Elaine Shemilt is an academic, researcher, practicing artist and was the Chair of Fine Art Printmaking at DJCAD, University of Dundee (2001-2021). Elaine is especially known as a printmaker and was a pioneer of early feminist video and multi-media installation Shemilt continues to address the impact of war, conflict, censorship and constraint on psychologies and environments in her work. She is P.I. on the AHRC-funded research projects: EWVA, investigating early video art by European women artists; and Demarco | the Italian Connection. She is the Director of the Centre for Remote Environments – a research and consultancy unit for environmental projects, mainly concerned with the Island Of South Georgia for which she was made a Shackleton Scholar in 2001.
Her artistic practice involves sculpture, installation, printmaking video and digital media. She has experimented with a combination of materials and media and earned an international reputation for innovation in the use of printmaking across art forms and her collaborative work with scientists. Shemilt is a graduate of Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited internationally including the Hayward Gallery, Imperial War Museum, ICA London, Edinburgh International Festival, MACRO Roma, Bibliotheque Nationale de France and at Casa Goldoni Museum, Venice. Since 2018 her work has been acquired and is touring within the exhibition Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection.