Emily Speed’s interest lies in the relationship between people and buildings; her work explores the body and its relationship to architecture. In 2014 Emily was the Derek hill Foundation Scholar at the British School at Rome and In 2013 she exhibited at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester alongside Hayley Newman and was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. Other recent exhibitions include 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. Speed studied for a BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting, Edinburgh College of Art before completing an MA in Fine Art: Drawing at University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art. She is based in Liverpool, UK.
au•gust art festival project
Emily Speed’s The Committee explores the village of Rosendale as both a physical place, a layering of history and a collection of ideas. Emily has used archetypes of three different buildings (domestic, civic and industrial) to create sculptural costumes that will be worn and activated by performers during the festival. A short film around the work will incorporate more of the history and research behind the project using recorded conversations with residents of Rosendale.