Katie Paterson is an internationally renowned artist who collaborates with scientists and researchers across the world. Her work focuses on time and space and our place in the world. Katie’s piece A place that exists only in moonlight was featured in The Moon exhibition at the National Maritime Museum (July 2019-January 2020).

Katie's residency at Royal Museums Greenwich

Katie was practitioner in residence at Royal Museums Greenwich from October 2019 until June 2021.

Based in Scotland, she divided her residency into focussed visits to Greenwich, which included spending time in the studio, meeting curators and exploring the collection. While her residency was disrupted by national lockdowns and the continued effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, she continued remotely, and when allowed, she was able to travel to Greenwich again for a few final visits.

Find out more about some of Katie's projects below.


A close up of a primary school art project

During her residency, Katie worked with polar scientist Prem Gill to facilitate a workshop with a local primary school on the theme of Antarctica. The children created their own artworks and made their own messages for the white continent.

See the artworks here

The Earth Has Many Keys

Artist Katie Paterson looks through a magnifying glass at her work Fossil Necklace, a necklace comprising 170 fossils carved into spherical beads
Katie Paterson with Fossil Necklace (© MJC Exhibition view Kettle’s Yard)

To mark World Oceans Day 2021, Katie recorded a podcast with writer Andri Snær Magnason, discussing the impact of climate change on the world.

Listen here

After the residency

We will continue to work with Katie on future programming as her practice aligns so well with Royal Museums Greenwich's themes: art, space, history and climate. 

Find out more about Katie's work at katiepaterson.org

Image of the Rethink Gallery

Residencies at Royal Museums Greenwich

Find out more about the Residency Programme at Royal Museums Greenwich – an exciting, collaborative initiative for practitioners of all mediums to explore, interrogate and to bring to life the collections

Main image © Giorgia Polizzi, 2013