Katie Paterson (born 1981, Scotland) is widely regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation. Collaborating with scientists and researchers across the world, Paterson’s projects consider our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change. Her artworks make use of sophisticated technologies and specialist expertise to stage intimate, poetic and philosophical engagements between people and their natural environment. Combining a Romantic sensibility with a research-based approach, conceptual rigour and coolly minimalist presentation, her work collapses the distance between the viewer and the most distant edges of time and the cosmos.

Katie Paterson has broadcast the sounds of a melting glacier live, mapped all the dead stars, compiled a slide archive of darkness from the depths of the Universe, created a light bulb to simulate the experience of moonlight, and sent a recast meteorite back into space. Eliciting feelings of humility, wonder and melancholy akin to the experience of the Romantic sublime, Paterson's work is at once understated in gesture and yet monumental in scope.

Katie Paterson has exhibited internationally, from London to New York, Berlin to Seoul, and her works have been included in major exhibitions including Turner Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, Tate Britain, Kunsthalle Wien, MCA Sydney, Guggenheim Museum, and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. She was winner of the Visual Arts category of the South Bank Awards, and is an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University.

Solo Exhibitions

Future Library
100 Year Commission
Oslo, Norway, 2014-2114

Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye
Commission for Apple Park Visitor’s Center, USA, 2022

The Earth Has Many Keys
NYLO The Living Art Museum
Reykjavík, Iceland, 2021

NOW: Katie Paterson
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Edinburgh, UK, 2019-21

First There is a Mountain
Touring commission
25 venues, UK, 2019

Utah Museum of Modern Art
USA, 2017

From Earth into a Black Hole
James Cohan
New York, USA, 2016

Katie Paterson
Centre PasquArt
Biel, Switzerland, 2016

Permanent commission with Zeller&Moye

University of Bristol, UK, 2016

Somerset House
London, UK, 2016

The Lowry
Salford, UK, 2016

Le Champ du Ciel, Field of the Sky
FRAC Frache Comté
Besançon, France, 2015

Ingleby Gallery
Edinburgh, UK, 2014

Jupiter Artland
Edinburgh, UK, 2014

Cine Dreams
Planetarium of the City of Milan, Trussardi Foundation
Italy, 2014

Kunstverein & Stiftung Springhornhof
Neuenkirchen, Germany, 2014

Second Moon
Locus+, commission

Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky
Collaboration with the European Space Agency

In Another Time
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre
UK, 2013

Katie Paterson
Kettle’s Yard
Cambridge, UK, 2013

Katie Paterson
London, UK, 2013

Inside this Desert
BAWAG Contemporary
Vienna, Austria, 2012

100 Billion Suns
Haunch of Venison
London, UK, 2012

Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky
Exhibition Road Show, Olympics, commission
London, UK, 2012

FOCUS: Katie Paterson
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Texas, USA, 2012

Katie Paterson
Seoul, South Korea, 2011

James Cohan
New York, USA, 2011

Haunch of Venison
London, UK, 2010

Every Night About This Time
Whitstable Biennale, commission
Whitstable, UK, 2010

Streetlight Storm
Turner Contemporary, and Whitstable Biennale, commission
Deal pier, UK, 2009

Katie Paterson
London, UK, 2008

Encounters, Katie Paterson
Modern Art Oxford
Oxford, UK, 2008

Group Exhibitions

Light and Language
Lismore Castle Arts
Lismore, Ireland, 2021

Hotel Beethoven
Brussels, Belgium, 2020-21

Under the Stars
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia, 2020

Back to Earth
Serpentine Galleries
London, UK, 2020

Ander Mikalson and Katie Paterson: Artworks to Sonify and Colorize the Universe
Simons Center Gallery, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
Stony Brook University, NY, 2020

To Bough and To Bend
Bridge Projects
Santa Monica, Los Angeles, 2020

Resistance of the Sleepers
Beijing, China, 2020

One Way Ticket to Mars
Kunsthal KAde
Amersfoort, Netherlands, 2020

Art Experiment: You're on Air
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Moscow, Russia, 2020

Stupor and tremolo. Sound Stories.
Halles aux Arts, Frac Franche-Comté
France, 2020

An Infinite and Omniverous Sky
University Galleries of Illinois State University
Illinois, USA, 2020

The Time is Now
Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield
UK, 2019-20

Fly Me To The Moon
Museum de Moderne Salzburg; Kunsthaus Zürich

Somerset House
London, UK, 2019

Moving to Mars
The Design Museum
London, UK, 2019

Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment
Western Carolina University Museum
USA, 2019

L’Odysée des livres sauvés
Musée de l’imprimerie et de la communication graphique
Lyon, France, 2019

Foto Museum Antwerp
Belgium, 2019

The Other Place
Denmark, 2019

The Moon
National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich
London, UK, 2019

Night at Day
Centro Cultural Matucana 100
Santiago, Chile, 2019

The Moon: From Inner Worlds To Outer Space
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
Oslo, Norway, 2019

The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Denmark, 2018

In Pursuit of Elusive Horizons
London, UK, 2018

Jacob’s Ladder
Ingleby Gallery
Edinburgh, UK, 2018

Astronomy Victorious: Understanding our Universe
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK, 2018

St Cecilia’s Hall
Edinburgh, UK, 2018

Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World
Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas, USA, 2018

A Measure of Humanity
Columbus Museum of Art
Ohio, USA, 2018

Seven Exhibitions
Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam
Germany, 2018

Slow Violence
University of Hertfordshire Arts
Hatfield, UK, 2018

Actions. The image of the world can be different
Kettle's Yard
Cambridge, UK, 2018

Life Time: Biological Clocks of the Universe
MU, Eindhoven
The Netherlands, 2018

Scaling the Sublime: art at the limits of landscape
Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Nottingham, UK, 2018

ALTANA Kulturstiftung
Bad Homburg vd Höhe, Germany, 2018

Apocalypse – End Without End
Natural History Museum Bern
Switzerland, 2018

Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art
Guangzhou, China, 2018

Musee Zadkine
Paris, France, 2017

Islands, Constellations and Galapagos
Yokohama Triennale
Japan, 2017

Gray Matters
The Wexner Center for the Arts
Ohio, USA, 2017

Thinktank Science Museum
Birmingham, UK, 2017

Paysages révélés
Musée de Jouet
Moirans-en-Montagne, France, 2017

and per se and, Part III
Ingleby Gallery
Edinburgh, UK, 2017

A Certain Kind of Light
Towner Art Gallery
Eastbourne, UK, 2017

Between Poles and Tides
Talbot Rice Gallery
Edinburgh, UK, 2017

The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)
Gwangju Biennale
South Korea, 2016

The Distant Unknown
Shanghai, China, 2016

Starry Skies of Art
Serlachius Museum
Mänttä, Finland, 2016

Oeuvres. On precision, repetition and obsession
Slewe Gallery
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016

Real Time
Arts Santa Monica
Barcelona, Spain, 2016

Setting Out
New York, USA, 2016

A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham
Henry Moore Institute
Leeds, UK, 2016

The Forces Behind the Forms
Galerie im Taxispalais
Innsbruck, Austria, 2016

The Forces Behind the Forms
Museen Haus Lange Und Haus Esters
Krefeld, Germany, 2016

The Forces Behind the Forms
Kunstmuseum Thun
Switzerland, 2016

Garage Rotterdam
Netherlands, 2015

Threads: A Phantasmagoria about Distance
Kaunas Biennial
Lithuania, 2015

Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty
Contemporary Jewish Museum
San Francisco, USA, 2015

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, USA, 2015

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Vienna, Austria, 2015

How to Construct a Time Machine
MK Gallery
Milton Keynes, UK, 2015

Listening, Hayward Touring Show
Baltic39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK
SITE Gallery and Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Art Exchange and Firstsite, Colchester, UK


Dead Reckoning: Whorled Explorations
Kochi-Muziris Biennale
India, 2014

Rumors of the Météore
FRAC Lorraine
Metz, France, 2014

Outer Space
Bonn, Germany, 2014

Stroom den Haag
The Hague, Netherlands, 2014

The Fifth Season
James Cohan Gallery
New York, USA, 2014

Laisser les sons aller où ils vont
FRAC Franche-Comté
Besançon, France, 2014

They Used to Call it the Moon
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead, UK, 2014

Worlds in Collision: Adelaide International 2014
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
Adelaide, Australia, 2014

A Planetary Order
Christian Ehrentraut
Berlin, Germany, 2014

Republic of the Moon
Arts Catalyst, Bargehouse
London, UK, 2014

Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Auckland Art Museum, New Zealand
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates

East Wing Biennial
The Courtauld Institute of Art
London, UK, 2013

Curiosity: Art, Wonder & the Pleasures of Knowing
Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
Castle Museum & Art Gallery Norwich, UK
de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dissident Futures
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, USA, 2013

Foreign Bodies, Common Ground
Wellcome Collection
London, UK, 2013

Various Small Fires
Los Angeles, USA, 2013

Suicide Narcissus
The Renaissance Society
The University of Chicago, USA, 2013

Tipping Point
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
UK, 2013

The Piano
Art Gallery of Alberta
Canada, 2013

Now Here is also Nowhere
The Henry Art Gallery
Seattle, USA, 2013

The Unseen
The Fourth Guangzhou Triennial
China, 2012

Museo Arqueológico Martins Sarmento
Guimarães, Portugal, 2012

Nuit Blanche
Canada, 2012

Expanded Drawing
Casal Solleric
Palma, Spain, 2012

The Sculpture Show
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Edinburgh, UK, 2012

Marking Time
Museum of Contemporary Art
Sydney, Australia, 2012

Light and Landscape
Storm King Art Center
New York, USA, 2012

100 Billion Suns (Venice)
Haunch of Venison and AnOther Magazine
during the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2011

Meer licht
Museum de Fundatie
Zwolle, Netherlands, 2011

Seeing is Knowing: the Universe
Weitz Center for Creativity
Minnesota, USA, 2011

Incheon Woman Artist's Biennale
South Korea, 2011

Nuit Blanche
France, 2011

Mystics or Rationalists?
Ingleby Gallery
Edinburgh, UK, 2011

As the World Turns
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Sydney, Australia, 2011

Manchester, UK, 2011

Wild Sky
Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst
Oldenburg, Germany, 2011

Space. About a Dream
Kunsthalle Wien
Austria, 2011

Cage Mix
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead, UK, 2010

London, UK, 2010

noire et pourtant lumineuse
Matthew Bown Gallery
Berlin, Germany, 2010

Map Marathon: Maps for the 21st Century
Serpentine Gallery
London, UK, 2010

New York, USA, 2009

Bonniers Konsthall
Stockholm, Sweden, 2009

Universal Code
The Power Plant
Toronto, Canada, 2009

Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts
Nottingham, UK, 2009

Contemporary Eye: Material Matters
Pallant House Gallery
Chichester, UK, 2009

Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009
Tate Britain
London, UK, 2009

Dead Air
FRAC Collection Aquitaine
Bordeaux, France, 2009

Mallorca, Spain, 2009

Awards and Residencies

The Arts Council Collection commission
70th Anniversary

UK, 2016

The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize
(PIAC), shortlisted

France, 2015

The South Bank Sky Arts Award
Visual Art category
UK, 2015

Artist in Residence
CCA Andratx
Mallorca, Spain, 2015

Honorary Fellowship
Edinburgh University
UK, 2013

Artist in Residence
Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust
UK, 2012

Joanna Drew Travel Bursary
Hayward Gallery
UK, 2011

John Florent Stone Fellow
Edinburgh College of Art
UK, 2010-11

Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award
Physics & Astronomy Department, UCL
UK, 2010-11

Vauxhall Collective
UK, 2010

Darwin Now Award
British Council
UK, 2009

Creative 30
UK, 2008

Public Collections

Art Gallery of New South Wales


Art Institute of Chicago


Arts Council Collection


Artsonje Center

South Korea

AT&T, Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium


Berkeley Art Museum Collection


Concordia College


Edinburgh University




FRAC Franche-Comté


FRAC Lorraine


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

New York, USA


Paris, France

Musee D’Art Classique de Mougins


Princeton University Library


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art


Stanford University Libraries


University of Alberta


University of Stirling


University of Warwick


Zabludowicz Collection