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Emily Godden

Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Art
Areas of Expertise:
Fine art , Computing and technology
Research Supervision:
Courses taught:

Emily is Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Digital Media Production at ARU.

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Emily is founder and director of Virtually There Studio CIC. Emily works as an Academic, Artist and Creative Technologist working in the space of immersive storytelling and social justice. They set up Virtually There to support humans with digital literacy and creativity, they do this via events, exhibitions and educational opportunities. They have exhibited works around the UK and beyond, exhibiting at galleries including but not limited to Somerset House, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Spike Island and Firstsite.

Currently Emily is undertaking a PhD in immersive storytelling and virtual heritage with StoryLab where they are also a research associate.

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

Emily currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Thinking Digital: A Practical History of Digital Media
  • Fundamentals of Digital Media
  • Immersive Storytelling
  • Research Project
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • MA (Hons) Printmaking
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching with FHEA
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