Emily Speed

October 21 - December 3, 2016
Opening reception, Friday October 21, 6-8pm

Emily Speed is interested in the relationship between people and buildings and her work explores the body and its relationship to architecture. She is concerned with how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space.

For her first exhibition in Texas, Emily will premiere a new film made during a residency with the Art Galleries at TCU along with a sculptural installation. The film, featuring TCU dance students, focuses on the relationship between the body and ancient classical architectural forms. Themes circling power, gender, status and the symbolic meaning and language of architecture are reflected upon and explored through the abstract narrative of the film.

About the Artist: British artist Emily Speed studied for a BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting, Edinburgh College of Art (1997 – 2001) before completing an MA in Fine Art: Drawing at University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art (2005-2006). During 2016 she will have solo exhibitions at TRUCK, Calgary and will present a major new commission at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas. Recent exhibitions include TRUCK, Calgary; Plymouth Art Centre, UK; Oredaria Gallery, Rome; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, USA; Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK, and Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2014/15 In October 2014, Speed was resident at the British School at Rome as the Derek Hill Foundation Scholar (drawing). In 2013 she exhibited at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester alongside Hayley Newman and was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize.


Fort Worth Contemporary Artsis located at 2900 W. Berry St. on the edge of the TCU Campus, Fort Worth, TX 76109. Gallery Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 5 pm,
and by appointment. Admission is free.

For more information about this exhibition, images for press, or details about other activities of the Art Galleries at TCU, please contact Sara-Jayne Parsons, Curator,, 817-257-2707, or Devon Nowlin, Gallery Manager,, 817-257-2588.