My interests lies in the relationship between people and buildings and my work explores the body and its relationship to architecture. The idea of shelter and the inhabitant is at the core of much of my work; how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space.


Selected Exhibitions and Commissions

September 2021 - June 2022 Flatland, Tate Liverpool
May - June 2021 Kinross at 40, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
January - September 2020 Rooms Designed for a Woman, Tate St Ives
January 2020 Cocoon, a commmission for Great Ormond Street Hospital, realised with Plaey
May - November 2018 Rooms Designed for a Woman, a site-specific work 'Innards' - a functional fountain - for this group show curated by Day and Gluckman, Knole House, Kent
September 2018 – January 2019 The Precious Clay, Porcelein in contemporary art, commissioned by Meadow Arts, Museum of Royal Worcester
May - November 2018 Scotland+Venice: The Happenstance, Biennale Architecttura, Venezia
June 2018 Façades/Fronts with Jack Webb, commissioned by Look Again Festival, Aberdeen
2017 - 2018 Possibilities Club, Bootle Library, commissioned by Maria Brewster, working with Plaey and other collaborators for 'At The Library'
July - October 2017 Commission for Abacus, a group exhibition for children, Bluecoat, Liverpool
April - June 2017 [Re]construct: An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibition, The Chapel, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
March - June 2017 Transparency: An Arts Council Collection National Partners Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
January - March 2017 Solo exhibition - BODY BUILDERS , Exeter Phoenix Gallery, Exeter
October - December 2016 Solo exhibition - BODY BUILDERS , Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas
October - December 2016 After the Primitives (with David Webb) , dalla Rosa Gallery, London
November - December 2016 Dark Geometries , Coleman Projects, London
June - July2016 Solo exhibition - BODY BUILDING , TRUCK, Calgary
November - December 2015 WORK/SPACE, a public art commission, Oriel Wrexham and Glyndwr University, Wrexham
September - December 2015 Fabric Spaces, PIANOFABRIEK, Brussels
July - September 2014 Strange Business, Syson Gallery, Nottingham
July - September 2014 Cities of Ash, g39, Cardiff
June 2014 Solitude, a newly commissioned artist's book and reading room, Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield
March - May 2014 Littoral Zone, solo exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth
January - March 2014 Silence Unbound, Center for Artists Books, New York
January - February 2014 The Land has Many Parts, Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara
September - November 2013 'Lady Garden', a new commission for STILL/Life, Ecologies of Perception, Trust New Art Bristol at Tyntesfield, National Trust, Bristol
September 2013 Tightrope, a group show with Takming Chuang, Echo Morgan and Hanae Utamura curated by Kate Pantling for Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London
September 2013 'The Construction Workers' a new commission for Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
April - May 2013 Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London
March - June 2013 Northern Art Prize exhibition with Margaret Harrison, Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan and Rosalind Nashishibi, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
March - April 2013 Head to Head with Hayley Newman, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
October 2012 Subjective Involvement in Physical Spatial Entities with Aeneas Wilder and Esther Stocker (newly commissioned work) Oredaria Gallery, Rome
August 2012 Human Castle, Edinburgh Art Festival 2012 Commissioned by Sorcha Carey.
June - July 2012 Camp Out, Site-specific performance work for this exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, USA
March 2012 Exterior Wall Commission, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. A commission to create a sixth-month long intervention with the architecture of Open Eye's new gallery
January - July 2012 Topophobia, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London and touring to Bluecoat, Liverpool and Spacex, Exeter
January 2012 Flat Pack, a solo project at Hartington Road Gallery
July - September 2011 MAKE SHIFT, Solo exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
August - September 2011 The Paper Cooperative, Spacex, Exeter
May 2011 Dialogos (Catalogue available online here), ASSAB One, Milan
April - May 2011 Small Scale Survival, Aid & Abet, Cambridge.
April 2011 Textures of Time, Frederick Parker Gallery, curated by MA Curating the Contemporary, London Metropolitan University & Whitechapel Gallery
December 2010 ROAMING. HETEROTOPIAS , Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
September 2010 egg, nest, home, country, universe, curated by Paola Caravati, solo exhibition #5 in a series at Showreel, Milan, Italy


April - June 2015 Cultural Crossroads residency Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
October - December 2014 Derek Hill Foundation Scholar (Drawing) The British School at Rome
April - May 2014 Standpoint Futures Residency Standpoint Gallery, London
August - September 2012 Production residency: Explore, Expand, Expose Linz Kultur, Salzamt Atelierhaus Linz, Austria
March - May 2010 A Curriculum at A Foundation, Liverpool
July - September 2009 European Capital of Culture exchange residency with Linz Kultur, nominated by Liverpool Biennial, Salzamt Atelierhaus Linz, Austria
September - October 2007 Artist's Book Residency at Women's Studio Workshop, New York State. Funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with additional support from The New York State Council on the Arts.
March - August 2004 Artist in Residence at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Scotland. Funded by the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh


2013 Northern Art Prize, Shortlist
2011 Bar-Tur Award shortlist
2009/2010 Feiweles Trust Bursary, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2007 & 2005 Project Funding: Juliet Gomperts Trust
April 2004 Project funding: Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund
May 2001 John Kinross travel scholarship awarded by The Royal Scottish Academy to live and work in Florence, Italy


Drawing Room, Drawing Biennial (exhibition catalogue), 2013. ISBN: 978-0-9558299-7-0
Atelierhaus Salzamt, Expand, Explore, Expose (exhibition catalogue), 2012.
Sarah Coulson, Gordon Brennan, Laura Mousavi and Emily Speed, MAKE SHIFT, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, July 2011
R. Klanten(ed), Doppelganger, Images of the Human Being, Gestalten: Berlin, 2011, pviii, 84 and 85. ISBN 978-3-89955-332-1
Emily Speed, Books as Bridges (essay) in Hand, Voice and Vision, artist's books from the Women's Studio Workshop (ex cat), Women's Studio Workshop: Rosendale, 2010, p30 - 32. ISBN: 1-893125-78-5
Emily Speed (ed), Cardboard Folly #1 THE FOLD, 2010, ISSN: 2044-9771
Vision Discovery: Art, Vision Magazine China, May 2010, p26. ISSN 1671-3397
Emily Speed, Unfolding Architecture, Women's Studio Workshop: Rosendale, 2007. ISBN 1-893125-24-6


2005 - 2006 MA Fine Art: Drawing, University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art
1997 - 2001 BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting, Edinburgh College of Art


Collection of the City of Linz
Library of Congress (Artists' Books)
Tate Artists' Book Collection
Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collection
University of West England: Centre for Fine Print Research Artists' Books Collection
Yale University
University of Delaware
Indiana University
Women's Studio Workshop, NY State
Rochester Institute of Technology
Vassar College
Virginia Commonwealth University
The University of Utah
Royal Scottish Academy
Hospitalfield Trust
Edinburgh College of Art
The University of Northampton; special books collection
Leeds College of Arts & Design
Private collections