Emma Smith is a visual artist based in the UK and works internationally. She has a social practice and creates platforms for people to share research, experiences, knowledge and no-how of human relationships with one another and the places we co-habit.

Through performances, installations, objects and actions, Smith’s work reveals the subtleties of human connectivity: relationship, communication, sense of place and entanglement. Her work looks in particular at hidden forms of connection: the tacit / the intimate / the transient / the subconscious / the remote / and the invisible. She is currently developing new work looking at extended cognition and consciousness, touch beyond the ends of the body and the body as earth.

Smith’s process is research and production based and often involves the bringing together of multi-disciplinary teams including collaborations with academics, professionals and hobbyists and drawing on the fields of anthropology, history, psychology, neurology, physics, ecology and biology. Through this co-research process her work results in published findings as well as new artwork, unearthing forgotten histories and proposing new futures.

Involving thousands of people in each project, Smith creates ephemeral experiences particular to those who are there, scores, props and games for non-durational performance, and permanent landscapes, to be activated at any time. She creates work for the public realm and gallery ranging from intimate exchanges to large scale performances, site-specific events, installations, performance objects and permanent works. Through her work Smith utilises the gallery as a space for active research and the public space as an environment for co-habitation, experimentation, play and collective action.

Previous exhibitions and performances include Tate Modern, Barbican, Whitechapel, Bluecoat, Whitworth, ICA and Arnolfini with international projects across the globe.

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    Solo Exhibitions
    • 2022


      , Penzance-Marazion Coastal Path, UK
    • 2020

      Sprechgesang : Parlando

      , Landtag, Bolzano, Italy
    • 2020

      W.A.W. Reproduction

      , The Guildhall, Cambridge, UK
    • 2019

      The Whistling Orchestra of Philadelphia

      , Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, USA
    • 2019

      5Hz & Euphonia

      , HOME, Manchester, UK
    • 2019


      , Freud Museum London, UK
    • 2018


      , Primary, Nottingham, UK
    • 2018


      , Parker's Piece, Cambridge, UK
    • 2018


      , Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK
    • 2017


      , Art on the Underground London
    • 2017

      Communications Department

      , Tate Modern, London, UK
    • 2017

      I+I: Variations on Alteroception

      , The Edge, ICIA, Bath, UK
    • 2016

      Recipes for Relationships

      , New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge, UK
    • 2016


      , Delfina Foundation, London, UK
    • 2015

      Variations on a Weekend Theme

      , Kettles Yard Cambridge, UK
    Group Exhibitions
    • 2020

      American Export

      , Grand Union and partner venues, Birmingham, UK
    • 2019

      Wysing Polyphonic

      , Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK
    • 2019

      The Cambridge Show

      , Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK
    • 2019

      Nocturnal Creatures

      , Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
    • 2019

      Art Night London

      , UK
    • 2018

      This is a Voice

      , MAAS, Sydney, Australia
    • 2018

      The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind

      , Hauser & Wirth Somerset
    • 2018

      Actions: The Image of the World Can be Different

      , Kettle's Yard Cambridge
    • 2017

      Concentric Zone Theory

      , Division of Labour, London, UK
    • 2017

      material / rearranged / to / be

      , Barbican, London, UK
    • 2016


      , RCA, London, UK
    • 2016

      This is a Voice

      , Wellcome Collection, London, UK