Slade School of Fine Art



Making Space

A project exploring artistic process organized by Patricia Townsend and the Slade School of Fine Art PhD students.

Exhibition and Related Events

The Making Space exhibition took place at Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, and was open to the public from 20th-25th February 2012. Participating artists were:

John Aiken, Ed Allington, Sian Bonnell, Sonia Bridge, David Burrows, Fiona Curran, Michael Delacruz, Susan Derges, Simon Faithfull, Gina Glover, Judith Goddard, Dryden Goodwin, David Johnson, Sharon Kivland, Laura Kuch, Leah Lovett, Laura Malacart, George Meyrick, Russell Mills, Lisa Milroy, Eleanor Morgan, Aaron Murphy, Hayley Newman, Deborah Padfield, Jayne Parker, 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.

The theme of the exhibition was artistic process and prior to the exhibition 26 of the participating artists were interviewed about their process. These interviews were conducted by Patricia Townsend and audio recordings were included in the exhibition in a sound installation.

In the week prior to the exhibition, some of the Woburn galleries were used as studio spaces by Slade PhD students. This enabled both the production of new works and experimentation with alternative ways of installing new and existing pieces.

The exhibition attracted approximately 1000 visitors, including groups of students from adult education colleges who were offered guided tours as part of a public engagement programme.

The Conference – Psychoanalysis and Artistic Process

The associated conference, which took place at Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1 on 25th February, aimed to create a space in which artists and psychoanalysts could be in dialogue with one another about artistic process. The speakers were: Grayson Perry, Martin Creed and Sharon Kivland (artists) and Kenneth Wright, Valerie Sinason and Lesley Caldwell (psychoanalysts). The day was divided into 3 sessions with one psychoanalyst and one artist participating in each. The speakers gave 20 min presentations–the artist speaking about his or her process, the analyst about psychoanalytic ideas related to artistic process. These short talks were followed by an extended dialogue between the artist and psychoanalyst. The conference programme also included a visit to the exhibition in Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square.

The conference was free of charge and open to the public. It was fully booked (346 places) with a waiting list of 150.

Videos of the conference are online on Vimeo.

The project was funded by:

Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.
UCL Graduate School Research Projects Fund
The Psychoanalysis Unit, UCL
SLASH Public Engagement Programme. 

Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Artistic Process

Patricia Townsend has edited the special edition of Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Artistic Process (February 2014). Its contents arise from Making Space. See

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