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Dr Emily Richardson

Lecturer in Digital Film Production

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Dr Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson is a UK based filmmaker who creates film portraits of particular places. Her work focuses on sites in transition and covers an extraordinarily diverse range of landscapes including empty East London streets, forests, North Sea oil fields, post-war tower blocks, empty cinemas and Cold War military facilities. She is currently doing a practice-led PhD on modern architectural space in artists’ film and video at the Royal College of Art in London.

Richardson’s films have been shown in galleries, museums and festivals internationally including Tintype gallery, London; Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London, Pompidou Centre, Paris, Barbican Cinema, London; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Tulca 2012, Ireland; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Firstsite, Colchester; Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; Botkyrka Konsthall Sweden; The Wapping Project, London; Artprojx Cinema at the Armory Show, New York; FACT Liverpool; Danielle Arnaud, London; Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Uppsala Museum, Sweden and Venice, Edinburgh, BFI London, Rotterdam and New York Film Festivals.

She was awarded the Gilles Dusein Prize, Paris 2009 in recognition of her films. Her work is distributed by Lux, London and Light Cone, Paris.


2013 - present Royal College of Art, London. PhD candidate
1994 - 96 San Francisco Art Institute, CA. MFA Filmmaking
1990 - 93 Middlesex University, London. BA (Hons) Fine Art.
1992 Cooper Union School of Art, New York. Exchange program.


Winner Prix Gilles Dusein, Paris 2009
Nominated for Jarman Award, London 2009
Nominated for Becks Futures, London 2006


FACT, Liverpool. Artist in residence. Summer 2010
Stour Valley Arts, Kent. Artist in residence. 2003–2004

Selected Exhibitions / Screenings


FICXLAB at Gijon International Film Festival, Spain

In Place of Architecture, Exhibition and Symposium, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham 2 Willow Rd, London

Neuflize OBC Video Night, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Town and Country: 5 English Panoramas, Oslo Cinemateket, Oslo

Screening and conversation with Chris Watson, Northern Film and Media, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Scene One: Off-Stage, Off- Screen, Flat Time House offsite at Peckham Plex, London

Articulating the Modern, Royal College of Art, London


Essex Rd, Eight commissioned films, Tintype, London

Capital: Framing London, Now Cinema, London

View, Generator Projects, Dundee

Experimenta, BFI London Film Festival, London

Modernism Now! conference, UCL, London

American Sublime, Le Bal, Paris

Scratch Projection, Lightcone, Paris

The Improbable Made Possible: Farewell From a Dying Star, Anthology Archives, New York

Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008-2013, Tate Britain, London

Night Has Many Eyes, Cinema du Reel, Pompidou Centre, Paris

Petrolia at The Museum of Gotland, Sweden


Urban Wandering – Film and the London Landscape, Barbican Cinema

Difference Screen tour 2013 – 2015 including Whitechapel Gallery, London (Cobra Mist)

Duke’s Wood Fossil Culture at Nottingham Contemporary (Petrolia)

Dalston House Screenings: London Artist’s Films (Block)

London Seizure, Bermondsey Project and Arbeit (Block, Memo Mori)

SNAP Art at the Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh Lookout Tower (Rising 5th)

Hackney Picturehouse, Bodies without Organs (Block)

BFI, London, Environmental Agency: A Landscape Film Programme (Aspect)

Black Maria, CSM, London, Material Light (Nocturne)

CAST (Contemporary Art Space), Tasmania, 971 Zebras and 4 Horses (Cobra Mist)

Experimental Film Club, Irish Film Institute, Ruins and Entropy Part 2

Lux online exhibition, Place (Over the Horizon)

Furtherfield Gallery, London (One Minute Vol 6)

Docucity Documentary Film Festival, Milan (Memo Mori)


Tate Modern, London, 971 Zebras and 4 Horses (Cobra Mist)

Tulca Festival of Visual Art, Ireland (Over the Horizon)

Wimbledon Space, London 971 Zebras and 4 Horses (Cobra Mist)

Chisenhale Gallery, London. Screening by Benedict Drew (Memo Mori)

Sugarhouse Studios, London. Hoopla (Memo Mori)

RCA at Hackney Picturehouse, London (Memo Mori, The Futurist)

Firstsite, Colchester, Playing with Space (Block)

SNAP, Art at the Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk (Over the Horizon, Rex)

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (Aspect)

Botkyrka Konsthall, Sweden. The Machine and Human Movement (Redshift)


The Wapping Project, London. Undiscovered Landscapes (Memo Mori, Petrolia)

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank. Futurology, Iain Sinclair, screening Memo Mori, readings Ghost Milk

The Golden Machine, A barge tour of the Olympic Park with Iain Sinclair and film, Memo Mori by Emily Richardson

Floating Cinema: Hereabouts; Now and Then, Old Ford Locks, Dace Rd, Hackney Wick. E3 2NN (Memo Mori)

The Transit Cinema, Hackney Wick and Fish Island (Memo Mori)

Parc de la Villette, Paris (Nocturne)

HMVCurzon, Wimbledon. Moving Image South: Emily Richardson (selection of films)

Artprojx Cinema at The Armory Show / VoltaNY, New York (Petrolia)

Die Nacht, La Nuit 107, Arte TV, France (selection of films)

FACT, Liverpool (The Cinema Series)

Gothenburg International Film Festival, Sweden (Nocturne)


The Echo of Light, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, France (Aspect)

La Caixa, Barcelona (Memo Mori, Cobra Mist)

Lands End, Shedhalle, Zurich (Petrolia)

The Lightbox Gallery, Woking (Cobra Mist)

London Film Festival. (The Futurist)

Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti selection (The Futurist)

Peninsula Arts, Plymouth (selection of films)

New British Film Festival, Moscow (The Futurist) Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Redshift)

The Magic Lantern, Glasgow (Memo Mori)

Impressions Gallery, Bradford (Memo Mori , Aspect)

Market Gallery, Glasgow (Nocturne)

ArchNoise, Christ Church, Spitalfields, London (Block)

Cinema du Reel, Pompidou Centre, Paris (Memo Mori)

La Casa Encendida, Madrid (Cobra Mist)

Jerwood Space, London (Aspect, Cobra Mist)

An English Journey, Re-imagined, Snape Maltings, Suffolk (Cobra Mist)


Animation Breakdown, Tate Modern (Nocturne, Cobra Mist)

Hackney, That Red Rose Empire. Danielle Arnaud, London (Memo Mori)

Britspotting, Berlin (Cobra Mist)

DocumentART, Germany/ Poland (Cobra Mist)

Electric Cinema, Hastings (Cobra Mist)

InVideo, Milan (Cobra Mist)

Experimental Film and Video Festival, Seoul (Cobra Mist)

Melbourne International Film Festival (Cobra Mist)

Axonobuild, Site Gallery, Sheffield (Block)

Hackney, That Red Rose Empire, British Library, London (Memo mori)

DocumentART, Germany (Cobra Mist)

Mad Cat Film Festival, San Francisco (Cobra Mist)

Melbourne International Film Festival (Cobra Mist)

East End Film Festival, Rio Cinema, London (Block, Transit, Memo mori)

Coutisane Festival, Gent (Cobra Mist)

Evolution, Leeds (Cobra Mist)

Ann Arbour Film Festival, USA (Cobra Mist)

Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands (Cobra Mist)

Clermont Ferrand Festival, France (Cobra Mist)


Figuring Landscapes, touring exhibition curated by Catherine Elwes and Steven Ball. (Petrolia)

Tate Modern, London Animate Projects (Cobra Mist)

Curzon Soho, London. Vertigo launch curated by Gareth Evans (Cobra Mist)

Café Oto, London. DVD launch with live performances by Chris Watson and Benedict Drew (Cobra Mist)

Encounters, Bristol (Cobra Mist)

FACT, Liverpool. Animate Projects (Cobra Mist)

Aurora Festival, Norwich (Cobra Mist)

Silo, Institut National d’Histoire de l’art, Paris (Aspect)

La Casa Encendida, Madrid (Block)

Edinburgh Filmhouse. (Aspect)

Arnolfini, Bristol. Night, A Time Between (Nocturne)

NGBK, Berlin. Nature on Film, curated by Maxa Zoller (Redshift)

Unit 5, Aurora, Norwich. (Cobra Mist)


Landschaft, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart. (Aspect)

Constructions of Nature, Uppsala Museum, Sweden. (Redshift)

Our Space, OVADA, Oxford. (Redshift, Nocturne, Aspect, Block, Petrolia)

‘Theatrum Mundi: performance architecture’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. (Petrolia)

NFT, BFI, London. The Nature of Our Looking, curated by Mark Webber (Redshift)

Curzon Soho, London. Night Haunts, Sukhdev Sandhu (Nocturne)

Renoir, London. Ah, Butterfly, curated by Gareth Evans with Iain Sinclair (Transit)

Disappearing London, The Butterfly House, London (Nocturne)

Transit, West Smithfield, London, curated by Measure. (Transit)

Screenland, Whitstable Museum, Kent. (Petrolia)

New York Film Festival (Block)

Cine Lumiere, London Interval, curated by Steven Eastwood (Block)

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Block)


REAP, Cafe Gallery Projects, London. curated by Anne Bean. (Block)

Les Merveilles du Monde, Dunkerque Museum of Fine Arts, curated by Peter Fillingham

6000 miles, The Lighthouse Museum, Glasgow. (Petrolia)

London Film Festival Tour, Experimenta. UK tour including ICA, London, FACT, Liverpool

Arnolfini, Bristol, Side Cinema, Newcastle and Edinburgh Filmhouse. (Aspect)

Sonar, Experimental music and film, Barcelona, Spain (Aspect)

European Media Art Featival, Osnabruck, Germany (Aspect)

Ann Arbour Film Festival, USA. (honourable mention) (Aspect)


Time Frames book launch, screening of Aspect , Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.

View Points, Film Museum, Vienna, curated by Andrea Pollach. (Aspect)

Open-air screening in Kings Wood, Stour Valley Arts, Kent. (Aspect)

London Film Festival, National Film Theatre, London (Aspect)

New York Film Festival, Walter Reade Theatre, New York (Aspect)

A Century of Artists Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London, curated by David Curtis. (Redshift)

Sprite Musketeer mobile gallery, Manchester. (Nocturne, Redshift)


Moving Image Review & Art Journal, Volume 3 Number 1. 2015

C20 Society magazine, Issue 1. 2015

Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy. 2012

Mutual Dependencies, Edited by Katherine Meynell, 2012

The City and the Moving Image, Urban Projections, Edited by Richard Koeck and Les Roberts

Towards (East) London 2012: Emily Richardson’s Transit (2006) and Memo Mori (2009), and the work of Iain Sinclair by Paul Newland. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Figuring Landscapes, Devised by Catherine Elwes and Steven Ball. 2009

The Cultural Construction of London’s East End, Paul Newland, 2008

6000 Miles, Lighthouse Museum, Glasgow, 2005 Exhibition catalogue

Kings Wood, A Context, Stour Valley Arts 2005

Time Frames, Emily Richardson. Stour Valley Arts, 2004

Observer, Sunday 5 Apr 2009. Cold War Kid

Time Out Feb 24 – Mar 4 2009, Emily Richardson Films, DVD review

Grafik, May 2009

Vertigo, Vol.4 No1 Autumn/Winter 2008

Dazed and Confused, Sept 2008