Emma Ridgway is a chief curator of modern and contemporary art. She curates exhibitions and creative events with artists and audiences in order to invigorate fresh thinking on life today. She leads the artistic programme at Modern Art Oxford, which since her appointment in 2015 has included major new exhibitions of artists Lubaina Himid, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Hannah Ryggen, Penny Woolcock, and projects Kaleidoscope, Future Knowledge and City as Studio. Formerly at the Barbican Centre she initiated experimental education projects such as Arts School Lab, and participatory events such as Brain Waves about neuroscience, at The RSA she specialised in arts and ecology, at The Serpentine Gallery she organised the first four interdisciplinary Marathon events that platformed leading ideas in art, science and the creative industries and she has worked as an associate curator for Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi. She has degrees (first class) in fine art, art history and curating from Goldsmiths and The Royal College of Art and is an accredited coach.