Artist in Residence: Emily Pope

Artist in Residence: Emily Pope

Over the summer of 2021, artist Emily Pope is undertaking a residency with The Box which will result in the premiere of the first in a new moving image and exhibition series.

The film, entitled 'One In Every Village' uses experimental film, writing and printmaking to embrace stories Pope has heard since childhood, and the people she has met in unexpected locations who lead inspiring, authentic and feminist lives in opposition to, and which actively disrupt patriarchal, heteronormative, middle and upper class structures.

'One In Every Village' starts with the peculiar tale of Bowerman's Nose, a witch called Levera, an investigation leading her to Theo Brown’s archive and ultimately to a missing cauldron. Through the work Pope remembers growing up in Plymouth in the 90’s/ early 00’s and exploring her changing perception of these characters and oral histories through a working-class lesbian lens. The work plays with themes associated with populist docu-series, exploring the nuances of this genre with humour.

Artist and DJ Terribilis (Molly O’Reilly) has produced the soundtrack for the moving image work.

This project is supported by Arts Council England, The Box (Plymouth), The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth and WOMP Studios (Sheffield).

Trailer and work in progress

Dartmoor Film Still, by Emily Pope (2021)
Dartmoor Film Still, by Emily Pope (2021)
Bowman's Nose Film Still, by Emily Pope (2021)
Bowman's Nose Film Still, by Emily Pope (2021)
The Dolphin Pub Film Still, by Emily Pope (2021)
The Dolphin Pub Film Still, by Emily Pope (2021)

About Emily Pope

Emily Pope is a visual artist working in film, printmaking, radio, creative writing + publishing. Her research explores a history of experimental contemporary broadcast media with a focus on humour and satire, feminism, political rhetoric + class politics and she is excited by alternative forms of distribution.

She has exhibited and performed in solo and group presentations at artist-led organisations and UK and international contemporary spaces including Tate Britain, London; BLOC Projects, Sheffield; Vogue Fabrics, London; Peak Gallery, London; Paradise Works, Manchester; The Royal Standard, Liverpool; Serf, Leeds; VI VII, Oslo; Matthew Gallery, New York; HA HA Gallery, Southampton; Auto Italia, London; Turf Projects, London with upcoming projects with The Box Museum, Plymouth; VO Curations, London.

Emily is the founder and curator of the queer comedy night and community venture ‘You Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying’ (2019-ongoing) which presents performance, music and comedy at venues including Vogue Fabrics and The Horse Hospital. Between 2015-19 she produced ‘Got 2 B Radio’ with Ruth Angel Edwards, a monthly radio show on Resonance.FM which covered ‘current events’ in relation to sub- and pop culture.