Spike Island

Residency: Mary Paterson


3 January to 31 March 2017

Event type


Working between critical writing, poetry and live art, Mary Paterson is art writer in residence for early 2017. Paterson will conduct independent research, interview artists and hold workshops with local writers that take the form of regular walks. She envisages her research developing into a performance/exhibition exploring the ontology of language in an era of post-truth politics.

Mary Paterson’s residency is hosted by Spike Island in partnership with Arnolfini and the Art Writers Programme.

Free, no need to book

Join Mary Paterson on a series of walks through Bristol to explore walking and writing as interconnected artistic practices. These walks are linguistic and grammatical interventions into the etiquettes of public space. Each walk begins with a prompt from literature or art and includes a writerly task for participants to carry out during, or after the walk. Each walk lasts approximately 40–60 minutes.

Wednesday 1 March, 2pm
Meet at Spike Island

Wednesday 8 March, 2pm
Meet at Arnolfini box office

Wednesday 15 March, 2pm
Meet at Spike Island

Wednesday 22 March, 2pm
Meet at Arnolfini box office

Mary Paterson

Mary Paterson is an art writer who works between critical writing, poetry and live art.  It Moves a text on art writing, will soon be published as a chapter of The Creative Critic (Routledge, forthcoming 2017); she reviews for the feminist website The F-Word and recently guest-edited a special issue of the academic journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, on Showing and Writing (Taylor and Francis, 2016), which involved working closely with artists and academics from across visual arts and performance.

Supported by
  • Arnolfini
  • Art Writers Group