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.


2013-18 Royal College of Art, London. PhD Visual Communication

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

Selected Exhibitions / Screenings


  • Focal Point Gallery, Big Screen Southend, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
  • Fields of Communication: Nature, Culture, Technology. Research symposium, Royal College of Art
  • Cinema Parenthèse, Brussels
  • Open City Docs, London. Film in Place in partnership with UCL UrbanLab
  • National Portrait Gallery, London. Three States of Cinema: Still Life, Landscape and Portrait screening curated by Mark Toscano in conjunction with Lux to accompany Tacita Dean exhibition
  • Video Days, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
  • ICA, London. Screening with No News Today: Ayo Akingbade
  • Landscape and Light, Letheringham Lodge, Suffolk
  • Tate St Ives. Winter Festival film screening


  • A Green and Pleasant Land, British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970’s to Now, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
  • Scratch Projection, Light Cone, Paris
  • PERIPHERY, EDGE/Open City Docs, UCL, London
  • Open House at Beach House, screening of Beach House with exhibition by Margaret Howell and in conversation with Tony Chambers, editor of Wallpaper magazine
  • Uncanny Loop, Glasgow Film Theatre
  • Offshore, Artists Explore the Sea, Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum, Hull
  • Ecology of Place, Melbourne, Australia
  • RoomArtSpace, London
  • London Architecture Film Festival
  • Videostrolls, Alchemy Film Festival, Hawick, Scotland
  • Ideas of Disorder, 3 Church Walk, screening and book launch, Lux, London and Aldeburgh Lookout, Suffolk


  • Co-Op Dialogues 1966-2016, Chris Welsby and Emily Richardson, Tate Britain, London
  • Communicating the Intangible, Royal College of Art, London
  • Petrocultures 2016, Offshore II, The Rooms Art Gallery, Archives and Museum, Newfoundland
  • Oblique, International Video Art and Experimental Cinema Exhibition, Lisbon
  • Fade Away and Radiate, Saison Video, France
  • Contact, Festival of New Experimental Film and Video, London
  • Tableaux, Assembly Point, Peckham, London
  • Screenscapes, Royal College of Art, London


  • 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)

Publications / articles

  • Ideas of Disorder, 3 Church Walk by Cadbury-Brown, Jonathan P Watts and Emily Richardson, Occasional Papers, 2017Dandelion Journal, Vol 7, No 1 (2016): Nostalgia

  • Accidental Archive, Issue **, March 2017
  • 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


  • Nominated for Jarman Award, 2017
  • Nominated for Jarman Award, 2012
  • 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