Katrina Palmer

Date 07.10.15

Time 6.30 - 8.00pm

Location Arnolfini


A talk by Katrina Palmer at Arnolfini on the 07th October 2015.



Artist Katrina Palmer discusses her practice, key to which is a consideration of sculpture's association with bodily presence on the one hand and death or memorial on the other.

Katrina Palmer proposes an expanded conceptualisation of sculpture, through writing. In The Dark Object (Book Works, 2010), sculpture’s awkward relationship with conceptual art is presented through a student’s carnal fantasies in an ideologically oppressive institution. A book of short stories, The Fabricator’s Tale, was published in 2014. Her most recent work, End Matter, is an Artangel commission combining an audio installation on Portland, Dorset, with a broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and a book published by Book Works (2015). Here the island of Portland is perceived as a sculptural form, shaped by quarrying, that in turn provides a volatile context for the fabrication of narratives.

Forthcoming is a solo show for The Henry Moore Institute, 2015. Other exhibitions include MirrorCity, Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Dr Sinclair’s Drawer, Flat Time House, London (2014); Reality Flickers, MOT International, London (solo: 2014), 21st Century, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2013); From Morn ‘Til Midnight, Supportico Lopez, Berlin (2013); The Weight of Living, MOT International, London (2012); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (solo: 2011). Palmer has contributed to other publications including The Object: Documents of Contemporary Art series, Whitechapel Gallery/MIT (2014) and Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy of Art, London (2011).

Free for UWE staff and students with ID. £6 / £5 Concessions. To book tickets call Arnolfni box office on: +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01 or email: /

Organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, and the University of the West of England. Supported by Bristol City Council. Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.