Kelly Richardson was born in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Having studied fine and media arts, she received her undergraduate degree from the Ontario College of Art & Design (Canada) and her masters degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Canada) and Newcastle University (UK).
Richardson has been widely acclaimed in North America, Asia and Europe. Her work was selected for the Beijing, Gwangju and Busan biennales, and major moving image exhibitions including the The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, USA) and Caixaforum (Barcelona, Spain), Videosphere: A New Generation at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA) and Visions Fugitives at Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France). Her video installations have been included in the Toronto International Film Festival as part of Future Projections (2012), Sundance Film Festival in New Frontier (2011 and 2009) and in 2009, she was honoured as the featured artist at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards. Richardson's work has been acquired by major museums across the USA and Canada, from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Albright-Knox Art Gallery to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Art Gallery of Ontario.
A 15 year retrospective of her work is currently on tour, beginning at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (UK), followed by the Grundy Art Gallery (UK), Towner (UK) and Albright-Knox Art Gallery (USA), followed by a smaller presentation at the Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver (Canada).
She has been living and working in North East England since 2003.