Emily Hayes

Artist Statement

Emily uses art as a medium to tell stories; representing the world around her and the groups she works with. Emily's work is mainly working with community groups in the North West, where she facilitates projects for exhibiting to the wider public. She believes in the transformative potential that art can have in changing people's often misinformed views of minority groups within our society. The work uses embroidery, drawing or crafts, to create beautiful tactile images that are meaningful to the maker whilst resonating with the viewer.


After graduating from Embroidery in 2008 at Manchester School of Art, Emily then gained experience of working in the world of social enterprises, specialising in art. Emily then studied for her PGDE in 2010, in Life Long Learning, which led her to teach art at Back on Track; an education centre for adults who are affected by homelessness, ex-offenders or are struggling with substance misuse.

In collaboration with Becky Waite, Emily began Connecting Threads in 2012, which was Arts Council funded to create a body of work with people affected by homelessness in Manchester. In 2013 Emily worked with Anna White to start Pod Collective, which was Arts Council funded for 2013 and 2014 to create work with refugees and asylum seekers in Manchester, to celebrate Refugee Week. Her current work is Matchbox City, looking at raising awareness of homelessness through creating matchstick people and populating them around the North West.

Emily's next project will be exploring the way people learn, looking at alternative ways to think and teach, investigating her own approaches compared to mainstream education.

For More information go to
Pod Collective
Connection Threads