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Join us for a discussion with artist Paula Morison about What is (the) Time? a collaborative mail art project exploring time in relation to the ways in which we communicate which has seen the artist sending letters to people – friends, academics, artists, old acquaintances and more besides – to ask what the time is. and building an archive from their replies.

For this event, Paula will be joined by Jennifer Brough and Martha Jordan to discuss this commission in relation to wider concerns about time and their own research.

This commission is a collaboration with Radar. During 2020/21 Radar are commissioning and showcasing artistic work exploring time, and related concepts, in collaboration with Loughborough University’s Institute of Advanced Studies’ year-long focus on the topic.

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.

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. Jennifer has been exchanging communications with Paula for the On Time commission.

Martha Jordan, is a Fine Art student from Birmingham, studying at Loughborough University. Whilst she appreciates many different art forms, her preference is pen drawings. Martha has been communicating with Paula through a series of letter exchanges.

Recorded 9 July 2021.