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About

Aphra Shemza is a London based multimedia artist exploring the impact and legacy of technology on our world. Working with abstraction, interactivity and light, Shemza combines traditional sculpting techniques with the latest technology to create her work. Shemza’s work is multidisciplinary making reference to Modernism with a renewed optimism.

Shemza has created both public and private commissions: Seconds Pass for Save the Children, GlaxoSmithKline and Anagram this year, Post-Truth and Beauty commissioned by Morley College in 2017, and Heart Beats of Cristal for Champagne Louis Roederer,  exhibited in the Shard, London in 2016.

She exhibits regularly with recent highlights including V&A Digital Futures, Winter Lights Festival and Xi’an Maker Faire in China with the British Council. She has also participated in public speaking events, notably at Tate Britain, the British Library and The Courtauld Institute.

In 2018 she launched www.art-ology.co.uk, a peer resource for artists who wish to be mindful of their environmental impact with the support of SPACE.

Her research about sustainability in the media arts has been published by the Electronic Visual Arts conference in London, and she now sits on their organising committee. She also contributed an article to Tate Etc magazine in 2016.

In 2016 she co-founded FLUX Events, a peer networking charity for artists working at the intersection of art, technology and science. Shemza co-curates the yearly programme of talks, exhibitions and events and oversees the day to day running of the charity.

Alongside her art practice, she has been the manager of the Estate of Anwar Jalal Shemza since 2012, championing the work of her grandfather and continuing his legacy, through exhibitions, publications and more.

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Exhibitions:

2018

ING Discerning Eye, 15th-25th November 2018, The Mall Galleries, London, UK

V & A Digital Futures, 12th July 2018, British Computer Society, London, UK

Kallida Festival, 21st-24th June 2018, Baskerville Hall, Wales

Selected Works, April – 12th July 2018, ITS Clubhouse, London, UK

ART IN FLUX: Experiments in Media Arts Now, 31st May – 3rd June 2018, Ugly Duck, London, UK

Silicon Milk Roundabout, 19th-20th May 2018, Truman Brewery, London, UK

The Other Art Fair, 22nd-25th March 2018, Victoria House, London, UK

4th LCN Showcase, 22nd-25th March 2018, Space Studios, London, UK

Universal Motherhood,10th-18th March 2018, Save the Children & Glaxosmithkline, London, UK

2017

Illusions, Menier Gallery, London, UK

It’s Art Call 2017, D Contemporary, London, UK

Xi’an Maker Faire, Xi’an, China (with support from the British Council and Maker Faire Xi’an)

EVA, British Computer Society, London, UK

Love Scenes, Lights of Soho, London, UK

The Engine Room: International Sound Art Exhibition, Morley College Gallery, London, UK

Illuminating Geometry, Gallery 286, London, UK

The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London UK

Light Bites, Off Quay, London UK

Winter Lights, Canary Wharf, London, UK

2016

Heart Beats of Cristal, Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, London, UK

Seeing the Unseen, Four Corners Gallery, London, UK
Cannes Film Festival, premier of Neon Demon with Lights of Soho, Cannes, France

Selected Works, Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, UK
Lights of Soho at The Other Art Fair, London, UK
Chroma Red Edition, Safehouse 1, London, UK
Zealous X, Rich Mix, London, UK

2015

Gravity, Kinetica Museum at the Hospital Club, London, UK
Signs that Say What You Want Them to Say, Lights of Soho, London, UK
Art of Burning Man, Lights of Soho, London, UK
City Lights, Lights of Soho, London, UK
PHI, Squat the Sun, London, UK

2014

Cosmophilia, Print House, London, UK

2013

‘The Doors of Perception: The Thin Veil, Kinetica Art Fair 2013: Kinetica Museum, Feature Show, London, UK
Transition, Red Gallery, London, UK

2012

Kinetica Auction Exhibition, Mother, London, UK
RAW MMXII: Art and Design Degree Show 2012, The Truman Brewery, London, UK
The Final Broadcast, The Russet Gallery, London, UK

2011

The Laws of Nature, Subway Gallery, London, UK
New Matter, Red Gate Gallery, London, UK

2007

NADFAS exhibition, Thebes Gallery, Lewes, UK

Publications:

2018

Shemza, A., ‘It Starts with the Artist: Solutions for a Sustainable Media Arts Practice,’ in P.Bowen, J, Diprose, G & Lambert, N (eds), EVA London 2018, British Computer Society, London, 2018, pp. 188-192. (Link)

2017

Shemza, A., ‘Public Interactive Art: Environmental Challenges,’ in P.Bowen, J, Diprose, G & Lambert, N (eds), EVA London 2017, British Computer Society, London, 2017, pp. 91-93. (Link)

2015

Shemza, A, ‘My Grandfather, Anwar Jalal Shemza’, Tate Etc, 16th October 2015. pp. 18-21. (Link)

Awards:

2018
Shortlisted for the ING Discerning Eye competition

2017
Awarded a place on the LCN and SPACE Studios Artist Development Program

Finalist for the Artists’ Pool Illusions open call

Finalist in the Its Art Call 2017 open call

2016
Shortlisted for the Blooom Award by Warsteiner
Finalist in the Zealous X Competition
Finalist in the Chroma Red Edition open Call

2015
Finalist in the Lights of Soho ‘Signs that Say What you Want Them to Say’ open call

2009
Student of the year at Chesterfield College

2007
Shortlisted for the NADFAS award

Education

2009 – 2012
BA Hons Fine Art, Middlesex University, London, UK

2008 – 2009
Foundation Art, Chesterfield College, Chesterfield, UK

Public Commissions:

2018

Polychromy, commissioned by KALLIDA on the occasion of their festival, 21st-24th June 2018.

Seconds Pass, commissioned by Save the Children and Glaxosmithkline on the occasion of the Universal Motherhood exhibition produced by ANAGRAM.

2017

Post Truth and Beauty, in collaboration with Tim Murray-Browne, commissioned on the occasion of The Engine Room: International Sound Art Exhibition, Morley College, London, UK.

2016
Heart Beats of Cristal, Louis Roederer, Shangri’La Hotel, The Shard, London, UK
Composition XV, Canary Wharf Group, Level 39, One Canada Square, London, UK

Talks:

2018

Panel Discussion, Networks, FLUX Events, The Library Club, London, UK, 24th October 2018

Panel Discussion, Re-imagining the Mughals, Lahore Literary Festival, British Library, London, UK, 20th October 2018

Panel Discussion, Goldsmiths Computational Arts MA, FLUX Events,  Goldsmiths University, London, UK, 8th September 2018

Panel Discussion, FLUX Events: Contemporary Trends in the Media Arts, hosted by Guy Armitage, EVA Conference, British Computer Society, London, UK, 11th July 2018

Talk, It Starts with the Artist: Solutions for a Sustainable Media Arts Practice, EVA Conference, British Computer Society, London, UK, 11th July 2018

Artist Talk, Selected Works, ITS Clubhouse, London, UK, 29th June 2018

Panel Discussion, Light Art, ART IN FLUX: Experiments in Media Arts NOW, Ugly Duck, London, UK, 1st June 2018

Talk, New Social Sculpture, FLUX Events, The Library Club, London, UK, 2nd May

2017

Artist Talk, ARUP, London, UK, 27th July

Artist Talk, Anwar Jalal Shemza and I, Courtuald Institute, London, UK, 20th July

Talk, Public Interactive Art: Environmental Challenges, EVA Research Workshop, British Computer Society, 11th July

Artist Panel, Zealous X Meetup, Waterstones, London, UK, 1st June

Artist Talk and Host, Public Media Art, FLUX event, Lights of Soho, London, UK, 31st May

Artist Talk, WITCiH Salon, The Bargehouse, London, UK, 10th May

Artist Talk, Illuminating Geometry, Be Smart About Art, Gallery 286, London, UK, 28th April

2016

Artist Talk and Host, Light, FLUX event, Lights of Soho, London, UK, 21st November

Speech at the Louis Roederer launch of Cristal 2009 and revealing of the commission Heart Beats of Cristal, Shangri-La Hotel, London, UK, 11th October

Panel Discussion, Anwar Shemza, Tate Modern, London, UK, 11th March

2015

Artist Talk, ‘Graduates in Art’ talk with Aphra Shemza and Sarah Barnes, No-one Artist, Lights of Soho, London, UK, 13th July

Press:

2018

Glodeane Brown, On Art and Innovation: Interview with Aphra Shemza, Culture Fancier, 27th April 2018. (Link)

London Live, The Other Art Fair Returns, 22nd March 2018. (Link)

2017

Christina Nafzinger, Collapsing the wall that separates technology and nature with the artist Aphra Shemza, Art Maze Mag, Summer 2017. (Link)

Tabish Khan, The Top 7 Art Exhibition to see this week in London, FAD Magazine, 20th August 2017. (Link)

2016

Matthew Crist, In Conversation with Aphra Shemza, Autumn 2016. (Link)

Lorraine Crighton-Smith, Luxury London, 14th October 2016.

Luxury Channel, Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal: Made for Royalty, October 2016. (Link)

2015
My Grandfather, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Tate Etc, 16th October 2015. pp.18-21 (Link)

Gravity: Universal and Cosmic Art, Time Out, October edition. (Link)
Composition XI, featured in GQ Magazine, October edition
Composition X featured in Time Out, October edition

Rob Wilkes, NK Guy’s: Art of the Burning Man, 17th August 2015. (Link)

Nooneartist, The Launch of “Into the Spotlight” with Nooneartist and Lights of Soho, 4th July 2015. (Link)

Christina Lopez, Lights of Soho opens with City Lights, 4th June 2015. (Link)

Julie Reid, Bright, Brash and Beautiful: City Lights opens at Lights of Soho, 28th May 2015. (Link)

2013

Golden Scarab, Light and Art to sculpt Illusion and Reality, 26th March 2013. (Link)

The Times, Kinetica says its art has the potential to advance, 1st March 2013. (Link)

The Telegraph, the Kinetica Art Fair in pictures, 1st March 2013. (Link)

Matthew Tucker, Kinetica 2013: When Art and Science Collide, 1st March 2013. (Link)

Justine Aw, Kinetica Art Fair, 1st March 2013. (Link)

Attila Nagy, I wish I could snatch some of these weird kinetic thingamajigs for my house, 28th February 2013. (Link)