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Behind the Studio Doors | Emily Young FRSS

with Isabel de Vasconcellos



Behind the Studio Doors is a new programme of talks with international members of the Royal Society of Sculptors, chaired by curator and writer Isabel de Vasconcellos. Whilst the doors at Dora House are closed, glimpse behind the scenes at 8 of our members' studios around the world, from Ecuador and the USA to Ukraine and Italy.  


For our sixth and final event, Isabel will be talking with sculptor Emily Young FRSS (this is a rescheduled event)

Emily Young was born in London into a family which included writers, artists, politicians, naturalists and explorers. Her grandmother was the sculptor Kathleen Scott, one of the Royal Society of Sculptors' first female members.

As a young woman, Emily worked primarily as a painter, studying briefly at Chelsea School of Art and Central Saint Martins in London. In the early 1980s she started carving in stone, preferring to use discarded materials from abandoned quarries.

Emily's sculptures have unique characteristics due to each individual stone’s geological history. Her approach allows the viewer to comprehend a commonality across deep time, geography and cultures. With her combination of traditional carving skills allied with technology where necessary, Emily produces timeless works which can be found in important public and private collections throughout the world.


Isabel de Vasconcellos is an independent curator and cultural producer, with extensive experience collaborating with artists and visual arts organisations to realise world-class public commissions and exhibitions. She writes on contemporary art, photography and design, and is the author of Fourth Plinth: How London Created the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World. Follow Isabel on Twitter at @sliverofice or Instagram at @i_de_v. 

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Emily Young FRSS in Conversation with Isabel de Vasconcellos