Portrait of Emily Speed, shown from the waist up. She is a white woman with light hair, wearing an orange shirt and light wash denim jacket.

Emily Speed. Photography by Gareth Jones.

Emily Speed | Energy House 2.0 Artist In Residence

Known for her work examining the relationship between the body and architecture, Emily Speed’s practice considers how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space.

Speed was awarded the second of two 18-month artist residencies at Energy House 2.0 in early 2023 and she is currently engaged in research, working closely with the Energy House Labs team.

Ideas around shelter and habitation lie at the core of much of Speed’s work, which spans disciplines from drawing to installation and performance. With two large environmentally-controllable chambers – able to accommodate two full-sized detached houses each and capable of simulating wind, rain, snow, solar radiation and extreme temperatures – the world-leading Energy House 2.0 facility provides a unique opportunity to explore these themes and the future of housing.

Launched in February 2022, Energy House 2.0 is a unique research facility, with two environmental chambers each able to accommodate two full-sized detached houses. The research team can recreate a variety of environmental conditions – from extreme temperatures (-20˚C to +40˚C) to simulate wind, rain, snow, and solar radiation – in order to test out the latest innovations in the built environment. The £16m facility, part-funded by the European Research Development Fund (ERDF), is the largest facility of its type and plays a key role in accelerating progress towards low carbon and net zero housing design building upon the success of the original Energy House Laboratory which opened in 2012.

Image of 'Flatland' by Emily Speed, installed at Tate Liverpool. The image shows a white tshirt recreated at person height, suspended amongst other fabrics on a black frame.
Emily Speed, Flatland, 2021, commissioned by Tate Liverpool for the Art North West award, photograph by Lucy Dawkins

Over the last few years, Speed has had solo presentations at Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, TRUCK, Calgary, and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas. She has been commissioned to make performances for Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park (St Louis) and Edinburgh Art Festival among others. Recent exhibitions include A Woman’s Place at Knole House; Body Builders at Exeter Phoenix Gallery; and The Happenstance, Scotland + Venice at the Architecture Biennale in 2018. Emily Speed lives and works in Cheshire, UK.


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A graphic representing Emily Speed'S Are.na page 'Kitchen Energy'.

Are.na / Emily Speed / Kitchen Energy

Click here to visit Emily Speed’s Are.na page, bringing together her latest research for the Energy House 2.0 residency.

The Energy House 2.0 Artist Residencies are hosted in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

Both residencies have been made possible through funding from the Friends of Energy House 2.0 Community: energyhouse2.salford.ac.uk/friends-of-energy-house-2-0/