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Jesus College undergraduate exhibits work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Undergraduate Emma Veares (2014) is exhibiting work in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition.

The Royal Academy received 12,000 entries for this year's Summer Exhibition, from which a committee of Royal Academicians selected 1,200 artworks to hang in Burlington House’s Main Galleries.

Emma's work was exhibited earlier this year at the College's student-run John Hughes Arts Festival, of which she was Gallery Director. Emma is also one of the College’s student art curators, looking after a collection of works that are lent out each year to Jesuans.

When asked about the piece, Emma said: “It is a print of a window photographed through a mirror, which I have played with both digitally and in paint, which is printed first onto paper and then in silk. The silk print is suspended about 10cm above the photographic print, so the image is supposed to move slightly as you move round it.

“A lot of my work is about the way that light moves. I’m really interested in looking at how light trips around or through different spaces. I look at the surfaces which reflect it, or the liminal spaces through which it moves, for example mirrors, doorways, windows. I’m essentially interested in trying to capture temporary (moving) moments or qualities in static images.”

When asked about her future in the art world, Emma said: “I’m currently preparing for a couple of small exhibitions in London. I’ve always thought art would be something I did part-time, on the side of either an academic or curatorial career, but if I can keep up a working art practice while still at university that would be brilliant. I know it takes about four to six years to get yourself known in the art world, so I would just like to keep it going for now and see where it leads me.”

You can find out more about Emma and her work at


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