Emily Speed

Artist / Art and Design Award Presenter 

Emily Speed is an artist based in the North West who, most recently, exhibited her film ‘Flatland’ (produced at the University’s Digital Media Performance Lab) at Tate Liverpool. Known for her work examining the relationship between the body and architecture, Emily’s practice considers how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and the power dynamics at play within built space. Working in sculpture, drawing, performance and film, Emily regularly collaborates with choreographers, performers, and designers.   

Over the last few ​years, she has had a solo presentation at Tate St Ives, TRUCK, Calgary and has presented a major new commission at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas. Recent exhibitions include Phoenix Exeter, Plymouth Art Centre, Oredaria Gallery, Rome; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, USA; Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2014, Speed was resident at the British School at Rome as the Derek Hill Foundation Scholar in drawing.   

A keen advocate for artists’ rights and fair pay, Emily spent 10 years on Artists Council, an advisory panel for a-n where she was involved in the ‘Paying Artists’ campaign, and also spent six years on a-n’s board of Directors.

Emily Speed’s photography credit: Gareth Jones ©

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