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Arnolfini - est 1961

Katie Paterson prepares for an ambitious new work with an Open Studio

Katie Paterson is preparing for her most ambitious permanent public artwork to date produced by Situations.  The University of Bristol have commissioned the artist to produce a work to mark the opening of their new Life Sciences building and over the past two years, Bristol-based arts producer Situations, have worked with Katie to build one of the largest collections of tree species in Bristol which will form the basis of a new artwork, designed by Katie with Zeller & Moye Architectural Studio.

Arnolfini play host to a significant stage in the making of this new artwork as Katie and researchers and students from the University of Bristol’s Life Sciences department organise the collection of over 10,000 unique tree species over three days prior to fabrication.

A small team of researchers will be at the front of the Gallery to offer visitors the chance to find out more about Katie Paterson’s artwork, Hollow, and to handle some of the samples.  These samples have particular stories connected with them.  The public will be invited to ‘hold the planet in your hand’ as a means of seeing a work in progress. 

After the 6th December, the sorted collection goes to be fabricated into this major new permanent work which will be installed in Royal Fort Gardens opposite Senate House in Bristol in spring 2016.

Katie Paterson (b. 1981, Scotland) is known for her conceptual artworks that in the past have involved broadcasting the sounds of a melting glacier live to a visitor on a mobile phone in an art gallery, mapping all the dead stars, compiling a slide archive of the history of darkness across the ages, custom-making a light built to simulate the experience of moonlight, and burying a nano-sized grain of sand deep within the Sahara desert.  She was winner of the Independent’s Creative 30 award ‘for Britain’s most creative young person’ and has won a 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award.  In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Edinburgh University in recognition of her ‘major contribution in fostering collaboration between the arts and sciences’.

Produced by Situations, Hollow will open to the public in Spring 2016 and is funded by the University of Bristol and Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.

Discover more in a special artist talk with Katie Paterson on Thursday 3 December, 6:30pm.