Emma Brown (formerly Emma Brown Owl) is a freelance illustrator and artist based in Manchester. Her work explores history, tradition, collection and place through a focus on narrative and an interpretation of this in visual form.

Working predominantly as an illustrator on commission based work she is currently in state of reflection, discovery and development within her artistic practice, attempting to strike a balance between the two sides of her professional career as both artist and illustrator.
Working processes are driven by her illustrative skill set and primarily use drawing, painting and collage with a recent move towards traditional print-based methods. Emma uses animation and moving image within her practice aiding her further in depicting and retelling personal and found narrative material. Her work often includes silhouetted or faceless figures evoking a sense of anonymity enabling the viewer to engage with the figure and use it as a means of projecting their own story.

Emma has been volunteering weekly at Hot Bed Press in Salford since September 2015.


2014 - Complete Printmaker - Hot Bed Press, Salford
2010 - BA Design & Art Direction (First Class Honours) - Manchester School of Art

Awards, Grants & Residencies

2016 :
A-N Professional Development Bursary
Shortlisting for IWM Short Film Awards

Arts Council England Grants for the Arts - My Subject is War


Paper Moon & Friends - The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

Art Vend
- Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham
What’s Holding Me Back?  The Shop, Nelson
Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival – Screening of ‘Go! It’s Your Duty Lad’
What’s Holding Me Back? – The Gallery at Bank Quay House, Warrington
Waterside |-O Micro Commission – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Shaun Ryder Beer Mat Show (Contribution) - 
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington
My Subject is War
– Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
My Subject is War – Golden Square, Warrington
My Subject is War – Contact Warrington, Horsemarket St. Warrington
Mind the Sex – Wellcome Collection, London and various venues around the North West

Relayer Cake (Digital Contribution) –
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington
Leigh For All (Commissioned for permanent display)– Turnpike Centre, Leigh
WomanStanley – The Dog House, Warrington
‘The First World War – 100 Years’ – Pyramid Centre, Warrington

Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival Open 
– The Gallery at Bank Quay House, Warrington
Forming Words Alphabet - Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Manchester

International Drawing Project - PR1 Gallery, Preston
The Magic Theatre, The Gallery at Norwich University College of the Arts, Norwich
Mull It Over -  Artist Residence, Brighton

The Magic Theatre -
The Holden Gallery, Manchester
The Mill Co Annual Exhibition - The Mill Co Project, Vyner Street, London
Postcards From Europe - Wem Town Hall, Wem
The Flamingo Arts Project - Betty’s Cafe, London
OWT - Cord, Manchester

DNA Designers Northern Alliance - 
Triangle Manchester
‘&’ -  Manchester School of Art, Manchester
Panic - Noiselab, Manchester

Projects, Events and Workshops

Soundstripes 1 - Screening of ‘The Snake’

Think, Question, Print - A-N Professional Development Bursary
Unwrapped Print Fair - Organiser
Leigh in the First World War - Workshop Leader
Inprint – Celebrate Print - Stallholder/Workshop Assistant for Hot Bed Press
Open Culture: Summer Arts Market (with The Skinny Magazine) - Stallholder
Creative Remedies (Pyramid Arts Centre) – Art tutor

Hot Bed Press at Manchester Print Fair – Screenprinting Workshop Assistant
Trenchers Times (Wigan Council for Voluntary Youth Service) – Workshop leader
My Subject is War – ‘Live art’ sessions
My Subject is War – Workshop leader with Amanda Moore
Hampton Academy – Workshop leader

Leigh For All – Workshop leader
Wigan and Leigh Archives – Workshop leader
RNCM Craft Fair – Stallholder
Warrington Litfest/Culture Warrington – Workshop assistant
Turnpike Centre/Leigh Neighbours – Workshop leader

Manchester Print Fair – Stallholder
Turnpike Gallery – Workshop assistant
Turnpike Gallery ‘Drawing School’ – Workshop leader

Open Culture: Winter Arts Market – Stallholder
Union Street Media Arts/Lesbian and Gay Foundation – Workshop leader and Illustrator

Christmas Market at Soup Kitchen – Stallholder
Grotto Shop - Seller
Manchester Print Fair – Stallholder
Fred Aldous 125th Anniversary Celebrations – Stallholder

Fantastica – Creative placement
Creative Partnerships/St. Margarets Primary School – Workshop facilitator

Client List

International Anthony Burgess Foundation | Oriel Wrecsam | Hot Bed Press | Karen Shannon | Creative Industries Trafford | The Skinny (North West) | The Skinny (Scotland) | Heritage for Health | Wigan Council for Voluntary Youth Service | Warrington Borough Council | Wigan Council | Grand Arcade, Wigan | Spinning Gate Shopping Centre, Leigh | Wellcome Collection/Wellcome Trust | BlueSci Trafford | Lets Go/Lets Go Global | Interstellar Overdrive | Wigan Leisure and Cultural Trust | Culture Warrington | Past Forward Magazine | Turnpike Gallery | Pyramid and Parr Hall | Kathy Gordon (Children’s Author) | Abattoir Blues Records | Worn Journal | Inc Zine | Union Street Media Arts | Lesbian and Gay Foundation | Spindle Magazine | Mill Press | Flamingo Magazine | Article Magazine | WD40/Waggledance | Fantastica London | OWT Zine

© Emma Brown 2010-18