Emily Riddle – Programme Director
I was born in Wakefield and am proud to have built my career in the city, from an internship at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, my first job at The Art House and my work as a curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, to re-joining the wonderful team at The Art House this year.
I am passionate about supporting people seeking asylum and resettling in the UK and was lucky to be able to develop the UK’s first Studio of Sanctuary at The Art House in 2017. Our Studio of Sanctuary Project Co-ordinator, Keziah Berelson, has brilliantly built on this programme since then to develop workshops with new communities in Wakefield.
I started out training to be a professional cellist and love finding ways of breaking down boundaries between art forms.
I have been known to get involved in musical performance since my cello-playing days, including a free improvisation on a group of suspended porcelain mushroom-shaped bells, rigged up to contact microphones, as part of an installation by the wonderful artist Serena Korda. Who needs a cello when you could have a ceramic fungus.
Well, they just couldn’t keep me away! I feel incredibly lucky to have had my first job at The Art House, not least because it planted a commitment to accessibility and community-building at the heart of my practice as a curator, producer and programmer. I couldn’t be happier to have returned to such a brilliantly creative and supportive team, who put people at the heart of everything they do.