Residency: Mary Paterson at Spike Island in Bristol from 3 January to 31 March

Residency: Mary Paterson will be at Spike Island in Bristol from Tuesday 3 January to Friday 31 March 2017.


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.

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.