Approved: 21.04.2015

Gemma Riggs

Artist, Community worker, Film-maker, Gallery educator, Project manager

Approved: 21.04.2015



    Artist Statement

    I am a London-based artist and filmmaker who works across video, photography and sound. My practice is informed by theatre, performance and documentary, exploring ideas of fragmentation in relation phenomenological experience and memory. I enjoy breaking elements apart and re-forming them to generate new meanings and structures, charting the trajectory of the processed material. My work is rooted in a desire to translate intensities of experience, making work that often uses rhythm, and oppositions of presence and absence to explore this.

    Having collaborated in the fields of theatre and live visual performance for over ten years, space and performance have become important aspects of my work. I am interested in the boundaries between performer and audience, artist and viewer and how this may be played with through the arrangement of objects and image within space.

    My work has been shown in exhibitions in Latvia, Romania, UK, Ireland and Lithuania. I have been awarded Arts Council funding to create a new work and have participated in a number of international residencies.

    Having worked closely with UK Arts organisations as a filmmaker, facilitator and project manager, I have wide-ranging experience in working in the creative industries. Organisations include the Barbican, Southbank Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, Fuel Theatre, Paddington Arts, Creative Partnerships and the University for the Creative Arts. 

    CV & Education



    2012 – 2014      MA Fine Art | University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury  (Distinction)
    1999 – 2002      BA Fine Art | Wimbledon School of Art


    Commissions and Exhibitions



    Le 3 du Trois | Luxembourg
    Presentation of film work with artists from 'E-Motional Bodies and Cities'                                                      



    Folkestone Moves (Arts Council funded): Folkestone Fringe 2014
    Grant to make a site-specific, multi-screen film work with Folkestone residents.        


    Unfold | Cork Film Centre, Ireland.
    Exhibition of film works made by Laura Murphy in collaboration with Gemma Riggs and Monique Besten


    Internal Façade | Presented at MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest) and Firkin Crane, Cork.
    Commissioned installation and performance work made in collaboration with Laura Murphy (IE) and Mircea Ghinea (RO)


    Commission Space | Masque of the Red Death. Battersea Arts Centre.
    Commission to collaborate with Melanie Wilson and local young people to produce an interactive multimedia installation within Punchdrunk’s immersive theatre production.


    The Unicorn | Lyric Hammersmith and Theatre Sandbox
    Video design for interactive and motion responsive audio tour around the Lyric Hammersmith and shopping centre



    Residencies and Research Projects


    MAP. Bucharest, Romania.
    Selection for a two-week residency with E-Motional - Rethinking Dance in Bucharest, July 2015

    Zarare Fringe Festival 2015, Lithuania
    Invited artist

    2013 – 2014      
    BMW Tate Live: Tate Thought Workshops
    Selected as one of 30 participants to take part in a year-long programme of initiative exploring the idea of change

    2012 – 2013      
    European Mobility and Artist Exchange Programme: E-Motional Bodies and Cities
    Selection for international residency to collaborate in practice-based research with performers and choreographers

    2011- 2012  
    Oral Histories and Visible Witness
    Learning and Teaching Research award to produce video documentaries exploring animation artist production process




    Relevant employment / freelance projects 

    2011- 2015 
    The Barbican
    Artist Filmmaker (Various projects)

    A Dance Concerto

    The Owl and the Pussycat

    2010 -2013
    University for the Creative Arts: Animation Research Centre
    Education Officer

    2011- 2014
    Paddington Arts
    Digital Media Development Worker

    2009 -2014
    Fuel Theatre
    Filmmaker: Sound&Fury / Melanie Wilson

    2007 -2012
    Battersea Arts Centre
    Artist Facilitator / Documentary Maker

    Creative Partnerships
    Artist Facilitator - Arts Enquiry 

    2008 -2010
    Southbank Centre
    Filmmaker: Shlomo and Music Through Unconventional Means

    2003 -2007
    Oily Cart
    Video Artist