Katie Paterson studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 2000-2004 and at the Slade School of Art from 2005- 2007. Her artistic practice is cross-medium, multi-disciplinary and conceptually driven, with emphasis on nature, ecology, geology and cosmology. As Erica Burton, curator at Modern Art Oxford has said “Katie Paterson’s work engages with the landscape, as a physical entity and as an idea. Drawing on our experience of the natural world, she creates an expanded sense of reality beyond the purely visible”.

Recent projects include her one hundred year artwork Future Library, Fossil Necklace, Timepieces (Solar System) and a series of Campo del Cielo meteorites in which ancient meteorites have been cast, melted and re-cast in their original form. In 2014, Paterson became the first artist to send an art work to the International Space Station when the smallest of these meteorites was launched into space and docked with the ISS. A major new public artwork, Hollow, will be unveiled for the Department of Life Sciences, University of Bristol, in May 2016. Totality (2016) – a commission with Arts Council Collection and Somerset House – is a mirror ball comprising over 10,000 images of solar eclipses, nearly every one that has been documented by humankind either by illustration or photography and is on display at Somerset House, April – May 2016.

Paterson’s work has been exhibited as part major group exhibitions such as Tate Triennale (2009), the landmark touring exhibition Light Show first presented by the Hayward Gallery (2013) and Storylines at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015).

In January 2014, Paterson was announced as the recipient of the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Visual Art. In 2015 Paterson was shortlisted for the 46th PIAC (Prix International d’Art Contemporain / International Prize for Contemporary Art) for her artwork Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky (2014). Paterson’s work is held in public collections internationally including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and Frac Franche-Comté, France.

Katie Paterson
Katie Paterson
Glasgow, 1981

Past Exhibitions

Fly me to the Moon

Kunsthaus Zürich
05/04/2019 — 30/06/2019

Light Show

Sharjah Art Foundation
19/09/2015 — 12/12/2015

Solo Shows

Katie Paterson, Field of the Sky. Le Champ du Ciel, FRAC – Franche-Comté, Besançon

Katie Peterson, Evening Ness, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen
Katie Paterson: Ideas, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Katie Paterson: In Another Time, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Katie Paterson, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Katie Paterson, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Katie Paterson, Bawag Contemporary, Bawag Foundation, Vienna
Katie Paterson, Haunch of Venison, London, London
Focus: Katie Paterson, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

Group Shows

Die Kräfte Hinter Den Formen, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun (upcoming)
On connaît la musique, FRAC – Franche-Comté, Besançon
The Forces Behind The Forms. Geologic History, Matter And Process In Contemporary Art – Museen Haus Lange / Haus Esters, Krefeld
A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Setting Out, Apexart, New York City, NY

Die Kräfte Hinter Den Formen, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck
Listening, Art Exchange, Colchester
Light Show, Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah
Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty, The Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
Light Show, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, MCA, Sydney, NSW
Listening, Site Gallery, Sheffield
Life in a Castle, Works from the Collection, Musée Départemental d’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart
On precision, repetition and obsession, Slewe Galerie, Amsterdam
Rare Earth, T-B A21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
How to Construct a Time Machine, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014, Balkrishna Bungalow Opp., Kandarpadar Police Station, Mumbai
They Used To Call It The Moon, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Rumeurs du Météore, 49 NORD 6 EST – Frac Lorraine, Metz
Listening, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Curiosity, de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam
The Fifth Season, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York City, NY
Laisser les sons aller où ils vont, FRAC – Franche-Comté, Besançon
They Used to Call it the Moon, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
They Used to Call it the Moon, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cine Dreams, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan
Worlds in Collision: Adelaide International 2014, The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, SA
Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn
Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing, The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall
INTERACT: Deconstructing Spectatorship, Courtauld Gallery, London
A Planetary Order, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin

Audible Forces, Exhibit 320, New Delhi
Dissident Futures Annex, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Foreign Bodies, Common Ground, Wellcome Collection, London
Life: On The Moon, Various Small Fires (VSF), Los Angeles, CA
Dissident Futures, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Curiosity: Art And The Pleasures Of Knowing, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
Suicide Narcissus, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
The Wizard`s Chamber, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur
Reason & Emotion, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen
Curiosity: Art and the Pleasure of Knowing, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent
The Piano, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
[Un]Seen, Fountain Gallery, New York City, NY
Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London
Now Here is also Nowhere: Part II, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Illuminated, QUAD Gallery, Derby
The Unseen, Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Light and Landscape, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
Marking Time, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney – MCA, Sydney, NSW
New Horizons – Landscape and the Contemporary Romantic, Kunstraum t27, Berlin
Object Fictions, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York City, NY

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Glasgow Country of birth: UK Date of birth: 1981 Lives in: Berlin, Germany