Graphic Designer & Artist CV

Emma Francesca Kelly b. 1980 New Zealand

Emma Francesca's practice tells stories that take many forms, from figurative painting, design, sculpting, animation to photography and picture book making. Her stories of altered perceptions, archetypal figures and fictitious creatures, hark back to the ancient traditions of classical fables. 

In order to pursue her love of art and design, Emma studied and graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2003 with a Bachelor of Graphic Design (majoring in Illustration) and in 2010 with a Master in Arts Management.

Emma Francesca has been a practicing designer, illustrator, arts manager and tutor in Tonga, New Zealand and Australia. She is based in Dunedin NZ, and is working as a freelance designer and illustrator.

Work Experience

  • 2002 - Present Freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator
  • 2011 - 2014 Communications and Design Coordinator, CAN WA (Community Arts Network WA), Perth, Australia
  • 2006 - 2010 Arts Manager, Idea Services Sandz Gallery . Studio (for artists with intellectual disabilities), Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2005 - 2006 Art Tutor, Idea Services Sandz Gallery . Studio, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2003 - 2005 Graphic Designer, Vava'u Press Ltd (publishing house), Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  • 2003 Graphic Designer and Gallery Assistant, Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


  • 2010 Master of Arts Management with Distinction, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2003 Bachelor of Graphic Design {Majoring in Illustration}, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand


Represented by: Gallery de Novo, Dunedin, New Zealand; The Coolstore Gallery, Mapua, New Zealand; Colours Collective, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • 2018 Wanaka Pop Up Exhibition, Wanaka, New Zealand
  • 2018 He Waka Kōtuia Art Fundraiser, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2018 St. K's Pop Up, St Kevins Arcade, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2018 The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, New York, USA
  • 2017 A Round Christmas, Gallery de Novo, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2017 Dunedin Street Art Fundraising Auction, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2017 Vacant Spaces curated by Colours Collective, Ponsonby Central, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2017 Emma Francesca & Georgina Hoby Scutt, The Coolstore Gallery, Mapua, New Zealand
  • 2017 Winter Group Show, Gallery de Novo, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2017 100 Days Project, Thievery Studios, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2016 A Round Christmas, Gallery de Novo, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2016 Spirit Animal, Matchbox Studios, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2015 Guest Artist, Guild Dunedin Designed Inc, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2015 Ten Day Boutique, Allbell Chambers, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2015 ...And Other Fables, Kiki Beware, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2014 Lee Harrop Open Studio, Studio 5, Kalgoorlie, Australia
  • 2013 Chimera, Boans Art Loft, Perth, Australia
  • 2012 The Print Case, Café Vinyl Window Gallery, Perth, Australia
  • 2010 Throwbacks, Combined Art Studio & Gallery, Raglan, New Zealand
  • 2009 Toast, Fringe Festival, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2009 150x150, The Framing Workshop, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2009 _ _ _ collective works, The Framing Workshop, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2008 Shelf, The Framing Workshop, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2008 Waiclay, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2006 Spoonful of Sugar, Sandz Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2006 Girl in the Other Room, ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2005 Palangi in Paradise, Platform 01 Contemporary Art Space, Hamilton, New Zealand


  • 2017 Designed and illustrated: Clarity, Simplicity, Success by Jacqui Alder
  • 2017 Designed and illustrated: 100 Days Project: 'The Story of Hybrid', Self-published
  • 2015 Designed and illustrated: Head Tales: Stories that Heal CAN
  • 2013 Illustrations featured in: Yarns of the Heart: Noongar dolls CAN
  • 2011 Illustrations featured in: Yarns of the Heart: Noongar dolls from the Southern Wheatbelt, CAN
  • 2003 Illustrations featured in: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Mimosa Publications
  • 2003 Designed and illustrated: Red + White (adaptation of Snow White), Self-published
  • 2002 Designed and illustrated: Sweet Dreams: Witches Pop-Up Book, Self-published


  • 2009 Arts Waikato Scholarship (Masters in Arts Management), New Zealand
  • 2002 Best Design Awards Finalist (The Designer Institute of New Zealand), New Zealand
  • 2002 Studio Art Supplies Award for Illustration, New Zealand