Build-Up: A Practice

On Sunday 7th April, four acrobats will perform for around one hour in Castlefield Gallery, as an extension or further exploration of the film work in the exhibition. The exercises they perform will be a repetition of certain structures, because they cannot hold the shape for long, it will have to be built over and over again.

Build-Up (detail)

Visitors are welcome to drop in and out of the performance – expect weary acrobats by the end! More information about the event/location etc HERE

The exhibition with Hayley Newman has been reviewed in the April edition of Art Monthly by Martin Herbert.

Castlefield dates

The exhibition with Hayley Newman is open and will be in until 7th April. There’s a couple of events coming up at Castlefield Gallery…

23rd March at 3.30pm – A panel discussion with Hayley Newman, curator Bridget Crone and moi.

7th March – Build-Up: A practice at 3.30pm. Four acrobats will perform a series of construction exercises inside the gallery.

Tracey Warr has written a really wonderful essay to accompany the exhibition: PDF Here.

PAC Home talk, Plymouth

Plymouth Arts Centre
Thursday 24 January 2013, 6 – 7.30pm

In her talk for PAC Home Emily Speed will discuss her career so far including the hows and whys around residencies, awards and extending her practice to include art writing. Emily is also willing to have one to one sessions with PAC Home members during her visit to Plymouth. To arrange a one to one please email

Free for PAC Home members, £3 for non-members. Book in advance by calling the Plymouth Arts Centre box office 01752 206114.

Art Talks Presteigne

Saturday 20 October 2012

1pm-5.30pm & film screening at 7.30pm

Contemporary artists in conversation about the importance of place and landscape: Heather and Ivan Morison, Emily Speed, HAT Projects architects, Steve Messam. Also featuring the work of Antonia Dewhurst and a screening of Sophie Fiennes’ film about Anselm Kiefer ‘Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow’.
Day ticket: £20 (student £15), includes film screening.

For booking see Sidney Nolan Trust website

Architectural Cake

I left Linz last week, after a great six weeks in the studio at the Salzamt. For the final exhibition ‘Expand, Explore, Expose’ I made a cake. This cake (a battenberg) was also a copy of the wooden model made for Hitler by Albert Speer, of the new Führermuseum (a place for the art collection mainly plundered by the Nazis). The original photograph shown here is of the new plan for Linz, part of Hitler’s new masterplan-cities for Germany.
I was interested in how the architectural model can be a very powerful object, in that they contain a lot of potential and the transformation of scale allows people to imagine themselves into this other reality very easily.

Happily the audience were eager to destroy this model of a narrowly-escaped plan and it disappeared within an hour.