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Emma Tod

Emma Tod

Associate Lecturer

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Emma studied painting at Falmouth School of Art before gaining her MFA at the Slade in 2002. She was selected for the new contemporaries in 2003. She was a founding member of Gasworks Artists’ Studio's and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. She has recently joined Peacock Projects, an artist run organisation in South London.

She has taught at Nottingham Trent University, Wimbledon School of Art and is currently an associate lecturer at Solent University and Central Saint Martins, UAL.

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Industry experience

  • On Landscape, Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects, London, 2014.
  • Playback, Peacock Yard, London, July, 2013.
  • Ideas In Motion, Milton Gallery, St Paul’s School, London, 2012.
  • Bloomberg New Contemporary Archive Films, ICA, London, 2011.
  • Chainletter,, 2011.
  • I Want To Believe, Millais Gallery, Southampton, 2010.
  • Life Is A Gas, Beverley Knowles, London, 2008.
  • International Exchange, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, New York, 2004.
  • Tempered Ground, Museum Of Garden History / Danielle Arnaud, London, 2004.
  • Weeds, Hiscox Arts Projects, London, 2004.
  • The Moon Will Save Our Ass, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 2004.
  • One take,Film Festival Zagreb, Croatia, 2003.
  • New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse Manchester and 14 Wharf Road, London, 2003.
  • Island Film and Video Festival, Prenelle Gallery, London, 2003.
  • East of Eden, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, 2001.
  • Millennium Minutes, Touring Show, Great Britain, 2001.
  • Porthcurno Beach Super 8 film Camera work for Tacita Dean, Newlyn Gallery Penzance, 1999.
  • Close To Home. UFF Gallery, Budapest, 1999.


“Emma Tod’s quiet and mesmerising film Encounter (2010) is, in essence, imagination run riot. By training her camera on the night sky, and slowing down the footage,Tod discovered strange lights…With Tods film breathless possibility supersedes reality.”
Peter Bonnell, Artists Newsletter, June 2010.

“The camera becomes a metaphor for the self, struggling to make sense of the shifting world, as an eye that longs to penetrate the very substance of the mysterious world set before it.”
Lee Mackinnon, catalogue for “Weeds”, Hiscox Art Projects, London 2004.

“There was a video of a dog that was good, which I tried to buy. I liked the whole thing.”
Matthew Collings, Modern Painters, Winter 2003.

Research interests

“I mean that in human relations, whatever they are, - whether it be a question of communicating verbally, or a question of a love relationship, an institutional or economic relationship – power is always present; I mean the relationships in which one wishes to direct the behaviour of another ”
Foucault, 1994.

I work with a variety of media including super 8 film, digital video, painting and bookmaking. I am currently looking at the boundaries between the private and public spheres – what Hannah Arendt refers to as the relationship between the household or ”oikos”, and the state or “polis” and what was understood in Ancient Greece as the “vita activa “ (active life) and “vita contemplativa” (contemplative life).

Work in progress

Member of Lux London Critical Forum.

Film and video works – encounter, digital video, Journeys Into Unknowable Worlds, digital video, various book works.

Recent publications