Kelly Richardson, On the Precipice
Renowned International media artist Kelly Richardson joined us in autumn 2012 to carry out a curatorial residency. Richardson spent the time researching and curating a new programme of artist film and video, taking inspiration from her own large-scale moving image artworks.
The screening programme,On the Precipice, explores our relationship towards landscape and nature at a particularly critical time in human history; we are on the precipice of enormous change and almost certain unprecedented environmental disaster. Richardson's research focused on exploring the various ways artists chose to represent and respond to this theme.
The artist–curated programme is a commission for the Big M, ISIS’s inflatable mobile exhibition space. The programme is in partnership with Culture Lab, who will develop new digital and technological responses for the Big M.
Kelly Richardson is a Canadian artist, living and working in North East England. Having studied fine and media arts, she received her undergraduate degree from the Ontario College of Art & Design (Canada) and her masters degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Canada) and Newcastle University (UK). From 2012-2013 her work was the subject of a touring, 15 year retrospective at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, UK), Grundy Art Gallery (Blackpool, UK), Towner (Eastbourne, UK) and Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA) followed by a smaller presentation at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver, Canada) in 2014.
Richardson has been widely acclaimed in North America, Asia and Europe. Her work was selected for the Beijing, Gwangju and Busan biennales, and major moving image exhibitions including the The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, USA) and Caixaforum (Barcelona, Spain), Videosphere: A New Generation at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA) and Visions Fugitives at Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France). Her video installations have been included in the Toronto International Film Festival (2012) and Sundance Film Festival (2011 and 2009) and in 2009, she was honoured as the featured artist at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards. Richardson's work has been acquired by major museums across the USA and Canada, from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Albright-Knox Art Gallery to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Art Gallery of Ontario.
Kelly Richardson Interview (part of 11 artist films for 2011) by North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network