Rosemary Mayer: Ways of Attaching

October 8, 2022 - January 15, 2023

Spike Island Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom

Curated by Robert Leckie

Ways of Attaching is the first institutional survey exhibition of artist Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014). It spans three decades of Mayer’s prolific and varied practice, from fabric sculptures, artist’s books and ephemeral installations of the 1970s through to ink drawings and pastels from the 1980s and 90s.

Interview with the Curator

Installation Views

Photo credit: Dan Weill


Lecture by Jenni Sorkin: “Dead Heroines”

In connection with Rosemary Mayer’s exhibition “Ways of Attaching,” art historian Jenni Sorkin leads an online lecture. Sorkin expands on the wider context of Mayer’s early works, exploring the artist’s search for matrilineal antecedents in the 1970s, and analysing her materials, forms and titles through the lens of historical feminist practices.