 2021

I’m excited to be taking part in the innovative online Cambridge Craft Festival alongside dozens of talented makers.

As part of this I’ll be aiming to promote my signature abstract paintings incorporating emulsion paint as well as smaller abstracts on paper, drawings, prints and my collection of playful jewellery handmade with paint trapped inside delicate necklaces.

I look forward to learning a lot from my fellow makers and the fantastic organisers Camilla and Jem, both independent craft business owners based in Cambridge.

The festival will be Live on Instagram @cambridgecraftfestival and via the website

I would say I can’t wait – but I’m also looking forward to the preparation, planning and promotion throughout May before we get there!

Latest Cambridge commission

I’m excited and delighted that another commission will be making its way to it’s new home very soon. The lovely client who asked me to work on this beauty got in touch as she wanted something special for her newly refurbished kitchen diner. She was able to share with me her Farrow&Ball colour-scheme, picked the type of motif she wanted me to work on, and allowed me to take it from there. This was a joy to work on and I’m really pleased with the final result.

And here are some in-progress shots:

Current commissions off to Cambridge homes

I’m delighted that these lovely things have now gone to a new home, and am excited to start work on my next commission, the canvas for which arrived this morning! These paintings have been developed with a particular place in mind, responding to both the feel of the space and the existing colour scheme.

What’s up with #COSart2020

An update on what’s been on display so far for #cambridgeopenwindows

Preview weekend: New work on paper, canvas and board

Week 1: Painting and lino prints inspired by the local landscape

Week 2: Keeping it simple with one statement painting – big, beautiful and blue

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Wear paint

I’d been working on something different for this year’s Cambridge Open Studios at Burwash Manor to show alongside my main work – paintings that you can take with you everywhere you go.

It’s one of the things I’m most gutted about not being able to get ‘out there’ in person this July as they’ve been a while in development and I’m really pleased with the results. These delicate but quite robust little necklaces are made with my signature material, emulsion paint, trapped inside glass globes.

The process of making them (researching and testing what would work well, controlling materials while embracing their nature and some chaos with it, repetition…) learning some new techniques, and loving the outcome has been hugely enjoyable.

I hope that I’ll still find ways to share them and that they prove popular enough for me to make more!