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Emily Steer is a London-based arts and culture journalist. She was online editor and then editor of biannual art magazine Elephant for eight years, and has written for Artnet, Artsy, AnOther, BBC Culture, British Journal of Photography, the Financial Times, Frieze, Grazia, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Time Out, Vice and Wallpaper. Her writing often explores the intersection of art and mental health.

She has interviewed industry leading artists including Marina Abramović, Tim Walker and Theaster Gates and appeared on BBC shows Front Row and The Art of Now. Emily has hosted panel discussions at institutions such as The Royal Academy, Whitechapel Gallery and The Arts Club, and regularly lectures on mythology and the zoomorphism of women in painting. In 2023, her essay on the role of sexual trauma, horror and the body in painting was released in artist Lydia Pettit’s monograph with Koenig Books. She is available to write exhibition and artist texts for galleries.

Emily is currently training to be a psychodynamic psychotherapist at The Tavistock and Portman Clinic in London and has experience working with clients around suicidal ideation and sexual trauma. Her studies will lead to membership of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

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