Writing the Time, with Paula Morison and Correspondents

Fri 9 July 2021, 2:00pm - 3:30pm at Online

On Time

(Photo credit: Paula Morison)

Over the last few months the artist Paula Morison has been sending letters to people asking them what the time is. Some have responded straightforwardly, others less so. Some respondents have now become regular correspondents, sending weekly updates on the time, how they've spent their time, and much more. Others have questioned the ways in which our society understands, values and uses time. Morison is curating up an archive of correspondence to inform future development of the work.

This event, hosted by Eastside Projects, who co-commissioned Morison's work with Radar, will bring Morison into conversation with correspondents Martha Jordan and Jennifer Brough to discuss time, communication and productivity. 


Booking is free but essential and can be done here. Please note that booking is being handled by Eastside Projects.


This event will take place on Zoom, with A.I. generated live captioning available. If you have any specific access needs please email d.m.bell@lboro.ac.uk.

Paula Morison was born in Swindon in 1985. She studied at University of Wales, Institute Cardiff from 2005-2008 and Slade School of Fine Art, London from 2017-2019. She lives and works in London. Paula’s work is conceptually led and uses a variety of media. Her research focuses on how humans try to exert perceived control over their existence and how an individual might navigate various systems during this quest. She loves data, time and things that can be measured and recorded. Recent projects include Time Well Spent, a performance during which the artist aims to sew on a 1:1 scale map of a flat for the length of time it would take to buy that space in London; Wildfire (01.05.14 – 20.03.18), a digitally printed newspaper containing four years’ worth of collected news stories about wildfires; and Shipwrecks and Where There Are No Shipwrecks, a series of screenprints documenting where shipwrecks are and aren’t located around the British Isles. In 2018 Paula was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries which toured to South London Gallery, London and Liverpool School of Art & Design during the Liverpool Biennial. The same year she was also the recipient of the Red Mansion Art Prize which enabled her to undertake a month-long residency in Beijing. In response to this trip, she made work around language, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in May 2019. During 2019 Morison also exhibited at g39 in Cardiff, Daniel Benjamin Gallery in London and PS Mirabel in Manchester, and was shortlisted for The Clifford Chance Purchase Prize for printmaking. In 2020 Morison completed her first solo show in London at A Room Upstairs Gallery

Jennifer Brough is a writer and editor based in Birmingham, UK. She writes fiction, reviews, and personal essays exploring the body, gender, pain and disability, and art (particularly surrealism). She is currently working on her first poetry pamphlet. Jennifer is also involved in projects centred in disability and feminism, and is a member of resting up collective.

Martha Jordan is an 18 year old Fine Art student from Birmingham, studying in her first year at Loughborough University. She appreciates many different art forms, but primarily produces pen drawings. In addition to corresponding with Morison as part of 'What is (the) time?', Jordan was also a performer for Alison Ballard and Martin Lewis' 'An Hour', commissioned by Radar as part of On Time.


Paula Morison

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Extra Ordinary People

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Institute of Advanced Studies Time Programme

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