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In Conversation With Emma Hurson (Babyface).

With a background in Sociology and Social Policy from Trinity College, Emma Hursons journey into art might seem unexpected, but it’s fueled by a deep-rooted passion for social justice and self-expression. Their transition into the world of art has been marked by a commitment to using their platform for positive change.

Emma got their pseudonym ‘babyface’ during Covid when they began painting
t-shirts in aid of MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland). The art on each shirt was in fact the face of a babydoll, an exploration of Emma’s frustrations in terms of gender expression and sexual expectations.

In November 2023, they curated the Friends of Babyface marketplace—an eclectic gathering of artists and creators united by a shared passion for community and collaboration. Held in the Grand Social, the event raised €650 for MASI.

However, it was their latest venture—the babyface dragrace—that truly captured the imagination of Dublin’s queer community. Inspired by their experiences at Dublin’s queer club nights and one specific HoneyPot Halloween party, they found a new love for drag culture, and set out to do what Emma does best. Create a necessary space. The event, held on March 23, 2024, at McGowans in Phibsborough, was a clear celebration of authenticity.Through voluntary contributions on the night, the event raised €1000 for Gaza and the Palestine Red Crescent Society.

Emma’s journey is not just about creating art; it’s about building connections and fostering meaningful change. Surrounded by a supportive network of friends and family, they continue to push the boundaries of creativity and inspire others to do the same.

As they delve deeper into their artistic endeavours, one thing is clear: their passion for art and social justice knows no bounds. And as they look towards the future, their followers eagerly await the next chapter in their remarkable journey.

For those eager to follow Emma’s journey and support their work, you can find them on Instagram at @awbabyface.

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