Emily Godden



Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fine art , Computing and technology

Research Supervision:Yes

Emily is an award-winning Artist, Creative Technologist, Educator and founder of social enterprise Virtually There Studio. Emily is soon to commence a PhD: “A practice-led inquiry into the use of immersive media to co-create and curate micro-restorative experiences in the healthcare setting” at Cambridge School of Art.

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Based in the Suffolk countryside Emily works to produce exhibitions, experiences and educational opportunities to create positive behaviour change towards the environment and well-being. Education is an area Emily is passionate about, taking an interdisciplinary play-led approach to teaching everything from coding to casting, programming to print.

Emily’s current work explores the global climate crisis and how digital skills can empower artists.

Research interests

  • Printmaking in the 4th industrial revolution
  • Immersive storytelling
  • Virtual reality and well-being


Emily currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Introduction to creative digital media
  • Interactive Narrative
  • Interactive Environments
  • Research Project
  • Research Assignment


  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • MA (Hons) Printmaking

Memberships, editorial boards

  • STEM Ambassador

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2019: Arts Council & European regional development fund: R&D into Virtual Eco Therapy
  • 2019: Unltd: Pilot of new youth group in Suffolk, Non-Binary code, offering 16-25 year olds who identify or associate with the LGBTQ+ community to empower participants with digital skills
  • 2017:The Environment Now: development of a VR app presenting virtual tours of various forests around the UK
  • 2016: Mark Wood Scholarship for Art & Design

Selected recent publications

Godden, E., 2018. 'Handle with care: synthesising the sonic content of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough'. Essay for artists' book RE:PRINT, edited by Dr Veronique Chance and Duncan Ganley, Marmalade Publishers of Visual Theory

Recent presentations and conferences

Godden, E., 2016: 'Application of virtual reality to heritage and wellbeing'. Transforming People to Transform Museums: Nurturing a Culture of Change conference


2017, Space to breathe, Somerset House, London

2016, SPILL Festival of Performance, Ipswich

2016, What is the future of art? Tate Modern, London

2016, Arcade, Firstsite, Colchester

2015, Eye Want Change, Tate Britain, London