Emma Critchley is an artist who uses a combination of photography, film, sound and installation to continually explore the human relationship with the underwater environment as a political, philosophical and environmental space. She is Royal College of Art alumni and has developed works funded by organisations including The National Media Museum, The Photographers Gallery, Arts Council England, the British Council, the Singapore International Foundation and the European Regional Development Fund.
Awards include the Royal College of Art Sustain ‘Moving Minds’ award, winner of the British Underwater Image Festival, a finalist in a number of Saatchi Gallery awards including New Sensations 2011. Her work has been shown extensively both nationally and internationally in exhibitions at The Australian Centre of Photography, the ICA Singapore, Gerhard Marcks Haus Germany, Eyebeam New York, The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, the Royal Academy and Tate St Ives. A recent commission from Opera North Projects toured to the Southbank Centre and the BALTIC Centre for contemporary art. In 2017, she completed a year’s residency called Culture & Climate Change: Future Scenarios. From this, she is developing a public soundscape about underwater acoustic pollution and a film about deep-sea mining, funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.