Space of Being 2019 [section of installation] Glass, Canvas, Pigment, Wood

Space of Being 2019 [section of installation] Glass, Canvas, Pigment, Wood

2018 - 1999

Ema founded Platform 1 Gallery in 2005, the space was co-founded as a community art studio in 1998 with a group of local art students from Elliott School in Putney.

An exciting programme in 2018 marked a 20 year anniversary of Platform 1 Gallery,  collaborations with Susan Merrick, Desparate Artwives (DAW), Intoon Dance and dialogues with the Museum of the Mind and Nightingale House. The collaboration with Intoon dance from WAF2018 ‘Please select City’ is currently a guest at Schenzen Fringe in China Nov’18.

Ema Mano Epps graduated as an Art Director from Central St Martins, majoring in photography in 2001. Her eye for detail won her a collaboration with Tate Modern, 2006-2009. 'Unofficial deposited records', a celebration project of the Borough area. Ema's photographic wrap was installed around the now, new Tate Modern wing.  Her photography was also featured by Kodak with CSM world tour in 2001.

In respect of the appointment of the first woman director at Tate Modern, Ema collaborated in a live group Take Over, held at the front of the Gallery, endorsed by the Guerilla Girls, August 2017. Ema took part in the Colour Walk held at the V&A honouring Freda Kahlo’s courage and impact in culture and the arts, June 24th 2018. Ema participates and supports annual performances at the Cave in Pimlico and with DAW at Leyden Gallery E1 .

The artist’s interview was featured in the 'Old New' installation at the Design Museum opening exhibition, a piece by 'Special Projects' - Shoreditch in November 2016. In 2017 Ema was interviewed by Humans of London, founder Cathy Teesdale. 

Ema’s Platform1Gallery has hosted artist Norman Mine of Goldsmiths and Zurich based performer Verica Kovachevska, Katy Howe, Teresa Albour of Kings College and Dagmara Billon of Himherandit Productions. 

Ema's was a partnership in an innovative robotic technology start up RoboFold, which merged Avant Garde Architecture, Art and Design with folding. She co-organised Shape to Fabrication in 2014 celebrating the makers and Ideas behind London Olympics and in 2012 assisted in managing, design and build of the Zaha Hadid Architects collaboration for Venice biennale's centre-piece 'Arum'. 

From October 2019 works can be viewed at City&Guilds or  Platform1Gallery.


Ema was shortlisted for the FiliA2018 Art award as an emerging female artist of the year and her work was exhibited in London, Manchester and Brasil. In her multidisciplinary art practice Ema is developing a new body of work on the MA programme at City and Guilds of London Art School, exhibiting on 10th of September in 2019. Ema’s focus is on materiality and philosophy of - being, exploring the relationship between the subconscious and the physical through a play of balance, control and lack of, the collaboration between human and matter - their dialogue in space.

Other works explore existence and consciousness through dynamics of movement, gestural marks, colour and texture [expanding on ‘The eyes of the skin” by Juhani Pallasmaa]. Intrigued by neuroscience on the brain chemicals (D.O.S.E.) - dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, endorphin, Ema explores the reality of perception through experience.

Ema's demonstrates the importance of intuition in line with Jungian synchronicity theory and wabi-sabi values. Her collaborations embrace social experiments and performance projects offering new experiences for both the audience and the artist, act of stimuli for D.O.S.E.