Leah Emery





Born 1980, Sydney

2002 Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, Brisbane




2017 Manning Prize, Manning Art Gallery, Taree NSW, finalist

2017 Contemporary Art Prize 2017 Exhibition, online, finalist

2016 40 x 40 Art Prize, Brunswick St Art Gallery, finalist

2015 Goa Project Exhibition, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, runner up

2015 The Laundrie National Emerging Art Prize, The Laundry Artspace, Brisbane, finalist

2014 The Blake Prize, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, finalist

2014 The Kennedy Prize, Stomping Grounds Studios, Adelaide, Foundation's Choice Exhibition

2009 University of Queensland Artist Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, finalist

2006 Queensland Artworkers Awards, Raw Space, Brisbane, highly commended

2005 Artrage Erotic Art Awards, Breadbox, Perth, finalist





2020 Still Lyfe, Artisan, Brisbane

2019 Snog of the Beast, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Bundaberg


2018 Animal Queendom, Michael Reid, Sydney

2018 Who Told You You Were Naked?, Gow Langsford, Auckland

2017 Leah Emery, The Other Art Fair, Melbourne

2015 It's Going Swimmingly, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2015 Bodies of Evidence, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin

2014 Twist and Shout, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

2012 Recent Works, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2012 In & Out, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

2010 The Observer, Grant Pirrie Gallery, Sydney

2010 Melbourne Art Fair, Heiser Gallery, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2008 The Exhibition, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2007 Secret Museum, Ark Atelier Gallery, Brisbane





2019 Pleasure, RMIT, Melbourne

2019 Shiver, Onespace Gallery, Brisbane


2019 London Textile Biennial, Towneley Hall, Burnley

2019 Brooching the Subject, Pine Rivers Regional Gallery, Strathpine

2019 LOVE, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah

2019 Flesh Cells: Reworked, Bib N Brace, Brisbane

2018 The Launch of The Arts Club, The Arts Club, Melbourne

2018 Sydney Contemporary, Gow Langsford, Sydney

2018 Spring 1883, Jan Murphy, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne

2018 JusticeINJustice, The Lock-Up, Newcastle

2018 Out Front by Art World Women, Here We See Gallery Three, Melbourne

2018 Stitch Fetish 6, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2017 Tucker'd Out! KickArts Gallery, Cairns

2017 Stockroom Highlights Part 1, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin

2016 Space Junk Alert, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane

2016 SSFA16, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

2015 The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of, Verge Gallery, Sydney

2015 SSFA15, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

2014 Decennalia, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2014 Tools of the Trade, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane

2014 SSFA14, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

2014 Stitch Fetish 2, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2013 Christmas Show, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2013 SSFA13, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

2013 Special Moves, MOP Gallery, Sydney

2013 Push + Pull, Gallery Artisan, Brisbane

2012 Christmas Show, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2012 SSFA12, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

2011 Christmas Show, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2011 LUST, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

2011 People and Places, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2011 Chapel, Wandering Room Dollhouse Gallery, Brisbane

2011 Erotica, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Christmas Show, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2010 HANDS ON: craft in contemporary art, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney

2009 Christmas Show, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2009 Brisbane Line, The Narrows Gallery, Melbourne

2009 New Order: Emergent Queensland Artists, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe

2009 Queensland Artists, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2008 Christmas Show, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2008 Shoot low! They are riding Shetlands, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane

2007 Christmas Show, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane

2007 ARC Biennial, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

2007 Severance, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane

2006 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Seattle, Washington, USA




QUT Art Museum

Art Bank





Xstitch Calendar, 'Month of June', 2020


'Orient', X Stitch Magazine, September, 2019

Nobel, Emma, 'Modern artists use explicit cross-stitch, ceramic boobs to express feminist issues', ABC News, 31 May 2019

Falkner, Noelle, 'Meet the Woman Making Seriously X-Rated Cross Stitch', Whimn.com.au, 22 October, 2018

Falkner, Noelle, 'Leah Emery', Elle Magazine, October, 2018, p54

'Heroes and Villains', X Stitch Magazine, September, 2018, p 25 - 27

Tetiyevsky, Charlie, 'Leah Emery Cross Stitches Confrontation over Sexual Expression', prohbt.com, 1 August, 2018

'The Green Edition', X Stitch Magazine, June, 2018, p 43 - 45

Langendorff, Julien, 'Crochet Porno', Society (France) , May, p14, 2017

Kelly, Miriam, 'Needlepoint of No Return...', Sturgeon Magazine, March, p53, 2017

Anne and Julien,'Leah Emery' Hey ! Modern Art and Pop Culture #25, France, March, 2016 p 128 - 131

Martin-Chew, Louise, 'Leah Emery', Art Guide, October, p48, 2015

Crum, Maddie, 'Leah Emery Makes Raunchy Scenes Look Dreamy and Personal' Huffington Post , September 3, 2015

Omeha, Jan, 'Artist Leah Emery Creates Masterpieces of Iconic Scenes from Vintage Adult Films', 9 September, 2015

'LEAH EMERY : LE CROCHET ACCROCHE-CŒUR' Union Magazine, France, July 10, 2015Anna Randal, 'Artist Discusses Sexual Health by Embroidering Hardcore Erotic Scenes'

Art Sheep, July, 2015

'Leah Emery Cross Stitches Hardcore Imagery', Juxtapoz Magzine, July 1, 2015

Tozer, Joel, 'Cross Stitch Porn: How one artist has turned embroidery into erotic art', SBS2's The Feed, broadcast date April 15, 2014

McBurnie, Jonathan, 'Explicit Materials: The Art of Leah Emery', Sneaky Magazine, Issue 8, May 19 2014, pp. 56 – 59.

McBurnie, Jonathan, 'Leah Emery: Twist and Shout', Sneaky Magazine, April 10, 2014

'Leah Emery: Twist and Shout', TimeOut, Sydney, April 5, 2014

Mulders, Jacinta, ‘Leah Emery: smut through the very beautiful means of traditional craftwork’, The Vine, April 19 2012

King, Darryn, “Leah Emery: Porn for Knitters’, TimeOut, Sydney, 13 March 2012

Nelson, Robert, ‘Upscale fair, scaled-down Range’, The Melbourne Age, 6 August, 2010, p.18

Cruthers, John. 'The Art of Collecting', Art World, October 2008, p.187

MX Newspaper, 29 October 2008, p. 2

Picture Magazine, Issue 89, Feb 2006, p.18




Symposium Panelist, Art and Law: Putting Justice into Action, The Lock-Up, Newcastle

Panelist, Sydney Contemporary, 2017

Art Forum Lecture, Art and Sex, Australian National University, March 2014

‘Let's Talk About Sex’, ARC Biennial Symposium Panel; chaired by Rex Butler, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, 2007

2010 - present
2010 - present