Gemma Nemer

  • Visual Artist | Textile | Installation | Education
  • Elsecar Heritage Centre

Currently Artist In Residence Wentworth & Elsecar. Exploring innovative ways of co-creating in communities connecting people and place.

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The art of salvage and recreation drives my practice. With basic tools a needle and thread, I create hand stitched Textile Art Works, Accessories and Installations. Exploring marking time and thought with every mark and stitch. The rhythmic, healing and mediative qualities of hand stitching and embroidery and the visible mark of the makers hand is intensely personal. Recording action and environments through repetition is a recurring theme in my Art Works.

I am fascinated and somewhat obsessed with fabric and pattern. Repetition and Difference. The narrative, historical quality in a swatch of fabric, ornament, stain, rip, tear or a single button can tell a thousand stories over.

I use my mass collections of hoarded heirlooms, some my own, most - kindly donated, to create immersive Installations and Art Works that evoke memory and nostalgic feelings. For some joyous feelings, for others intensely emotional. I am driven by moving and shifting participants states when they enter my Installations. Moving them also to create their own Art and tell their own stories through immersive creative workshops in my studios or in other venues.

My intent is to preserve traditions and make physical objects that are often lost, misplaced and fading away.
Since graduating I have invested all my time and energy into creating my work gaining both national and international recognition. I began generating work for display in themed textile Jewellery showcases and exhibitions providing me with extensive and diverse experience in producing work that is high quality.

I am also able to offer comprehensive experience as a Freelance Art Educator. I am available on a freelance basis for workshops, residencies, talks, editorial and demonstrations. I am able to work across the whole educational spectrum in schools, colleges and community centres with people of all ages and abilities.
My aim to enhance learning experience through immersive teaching methods.

The Button Tin project provides high quality community art engagement through textile art activities, educational research, installations, commissions and collaborations.

Delivering inspiring, empowering activities driven by promoting, exploring and improving Wellbeing. The Button Tin project works in partnership with Community Initiatives, Universities, Colleges, Schools, Galleries and Charities.

Spanning over a hugely diverse background of Cultures, Ages, Abilities, Faiths, LGBT, BME groups, Additional Needs Support, Learning Disabilities and Intergenerational projects.

All aiming to improve the quality if life of its participants and in result motivate creativity and to tackle challenging subject matter head on with the medium of Art and Craft, promoting discussion and social change.

If you are a school, college, university, gallery, community centre, group or other educational venue and you would be interested please contact me.


Artist In ResidenceInstallationArts | HeritageCreative ConsultationProject ManagmentTeachingArts | WellbeingOral HistoryYouth EnterpriseArts & HealthEducationSocially Engaged ArtsResearch AssociateCommunity ArtistWorkshopsPublic ArtCommissionsCommercialLocation | Set Design | Theatre & FilmAdditional NeedsIntergenerationalSpeakerArt DirectionEditorialTeacher Training


Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bradford 1 Gallery, Millenium Galleries, Cupola Contemprary Art, Leeds Craft & Design Gallery, Harley Gallery, Saltbox gallery, Castleford Sagar St Gallery, Barnsley Museums, Wakefield Museum, Museums Sheffield, Western Park Museum, Sheffield University, Falmouth University, Bradford University, Rotherham College, Chol Theatre Company, Open Minds Theatre Company, Grimm and Co, Creative Scene, REMA - Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance, Holme Valley Sharing Memories, RMBC Community Arts, Craftivist Collective London, Mollie Makes Magazine, Handmade Living Magazine, Simply Sew Magazine, Simple Things Magazine, Around Town Magazine, Yorkshire Life Magazine, Pretty Nostalgic Magazine, Folksy, Peoples Express Leicester, Creative Recovery, Hear My Voice Festival, Discover Vintage/Festival Of Vintage, R&A Collaborations, Wentworth Woodhouse, Barnsley University, Lady Mabel Old Students Association, Art Works South Yorkshire, Barnsley Cultural Education Partnership, 64 Million Artists, Nayi Zindigi, T.A.D.S - Wellbeing Centre, Active Citizens - British Council, Y.M.C.A, HIVE-Young Writers, Barnsley LGBTQ Youth Forum


Community History Prize, Women’s History Network

Acknowledged and commended for outstanding quality of community engagement and research at this Septembers conference.

Blog Feature, Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance

Commended for innovative engagement.

Meet the Maker Feature, Around Town Barnsley & Rotherham

A three page magazine feature discussing my art practice and current community project 20,000 copies are distributed per month.

Speaker – FUSION Teach Meet, Barnsley Cultural Educational Partnership

Innovative Ways of Enhancing Learning Experience

Rotherham Ambassador Award, Rotherham Together Partnership

Recognised for exceptional quality of work and delivery.

Guest Speaker International Women’s Day, REMA | GROW | RMBC

Be Bold For Change

Community Angel Award, REMA/RMBC 2016

Outstanding Community Contribution.

Film Making – Gifted, R & A Collaborations

The film was seen internationally with over 30,000 hits.


Artist In Residence The Way Station Installation

Elsecar Heritage Centre Wentworth & Elsecar

Immersive Studio Installation housed in The Earl Fitzwilliams Magnificent Private Railway Station built. Built in 1870 it’s said to have the Royal Standard.

The Button Tin Installation

Central Kiosk Imperial Buildings Rotherham

Time Based Residency | Installation

Strange Solo

Red Gallery London

Jewellery Showcases Solo | Group | Commissions

Millenium Galleries Sheffield

On going collaberations creating Inspired by ranges, showcases and themed exhibitions.

Inspired By Range Solo

The Graves Gallery Sheffield

Jewellery Showcase | New Makers Solo

The Harley Gallery Welbeck Nottingham

Also created various wedding commissions and themed shows.

Innovative Makers at the Forefront of Contemporary Design Solo Jewellery Showcase

Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton Leeds

Constructed Textile Jewellery Workshops

Showcase | Garden Shed Solo

The Saltbox Gallery Helmsley York

Introducing New Makers Group

Cupola Contemporary Art Sheffield

New Makers Showcase Group Show

Leeds Craft and Design Gallery Leeds

New Makers Group

Clare White Gallery Barnsley