September 2017: On Ther Shores shown at The British Academy for London Open House

June 2017: University of Palermo, Sicily. The Artist’s State of Mind. 34th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts.
June 24 - July 3rd 2017.

Graduate Show: Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Thursday 8th June – Sunday 18th June, 2017

September 16th 2015: Guest speaker at the private view of Ikke Til Salg. Trapholt, Denmark.

June 10th 2015: Painting With My Back to the Wall. Discussion related to the exhibition Agnes Martin. Tate Modern. Starr Auditorium.

June 2015: CONFER, London. Creating visual art: Psychoanalytic perspectives on the artist’s process and psychological needs. The Artist in Therapy. June 20th, 2015.

June 2015: University of Malta. How Artists Work: A psychoanalytic view of the artist's creative process. 32nd International Conference on Psychology and the Arts. June 24-28, 2015.

Making Space: Psychoanalysis and Artistic Process

In 2012, Patricia organized a day of dialogues between artists and psychoanalysts on the subject of
psychoanalysis and artistic process. Three artists, Grayson Perry, Martin Creed and Sharon Kivland
were paired with three psychoanalysts – Valerie Sinason, Lesley Caldwell and Kenneth Wright.
After short presentations by both artist and psychoanalyst, each pair entered into an extended
discussion about the interface between psychoanalysis and the artist’s process.

Some of the talks and discussions can be seen here.

Prior to the conference Patricia had interviewed 26 artists  about their creative process. All these
artists contributed work to an exhibition that ran alongside the conference. This exhibition included
work by John Aiken, Ed Allington, Sian Bonnell, Sonia Bridge, David Burrows, Fiona Curran, Michael
Delacruz, Susan Derges, Simon Faithfull, Errol Francis, Gina Glover, Judith Goddard, Dryden Goodwin,
David Johnson, Sharon Kivland, Laura Kuch, Tim Long, Leah Lovett, Laura Malacart, George Meyrick,
Russell Mills, Lisa Milroy, Eleanor Morgan, Aaron Murphy, Hayley Newman, Deborah Padfield, Jayne
Parker, Theresia Peng, Sarah Pickering, Liz Rideal, Nina Rodin, Henrietta Simson, Kai Syng Tan, Kay
Tabernacle, Johan Thom, Elly Thomas, Thomson and Craighead, Patricia Townsend, Jo Volley,
Veronica Vossen. Patricia’s own contribution to this exhibition was a sound installation, The Other
, in which audience members could listen to the interviews about artistic process via speakers
hanging from the ceiling.

Following the conference, Patricia was invited to guest edit a special edition of the journal Free
on Psychoanalysis and Artistic Process. This special edition was launched in March
2014 at an event at the Freud Museum with Grayson Perry and Valerie Sinason. It includes papers
or talks by all the conference speakers together with Patricia’s own article ‘A Life of its Own’,
drawing on her interviews with artists, and an afterword by Juliet Mitchell.

It can be accessed here.

Past Events


From Nov 23rd 2018 to Feb 3rd 2019, Patricia showed her new works Black Sun, Blue Light at Brantwood, Ruskin’s former home on Lake Coniston.