Rory Emmett



2011 – 2014

BAFA – Bachelor of Fine Art (UCT)


PGCE – Post Graduate Certificate in Education (CPUT)

Awards & Achievements


Finalist, Emerging Painting Invitational (EPI), Harare (First Floor Gallery)


Top 5 Finalist, ARPArt Video Competition, Cape Town/Italy.


Finalist & Merit Award Winner, Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2015 (Association of Arts Pretoria)


Top 100 Finalist, Sanlam Portrait Award 2015 (Rust-en Vrede Gallery & Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town)


Judy Steinberg Prize for painting (Michaelis/UCT)


Director and Staff Award (Michaelis/UCT)


Hoosein Mahomed Award (UCT)

Selected Solo Projects

Nov 2019 – Jan 2020

Things Which Are Not As Though They Were, Gallery at Glen Carlou, Paarl/Cape Town

May – July 2019

Reprise, (Solo show), SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch.

Apr – June 2019

Building Ground: Grey Areas, (Solo show), 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town.

Aug – Sep 2017

Concerning Alchemy, (Solo show), AVA Gallery, Cape Town.

Sep 2016

Survey: Selected Works, (Solo project/Open studio), Rheede str, Cape Town.

Dec 2014

Colourman, (Graduate Exhibition), Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Feb 2020

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, CTICC, Cape Town

July 2019

Emerging Painting Invitational (EPI) exhibition, First Floor Gallery, Harare.

Mar – Jun 2019

Present Passing: South by South East, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong.

Mar – April 2019

Surfaces, Kelvin Corner, Woodstock, Cape Town.

Feb 2019

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, CTICC, Cape Town.

Nov 2018 – Feb 2019

The Main Complaint, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.

Dec 2018 – Jan 2019

KWAAI, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town.

Aug 2018

The Devil Loves When We Loathe Ourselves, 99 Loop, Cape Town.

Feb – Mar 2018

CAPE TO TEHRAN, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town.

Feb 2018

HERE AND NOW, Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town.

Nov 2017

Throughlines: Greatmore Studios Showcase 2017, Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town.

May – June 2017

Dress Code, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town.

Mar – Apr 2017

A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town.

Jan – Feb 2017

COLOUR CHART, Ebony Curated, Cape Town.

Oct 2016

Sitditaf – Switch it Off, Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom.

Apr – Jun 2016

OTHERWISE, Sosesame Gallery, Melville, Johannesburg.

Apr 2016

New Monuments, Commune.1 Gallery, Wale Str, Cape Town.

Mar 2016

Barclay’s L’Atelier Western Cape Regional Finalists Exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town.

Feb – Mar 2016

THAT Art Fair, The Palms Décor & Lifestyle Centre, Woodstock, Cape Town.

Dec-Jan 2015-2016

But He Doesn’t Have Anything On!, Commune.1 Gallery, Wale Str, Cape Town.

Nov-Jan 2015-2016

NEW VOICES IV: Spatial relations, Lizmore & Associates Gallery, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

Sep – Oct 2015

Sasol New Signatures 2015 Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.

Sep 2015

ArtMeets Camera: The Mechanisms of Memory. Fringe Art Fair, Arts on Main, Johannesburg.

Aug – Oct 2015

Form & Substance. Erdmann Contemporary, Kloof Street Gardens, Cape Town.

Aug – Sep 2015

Portrait 100 (Sanlam Portrait Award Finals). Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenberg, Cape Town.

Jul 2015

EMERGING PAINTERS: The Graduate Show, Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg.

Jun 2015

(In) The Nature of Things, Hermanus FynArts, Old Synagogue Building, Hermanus.

May 2015

Revisiting The Latent Archive Through Sites, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.

Apr, 2015

Claims to Land, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.

Jan – Feb 2015

Movie Snaps: Cape Town Remembers Differently, District Six Home coming Centre, Cape Town.

Jan 2015

GREATEST HITS 2014: The Domestic Odyssey, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.

Artist Residencies

Mar 2017 – Mar 2020

Artist in Residence, Greatmore Studios Trust, Cape Town.

Jun – Jul 2015

The AVA/Strauss & Co Open Printmaking Studio Residency, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.


  • University of Cape Town (Centre for Curating the Archive)
  • Spier Arts Collection
  • Pick n’ Pay Corporate Collection

Reviews & Articles


Mia Darling and Rory Emmett New Shows At 99 Loop Gallery by Between 10 and 5


Emboldened Conversations: ‘KWAAI’ at Eclectica Contemporary by Misha Krynauw


Blue Collar Banter: Rory Emmett and Ronald Muchatuta at the AVA Gallery by Scott Eric Williams


The South African Artist Rory Emmett and His Colourman Chronicles Inspiring Work By Paul Burggraf


HALF ART: New voices needed to take national debate beyond comfort zones by Chris Thurman


ES CAPE TOWN | Michaelis 2014 Graduate Exhibition by Lambi Chibambo and Masechaba Moloi

Other Work & Experience

2015 – Present

Part- time painting and drawing lecturer, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (UCT), Gardens, Cape Town.

Jun 2016 – Dec 2018

Full time Visual Arts Educator, Cedar High School of the Arts, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.