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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 Art in Flux, a not for profit organisation run by artists 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.

Since 2018 Shemza has been designing and holding creative workshops based on her artistic practice for artistic and local communities. Her Interactive Light Sculpture workshop was held at the V&A in June 2019.



2020 Upcoming

In the Dark, 8th – 12th January 2020, The Cello Factory, London, UK

Mars and Beyond, 20th February – 15th March 2020, The Bargehouse, London, UK


Current Climate, The Other Art Fair, 3rd-6th October 2019, Victoria House, London, UK

Curator and artist: Art in FLUX at the V&A Digital Design Weekend, 21st-22nd September 2019, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Curator and artist: Art in Flux at Event Two, 12th – 17th July, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Curator and artist: Radical Ecology: Sustainable Media Art, 12th June, Ugly Duck, London, UK

Play Me I’m Your Piano Project, 23rd March 2019 – 22nd April 2020, Canary Wharf Estate, London, UK

Sexy Sakura, 18th March – 15th April 2019, Sexy Fish Restaurant, London, UK

Totems (selected works), 12th March 2019, Building Bloqs, London, UK


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


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


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


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


Cosmophilia, Print House, London, UK


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


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


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


NADFAS exhibition, Thebes Gallery, Lewes, UK



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)


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)


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



Awarded the Developing Your Creative Practice Grant from the Arts Council England for the project, Solutions for a Sustainable Art Practice.

Shortlisted for the ING Discerning Eye competition

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

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

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


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

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

Public Commissions:


Synphonica 2.0, part of the Play Me I’m Yours Piano Project commissioned by Canary Wharf Group, London.

Sexy Sakura infinity mirror installation, commissioned by Sexy Fish Restaurant, London.


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.


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.

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



Curator and chair, Networks, FLUX Events, The Library Club, London, UK, 25th September 2019

Talk, Summer workshop, Goldsmiths University, London, 17th July 2019

Curator and chair, Event Two prequel, FLUX Events, EVA Conference, London, 9th July 2019

Curator and talk,  Radical Ecology: Sustainable Media Art, FLUX Events, Ugly Duck, London, UK, 12th June 2019


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


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


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


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



Berglez, Ziva, Insight: ART IN FLUX by Aphra Shemza, encouraging sustainability in artistic practice, ClotMag, 28th July 2019. (Link)


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)


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)


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)

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)


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)