Emma Underhill
Founding Director

Emma Underhill, Founder of UP Projects, has over fifteen years’ experience in curating and leading large scale, ambitious projects, often delivered through complex partnership working.

Emma has curated and commissioned high-profile artistic commissions, including;permanent artwork, Globe Head Ballerina’ by Yinka Shonibare MBE for the façade of the Royal Opera House (2012) ; ‘Laid to Rest’ by Serena Korda with the Wellcome Collection Trust (2011) ; and a permanent artwork and landscape environment by Sans Facon for a new development in Finsbury Park (2012).

Emma has won and led many multifaceted consultancy projects, including writing cultural strategies for organisations and locations including The Royal Parks, London; Artlands, Kent & Medway; Southwark Council; Berkeley Homes, Nine Elms, London; Knight Dragon, Greenwich Peninsula in Vauxhall.

In 2008, Emma delivered the multi-stakeholder project Portavilion, commissioning temporary pavilion structures for varied public spaces across London. Participating international artists included Annika Eriksson, Dan Graham, Toby Paterson, Monika Sosnowska, and architects including Raumblaborberlin and Studio Weave. To deliver the project, Emma worked in partnership with local authorities, the Greater London Authority, The Olympic Development Authority and the Arts Council England. This series culminated in the creation of The Floating Cinema, an artist-led programme and cultural event space that has navigated the waterways across the country since 2011. Since it launched, The Floating Cinema has been enjoyed by over 30,000 people in locations across the UK.