1st – 31st October 2021

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Black Text: A Covert Physical Manifestation in the Discursive Field, Katrina Palmer, 2021

On the Western

Window Pane

‘On the Western Window Pane’ is a new year long fundraising project organised by the Van Gogh House, presenting 12 artist designed, limited edition posters in its front, West facing window. Katrina Palmer has made our October poster.

Artists and writers were invited to create posters drawing out the many-layered narratives from the building’s remarkable history. Each artist has taken their own approach, from coming of age, to colour and unionism. 

About the Artist:

Katrina Palmer

Katrina Palmer correlates an expanded sculptural practice with writing and associated forms including audio works, performances and signs. Objects, bodies and voices proposed in this writing are often precariously situated between absence and full emergence in the social space.

Among her exhibitions are Hello and Retreat (England’s Creative Coast, 2021); The Coffin Jump (Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 14-18 NOW, 2018); The Necropolitan Line (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2015); End Matter (Artangel, 2015).

She has authored three books with Book Works, London, (2010, 2014, 2015) and contributed to multiple publications including the Documents of Contemporary Art series, Whitechapel Gallery/MIT (2013, 2021).

Palmer received the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, 2014. She teaches at the Ruskin School of Art, and lives in London.

About the Poster:

Black Text: A Covert Physical Manifestation in the Discursive Field


“Black Text is manifestly the title page of a written work. The painted paper and words propose the construction of the missing work that is attributed to the author/publisher named Palmer. This name appears in place of the author/publisher’s African name, that was erased as part of the transatlantic slave trade.”

– Katrina Palmer

Installation shot of 'Black Text: A Covert Physical Manifestation in the Discursive Field' in our western window pane

Van Gogh & Keats

A letter from Van Gogh’s early days in London contained a transcription of a poem by John Keats called ‘The Eve of St. Mark’. One of the verses contains the line ‘on the western window panes’ and continues to describe how the whole world seems to be reflected and contained in this piece of glass:

‘And, on the western window panes,

The chilly sunset faintly told

Of unmatur’d green valleys cold,

Of the green thorny bloomless hedge,

Of rivers new with spring-tide sedge,

Of primroses by shelter’d rills,

And daisies on the aguish hills’


The verse captures Van Gogh House’s approach to this project, seeing the building as a portal to an endlessly rich body of themes and conversations.

Further education materials around the influence of Keats on Van Gogh can be found in our Learning area, under Learning Activities

The Project

As with many other small arts organisations, the Van Gogh House was severely affected by the pandemic. By selling posters, Van Gogh House hopes to support the artists involved and use the income to fund future projects.

A new poster will be installed on the first of each month until March 2022, with 12 posters in total. We encourage everyone to place their posters in their windows, and to share  their thoughts and reflections with us.

Get Involved

What do you think about this poster? How would you have responded to Keats’ poem? Would you show the poster in your window?

Take part in the conversation by:

  • filling out our virtual guestbook, click here
  • writing to our social media
  • or post us a letter:


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2021/2022 Series


Brighid Lowe, Madeleine Pledge, Lesley Sharpe, Allison Katz, Jordan & Frank Baseman, Ye Funa, Katrina Palmer, Aisha Farr & Will Harris, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Gray Wielebinski, Tom Lovelace and Feifei Zhou.


With thanks to Benjamin Arthur Brown for curating the project, Klaudia Bebenek for her help in producing this project, Omnicolour for printing the posters, and to the artists involved.

Press Pack

Download the press release here. For enquiries, please write to Eleanor at press@vangoghhouse.co.uk