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.

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

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