School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Kelly Richardson

Lecturer in Fine Art

Background

Introduction

Kelly Richardson is a Canadian artist whose practice mainly includes digitally manipulated large scale photography and video installation. Drawing on the imagery of science-fiction cinema, literature, and the history of landscape painting, her research focuses on the use of digital technologies to create hyper-real, highly charged landscapes which imagine an array of possible futures for humankind. 

Richardson's work has been exhibited extensively across North America, Asia and Europe. Her video installations and C-prints have been selected for the Beijing, Gwangju,  Busan, Montréal and Canadian Biennales, and shown and acquired by major public collections across the UK, USA and Canada, including Arts Council Collection (UK), Towner (UK), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (USA), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (USA), National Gallery of Canada, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Canada), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (USA), among others. Richardson's video installations were recently included in the Toronto International Film Festival (2012), Sundance Film Festival (2011 and 2009) and in 2009 she was honoured for her contribution to the visual arts at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards alongside Ed Ruscha, Robert Redford and Salman Rushdie.

Qualifications

Newcastle University, MFA Fine Art, (distinction)

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, MFA Media Arts

Ontario College of Art and Design, AOCAD Drawing and Painting (honours)

Research

Research Interests

My research examines how an immersive video art and print based practice, drawing on the emerging literary genre of 'Cli-Fi' (climate fiction), can critically contribute to debates around climate change. Taking cues from 19th century painting, 20th century cinema and 21st century scientific inquiries, my practice offers imaginative views and constructions of the future that are plausible enough to prompt careful consideration of the present. The use of cutting edge imaging and video technologies is an appropriate means to do this, bridging fiction/real and present/future. Underpinning the research is a critical and often collaborative engagement with scientists, philosophers and writers whose work engages with issues related to climate change. This is not simply art ‘illustrating’ scientific predictions, more art being a critical reflective space through which thinking on these issues can be furthered.

Esteem Indicators

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2018    Southampton City Art Gallery, Kelly Richardson: Pillars of Dawn, Southampton, UK

2017    Dundee Contemporary Arts, title tbc, Dundee, Scotland

2017    Mois Multi - Festival international d'arts multidisciplinaires et électroniques, VU Photo, Quebec City, Canada

2017    Musée d'art de Joliette, Kelly Richardson: Orion Tide, Joliette, Canada

2015    SMoCA, Kelly Richardson: Tales on the Horizon, Arizona, USA

2015    MSAC, Kelly Richardson: Terrene, Guelph, Canada

2014    VOID, Haunted, Derry, Ireland

2014    Laing Art Gallery, Mariner 9, Newcastle, UK

2014    Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, Kelly Richardson: Legion, Vancouver, Canada

2014    MCAC, Portadown, Ireland

2014    Screen Space, Melbourne, Australia

2013    Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Kelly Richardson: Mariner 9, Vienna, Austria

2013    Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Kelly Richardson: Legion (15 year retrospective exhibition), Buffalo, New York, USA

2013    Towner, Kelly Richardson: Legion (15 year retrospective exhibition), Eastbourne, UK

2013    Edel Assanti, The Erudition, London, UK

2013    Birch Libralato, Orion Tide, Toronto, Canada

2013    University of Waterloo Art Gallery, This Island Earth, Waterloo, Canada

2012    Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kelly Richardson: Legion (15 year retrospective exhibition), Sunderland, UK

2012    Toronto International Film Festival, Future Projections: Mariner 9 at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

2012    Spanish City Dome, Mariner 9, presented by Tyneside Cinema, Whitley Bay, UK

2012    Grundy Art Gallery, Kelly Richardson: Legion (15 year retrospective exhibition), Blackpool, UK

2011    Artpace, Leviathan, San Antonio, Texas, USA

2011    Southern Alberta Art Gallery, The Erudition, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

2010    Birch Libralato, The Erudition, Toronto, Canada

2010    Diverseworks, Fotofest 2010 Biennial: Twilight Avenger, presented by Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas

2009    Musée d'art contemporary de Montréal, Kelly Richardson: Exiles of the Shattered Star, Montréal, Canada

2009    Screening Gallery, Kelly Richardson: Twilight Avenger, Philadelphia, USA

2009    126 Gallery, Kelly Richardson: Twilight Avenger, Galway, Ireland

2008    Pace Digital Gallery, Mark Napier and Kelly Richardson, New York, USA

2008    Hallwalls, The Edge of Everything, Buffalo, New York, USA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2017    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kindness of Strangers: Recent Acquisitions, Arizona, USA

2017    Bonavista Biennale, Art encounters on the edge, Newfoundland, Canada

2017    Musée Atger, A Scientific Encounter, Montpellier University, Montpellier, France

2016    Success Gallery, INANITION, Fremantle, Australia

2016    Musée regional de Rimouski, Lumens, Quebec, Canada

2015    Actual Contemporary, Age of Catastrophe, Winnipeg, Canada

2014    National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Biennial 2014: Shine a Light, Ottawa, Canada

2014    Musée d'art Contemporain, Biennale de Montréal: L'avenir (looking forward), Montréal, Canada

2013    Museum London, Storytelling, London, Canada

2013    Palais de TokyoArte Video Night, Paris, France

2013    Berwick Film and Media Festival, The Last Frontier, Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK

2013    Museum London, Imaging Disaster, London, Canada

2013    Nuit Blanche Toronto, Romancing the Anthropocene, Toronto, Canada

2012    TULCA 2012, What became of the people we used to be?, Galway, Ireland

2012    Le Fresnoy, Visions Fugitives, Tourcoing, France

2012    Kulturhuset Stockholm, Supertemporal, Stockholm, Sweden

2012    Palais de Tokyo, Arte Video Night, Paris, France

2012    Edel Assanti, Immortal Nature, London, UK

2012    The Rooms, New Romantics, Newfoundland, Canada

2011    Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Videosphere: A New Generation, Buffalo, New York, USA

2011    CaixaForum, The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image - Dreams, organised by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Barcelona, Spain

2011    Sundance Film FestivalNew Frontier, Utah, USA

2011    Young Projects, The Savage Transparence, Los Angeles, California, USA

2010    White Box, The Waste Land, New York, New York, USA

2010    SAW Gallery, Art Star 4 Video Art Biennial, Ottawa, Canada

2010    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Last Frontier, Halifax, NS, Canada

2010    Art Gallery of Ontario, Sculpture as Time: Major works. New Acquisitions, Toronto, Canada

2010    Islip Art Museum, Site Specifics '10, Long Island, New York, USA

2009    Sundance Film Festival, New Frontiers, Utah, USA

2009    Beijing 798 Biennale, Constellations, Beijing, China

2009    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Forces of Nature, Halifax, NS, Canada

2008    Busan Biennale, Expenditure, Busan, South Korea

2008    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image - Dreams, Washington, USA

2004    Gwangju Biennale, A grain of dust, a drop of water, Gwangju, South Korea

2004    Edinburgh Film Festival / Stills Gallery, DRIFT, Edinburgh, Scotland

2002    Art Gallery of Ontario, Provisional Worlds, Toronto, Canada

2002    Islip Art Museum, Accumulations, Long Island, New York, USA

2002    Pompidou Centre, Polyphonix 40, Paris, France

2001    Art Gallery of Ontario, Video Primer, Toronto, Canada

2000    Smack Mellon, White Hot, Brooklyn, New York

2000    Galerie Skol, Companie, Montréal, Canada

1999    Hallwalls, Phenotypology, Buffalo, New York, USA

COLLECTIONS 

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Arts Council Collection, UK

BMO, Canada

Giverny Capital, Canada

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

RBC, Canada

SMoCA, Arizona, USA

Towner, Eastbourne, United Kingdom

CATALOGUES AND MONOGRAPHS (selected)

Kelly Richardson's work is published in the following catalogues and monographs:

2017, Kelly Richardson: Pillars of Dawn, Published by Art Editions North (upcoming)

2013, Kelly Richardson: The Last Frontier, Published by Art Editions North and Southern Alberta Art Gallery (ISBN: 9781894699570) (monograph)

2012, DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002-2012, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (ISBN: 9781887457132) (catalogue)

2012, New Romantics, The Rooms (ISBN: 9780986745850)

2011, The Last Frontier, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (ISBN: 9781554574544) (catalogue)

2009, Beijing 798 Biennale, Beijing, China (catalogue)

2008, The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden/D Giles Limited (ISBN: 9781904832508) (catalogue)

2007, Explorations Narratives, Le mois de la photo a Montréal (ISBN: 9782980802010) (catalogue)

2004, Gwangju Biennale: A grain of dust a drop of water, Gwangju Biennale (catalogue)

FUNDING, HONOURS AND AWARDS

2017, Canada Council for the Arts Project Award

2017, Love Nature Artist Commission (in partnership with World Wildlife Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute)

2016, NICAP Award

2016, Film London Jarman Award, nominated

2015, Film London Jarman Award, nomintated

2015, Canada Council for the Arts Project Award

2014, Arts Council England Project Award

2014, Film London Jarman Award, nominated

2013, Canada Council for the Arts, Long-term Grant

2012, Tyneside Cinema Artist in Residence

2012, Tyneside Cinema Artist Commission

2012, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art Artist Commission

2012, Arts Council England, Project Award

2012, VARC Visual Art Award

2012, Canada Council for the Arts, Long-term Grant

2012, Journal Culture Award 'Best Event Sunderland', winner

2012, Journal Culture Award 'Visual Artist of the Year', shortlist

2011, Artpace San Antonio, International Artist in Residence and Commission

2011, Journal Culture Award 'Visual Artist of the Year', shortlist

2001, Northern Art Prize, long list 

2009, Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards, Featured Artist

2009, Arts Council England, Project Award

2009, Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2009, Sobey Art Award, Ontario shortlist

2009, Southern Alberta Art Gallery Intersection Residency

2008, Sobey Art Award, Ontario shortlist

2008, ISIS Arts, Artist in Residence

2007, Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2006, /sLab, Sunderland University, International Artist in Residence Program

2005, Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2005, Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant

2004, Arts Council England, Project Award

2002, Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2001, Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant

2000, Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2000, Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant

2000, Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant

1999, Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant

Teaching

Undergraduate and Postgraduate  teaching

Kelly teaches throughout the BA, Fine Art and MFA degrees.

PhD

Kelly is currently supervising the following doctoral research project:

  • Aesthetics of Sustainability: What impact can a critical multi-media arts practice have on our visions for a sustainable future? (Sabina Sallis)