At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

Our galleries are open today 10am–3pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

Emma Fishwick

Emma Fishwick

As a choreographic practioner, Emma’s practice continuously questions whether dance can achieve the often-complex connections between the human and non-human. Emma’s dialogues with textiles, image, object, and scholarship serves her questioning continuum of what the dancing form can be.  

Emma’s residency takes the opportunity to critically engage with themes that emerged from her recent choreographic development From Here, Together (2022) and installation HERE, THERE, AGAIN which was part of the exhibition, #FEAS Unfinished Business (2022). Working in the continuum of these projects the residency seeks to refine Emma’s methodology of slow choreography, as framework that provides a sustained form of attention to the relational realties of material, concepts, and bodies. This focus not only builds on Emma’s artistic explorations but also directly informs and is informed by her PhD research on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (ARC): Understanding and addressing everyday sexisms in Australian universities.

Emma strives for this time to be open, finding rigour in the fluidity of creative exploration. A daily responsive process across movement, drawing and text will ground each day. From there Emma will experiment with textile mapping, slow video portraiture & choreographic writing, slowly accumulating ways corporeal matter can engage with social phenomena, giving form to what is otherwise fleeting.  

Emma will have her studio door open to the public Monday 5 – Friday 9 December, 11am–3pm. 

About the Artists

Emma is a choreographer and artist who lives and works on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja, Western Australia. She is an Honours graduate in Dance and LINK (2010) and holds a Master of Arts (Performing Arts) in 2019 from WAAPA and been an Associate Artist with Co3 Contemporary Dance Australia. Emma is currently at Edith Cowan University working on an Australian Research Council Discover Project as a PhD candidate, exploring how slow choreographic methods can give corporal form to fleeting social phenomena.

As part of her growing body of work, she developed and presented microLandscapes (2016) at the Next Wave Festival which was nominated for a Green Room Award and Australian Dance Award. She performed her work inBetween at Open Studio’s during Dance Massive and collaborated with Kynan Hughes to facilitate STRUT Dance’s annual site-specific program In-Situ. Emma developed Dance, Quiet Riot (2018), a board member of STRUT Dance and has been a mentor for artists with a disability via support provider, My Place.

She has choreographed for the International Young Choreographers Project in Taiwan (2019) and been engaged in multiple projects and research residencies in Perth, Sydney and Tasmania and festivals in Bilbao, Singapore and Melbourne. In 2020, Emma was selected by Co3 to choreograph a 360’ VR film for the Revelations Film Festival and XR:WA FourbyFour project at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In the same year, she co-created a video series Feminism Has No Borders with Sally Richardson. Emma also presented her new work Slow Burn, Together as part of Perth Festival (2021), which received the award for OUTSTANDING NEW WORK | at the 2022 Performing Arts WA Awards. This work became a springboard for the development of a new work, From Here, Together, as part of Co3’s IN.RESIDENCE program, supported by Performing Lines WA.


Emma is supported by Performing Lines WA.

Image: Emma Fishwick, From Here, Together, Digital Image, 2022.