Emily Richardson is a filmmaker and researcher examining the trace of human presence on particular landscapes and environments on the cusp of change.

Richardson’s films document sites of power and corporate interest at particular moments in time uncovering layers of narrative embedded in these contested landscapes, whether East London prior to the Olympics, abandoned military architecture of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment of Orford Ness, the oil industry on the Scottish coastline, the contentious expansion of Sizewell nuclear power station, or the exploitation of the Far North.

Richardson’s work sits within a lineage of filmmakers addressing ideas about our relationship to and impact on natural and constructed landscapes and environments through a reflexive observational approach to making work using a cross-disciplinary methodology that includes walking, photography, filmmaking, sound recording, historical and archive research, interviews, books and podcasts.

Richardson has also made several films in collaboration with clothes designer Margaret Howell, the first marking fifty years of her design practice. MH50 – 50 Years of Design which was shown in the UK, Europe and Japan during 2020/21 and was followed by Affinities, The Making of Shirt and most recently A Working Space, 34 Wigmore St.

She is a Film and Fine Art lecturer with a passion for experimental film and artists’ moving image. She curates a monthly artists' film night, Art Station Film at The Art Station, a community focused arts organisation housed in a 1950s post office building in Saxmundham, Suffolk. The monthly film screening event shows a diverse range of artists’ film and documentary both historic and contemporary. The programme has developed over the past two years from showing early avant garde cinema to contemporary artist’s moving image work, occasionally inviting guest filmmakers.

Richardson's films have been shown in galleries, museums and festivals internationally including Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London, Pompidou Centre, Paris, Barbican Cinema, London; Anthology Film Archives, New York and Venice, Edinburgh, BFI London, Rotterdam and New York Film Festivals.

Her work is distributed by Lux, London, Lightcone, Paris, Video Data Bank, Chicago and Canyon Cinema, San Francisco.




Selected Exhibitions, Screenings & Publications

Screenings & Exhibtions


Open City Documentary Festival, London

Alternative Arts, Women's History Month, ACME studios, London

Les Amis du Cinema du Reel, Paris

Signes del Notte Film festival, Italy ( Awarded Film Night Award for Immaterial Terrain)

London Short Film Festival, Journey to the Earth: Documentary Programme, Curzon Soho, London

Just Coping 25, VFD Gallery, London



Eco cinema Conference, Marseilles

Slow Film Festival, London

Le Troisieme Souffle, Strasbourg

EVEN Sian Croose, Jem Finer and Emily Richardson, The Undercroft, Norwich

Immaterial Terrain, Britten Pears Arts, Suffolk




A House is a Work of Art, Architecture as seen by artists, Videodrome 2 In partnership with the Cinémathèque du Documentaire and ENSA, Marseille

Festival of New, Britten Pears Arts, Suffolk

Jerusalem Film Festival 2022

Making the House Work: Stories of the Domestic Interior associated with Radical Rooms: Power of the Plan, RIBA, London

40 Years of Lightcone,  Paris

Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival, New Zealand

Experimental Film East Anglia, Norwich

The Lumiere Collective, Quebec



MKIF, Arboreal for Orchestra for the Earth performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto, Milton Keynes International Festival

Affinities, for Margaret Howell, Daikanyama, Tokyo and ROHM Theatre, Kyoto

Art Station Film. A monthly programme of artists’ film and moving image, The Art Station, Suffolk

HERE, The Art Station, Suffolk

The Waiting Place, Online exhibition crated by Anne Marie James

Out of Place, Rethinking Camera Landscape Relationships, Blickle Kino, Vienna



Of & By: Emily Richardson, Assembly Online

House Works, Whitechapel Gallery Film Programme, London

MH50 – 50 Years of Design, Margaret Howell, Wigmore St, London



Murmuration 2019, Glenshee, Scotland with Chris Watson and Jez Riley-French

Another Land, Kingston Museum, London

Rotterdam International Film Festival

Artisterium, Tiblisi, Georgia

The Annotated Reader, Cork St, London and Fruitmarket, Edinburgh

Winnipeg Architecture and Design Festival, Canada



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

Oral History Journal, Spring 20224

Tangible Territory Journal, 2023

Landscape and the Moving Image, Catherine Elwes, 2022

40 years of Lightcone, 2022

Ideas of Disorder, 3 Church Walk by Cadbury-Brown, Jonathan P Watts and Emily Richardson, Occasional Papers, 2017

Dandelion 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

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