Katie Paterson. Hollow: An Artwork in the Making

4 Dec 2015 – 6 Dec 2015

Regular hours

12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00


England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Most city centre bus services stop within walking distance of Arnolfini. The nearest stops are at The Centre and Queen Square.
  • Arnolfini is a 15 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station. A taxi rank can be found outside the station.

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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.

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Exhibiting artists

Katie Paterson


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