Emma Helen Reid is an artist in Glasgow. Her practice can incorporate video, writing, technology, sound, fabric, site, performance. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and graduated from M Litt Fine Art Practice – Sculpture in 2017 and from BA (Hons) Sculpture and Environmental Art in 2012.
Through her practice she explores personal, corporeal connections with – and through – technologies that are embedded in many of our lives. She is thinking about the implications of media technology on the sense of self, and on the ways we encounter another. She is interested in how these experiences relate to privacy, intimacy, and reserve, particularly within the contexts of mass state and corporate surveillance and privacy as a human right. She is trying to better understand bodiesandminds and consider some of the ways our lived experiences and interconnectivity mean that we are in continual processes of becoming. She hopes that focussing on bodies in the world gives the potential to use feminist work to be alert to continuing inequalities and oppressions.
Recent projects include: ‘Encounter no. 1‘ with Sogol Mabadi, including performance ‘I welcome this opportunity to get to know you, stranger‘ (2018); ‘A Trace-Body‘ (2017) an installation in two parts; ‘responding to those readings‘ (2017) a collaborative research project with Saira Edwards and Olivia Jones; and an on-going collaboration with Katie Reid as MMIM (May Meet In Mutual).
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2016 – 2017 M Litt Fine Art Practice – Sculpture (with Distinction), Glasgow School of Art
2008 – 2012 First Class BA(Hons) Sculpture and Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art
2019 SKIN SOFT FLESH, Ventolin Art Space, Testing Grounds, Melbourne Feb 2019
2018 Encounter no. 1 with Sogol Mabadi, The Pipe Factory (relocated from Intermedia, CCA)
2017 A Trace-Body, Graduate Degree Show, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2017 This camera was connected to our bodies, TRIM, RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2017 Breathing, Traces Below Stairs, Pollok House, Glasgow
2016 Holding, NHS Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert
2015 Art Maze, Art Playground, Cheltenham
2014 May Meet In Mutual, Baxter Park Centre, Dundee
2014 Please DO touch the artwork, Art Playground, Cheltenham
2013 SAY Art Commission Exhibition, Intermedia, CCA, Glasgow
2013 RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh
2013 SSA Annual Open Exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh
2012 May Meet in Mutual, Baxter Park Centre, Dundee
2012 Black, RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2012 GSA in Dunoon, Dunoon Burgh Hall, Dunoon
2012 The Degree Show, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2012 Picture Window, Glasgow, curated by Eileen Daily & Annie Crabtree
2017 Responding to those readings collaboration with Saira Edwards and Olivia Jones
Collaborative research project exploring strategies for artists when dealing with readings of our work that we find reductive and problematic. Project included discussion group, collaborative writing, and zine. Supported by GSASA.
2016 MMIM (May Meet In Mutual) collaboration with Katie Reid
Organised and participated in MMIM: Plus-One, a micro-residency for women artists. We invited an initial group of women artists and asked them to invite a ‘plus-one’ to participate in a move towards expanding the network of influences while remaining an interconnected unit. Hosted by New Glasgow Society and supported by Cass Art.
2014 MMIM (May Meet In Mutual) collaboration with Katie Reid
Curated and exhibited in May Meet In Mutual, a site-responsive group exhibition, with micro-residency and conversation event in Baxter Park, Dundee. With thanks to Maryfield Regeneration Team and the Friends of Baxter Park. Supported by Ideas Tap and Kirsten Scott Memorial Fund.
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2018 Side Effects, (short story collection, self-published)
2017 garments: waist, gusset, wrist, ankle, (artist book, self-published)
2017 responding to those readings, (collaborative zine, self-published)
Awards / Commissions:
2016 Labyrinth Trust awarded funding to support postgraduate study at the Glasgow School of Art.
2016 Baird Educational Trust awarded funding to support postgraduate study at the Glasgow School of Art.
2016 ACasa Care, a support service providing care at home, commissioned work for Linburn House.
2015 Art Playground, a social enterprise encouraging creativity and curiosity in adults and children, commissioned Kaleidoscope Room, an interactive video installation for exhibition.
2013/2014 Glasgow Visual Art and Craft Award Scheme 2013/2014, Glasgow City Council awarded funding to support a self-directed research and development project.
2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award Art Commission, selected to produce artworks to be given to the ten shortlisted music artists nominated for the SAY Award 2013.
Workshops / Teaching Experience:
2018 Co-ordinating student exhibition in Pollok House for SEA4, GSA
2018 Workshop ‘Studio Traces’ with Project Ability’s ReConnect Group, Glasgow (April-May)
2018 Volunteer Studio Assistant with Project Ability, Glasgow
2017-18 Co-ordinating student exhibition in Pollok House for SEA4, GSA
2017 Postgraduate Elective course Fine Art Studio Teaching, Glasgow School of Art
2017 Workshop for Sculpture & Environmental Art students, Glasgow School of Art
Duncan Macmillan, The Scotsman, ‘Arts review: RSA New Contemporaries, Edinburgh‘ 18 Apr 2013
Helen Crane, Guardian website, ‘Portrait of an art graduate, circa 2012‘ and ‘Graduate art in pictures: Glasgow and Goldsmiths‘ 7 Jun 2012
Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman, ‘Visual art review: GSA Degree Show | GSA MFA Degree Show‘, 14 Jun 2012
Marcus Peabody, Glasgow Guardian, ‘Check out the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show‘, 10 Jun 2012