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

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.

Current Events

February 27th 2021: Guest speaker at the conference, Fantasy, Creativity and the World We Live In: Responses to Freud's ‘Creative Writers and Daydreaming’. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Boston MA. - View event page here.

Past Events

21st October 2020: Speaker at the Private View event for the exhibition ‘Melancholia’ at the Freud Museum, London.
Access the video of the event here.

February 4th 2020: Artist’s talk 'Creative States of Mind’ at The Ruskin, Lancaster University, in relation to the exhibition Ruskin: Museum of the Near Future.

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 Room, 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 Associations 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.

Freud Museum, London, 16th July 2019: Celebration of the publication of ‘Creative States of Mind: Psychoanalysis and the Artist’s Process’. Patricia will be in conversation with Ken Wright (psychoanalyst) and Gina Glover (artist/photographer).

The launch for Patricia’s book ‘Creative States of Mind: Psychoanalysis and the Artist’s Process’ took place at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, on May 15th 2019. Patricia was in conversation with Professor Dryden Goodwin (Slade School of Fine Art) and Professor Ken Robinson (Psychoanalyst). Access a video of the event here.




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.