Emma Smith has a social and site-specific practice that is both research and production based. Using an inter-disciplinary approach including events, performance, participation, sound and text, her work explores the relationship of people and place. Smith regularly works through collaboration.
Her work has featured internationally in Canada, China, Europe, India, Kenya, Lebanon and Mauritius. Exhibitions in the UK include Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Camden Arts Centre and The Showroom. She has been artist in residence at Grizedale Arts since 2010 working on her project The School for Tourists, and was artist in residence at Wysing Arts Centre in 2011 where she initiated the project Campanologia which continues in 2013 in Italy. ΔE=W was originally developed in association with Artsadmin, part of the Live Art UK network alongside Arnolfini. Emma Smith is an Associate Artist of Artsadmin.
One of Smith’s recent ideas was an imagined retreat to Blakedown Estate, Worcestershire for a week-long lesson in the act of belonging, part of the curated project It Looked Like A Theatre that included contributions from a diverse range of artists including The Hut Project, Bryony Kimmings, Kim Noble, Bedwyr Williams and curator Barry Sykes. Smith is currently exploring the history of song in Lincoln including political songs and religious hymns in the project Mistaken Presence.
Smith’s public workshops and talks include sessions at The Serpentine Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Gasworks and Barbican and conference presentations at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Germany, IASPIS, Sweden, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Denmark and Turner Contemporary, UK. Emma has also led a recent peer workshop as part of Spacex’ Collective Praxis workshops.