Professor Cathy Turner

Research through practice

Artists' publications

  • A Mis-Guide to Anywhere, Wrights & Sites with Tony Weaver, W&S, Exeter, 2006.
  • An Exeter Mis-Guide, Wrights & Sites with Tony Weaver, W&S, Exeter, 2003.
  • A Courtauld Mis-Guide, Wrights & Sites and Tony Weaver, W&S, Exeter 2003. Commissioned by the Courtauld Institute for their ‘Urban Networks’ exhibition, 2003-5.

Artworks, curation and performance

  • 2012 Ambulant Architectures, with Wrights & Sites, for Sideways, a festival of walking, Belgium
  • 2010 Everything you need to build a town is here, with Wrights & Sites, public art commission from Situations,funded by CABE as part of Wonders of Weston (
  • 2008 Mis-Guided: Elsewhere in Fribourg, with Wrights & Sites and Belluard Bollwerk International Festival: artistic director, curator, consultant for 6 ‘Mis-Guide’ events taking inspiration from Wrights & Sites initial concept. Contribution to 'Mis-information Office' as a base for the project. Funded by BBI.
  • 2007 Mis-Guide: Stadtverführungen in Wien, with Wrights & Sites, Tanzquartier Wien and Wienerfestwochen: artistic director, curator, consultant for 16 ‘Mis-Guide’ events taking inspiration from Wrights & Sites initial concept. Funded by TQW and the Wiener Festwochen.
  • 2007 Possible Forests, with Wrights & Sites, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World. A project involving a playful re-mapping of the forest, culminating in an exhibition and practical forum at CCANW. Funded by CCANW and Wrights & Sites.
  • 2004     Blue Boy Walks, with Wrights & Sites, commissioned by Spacex Gallery, Exeter to accompany their ‘Homeland’ exhibition, Exeter City Centre and Winchester.
  • 2002     And On The Thousandth Night…, improvised performance with Forced Entertainment, Kunsten Festival Des Arts, Brussels.
  • 1999     The Quay Thing, with Wrights & Sites. A major A4E funded site-specific project on Exeter’s Quayside.


  • 2009 Nora and I, dramaturgical consultant for devised work by Marianne Sharp, Winchester (ACE-funded)
  • 2008     Writing Space, a practical research project exploring new dramaturgical practice for work with performance writers across an expanded field. Supported by AHRC research grant (£13,000).
  • 2007     An Infinite Line: contributor to Dramaturgical Labs which formed preliminary research for this work by Fevered Sleep, shown as part of the Brighton Festival in 2008.
  • 1995     Platform 4. Co-produced a season of new writing, working in collaboration with Theatre Alibi.

Theatre Writing

  • 2013 Of Gardens, audio piece for Exeplorer, Ignite Festival, Exeter
  • 2003     Three Writings/Wrightings – three performance-as-research projects, funded by Arts Council England and documented by Arts Archives. Air, with Dorinda Hulton and Peter Hulton, Exeter tEXt Festival; Camden People’s Theatre, London; Exeter University. I Am Going Outside And May Be Some Time, with Jane Munro, Exeter Phoenix. An Alliance, with Julia Barclay, Exeter University.
  • 2001 Outer Space/Inner Space with Phil Smith at the Physics Department, Exeter University. Funded by NESTA, EPSRC, SWA and IOP. It toured schools in southern England.
  • 2000 Eric’s Wasteland, Commissioned by Devon Arts In Schools Initiative, performed by and in three Devon schools.
  • 1999 Pure Gold and Moonshine, a short play commissioned by Paines Plough, Bristol Old Vic.
  • 1999 Chandler's Carousel, commissioned by The Common Players. Touring nationally.
  • 1999 The Podfather, commissioned by The Common Players. Touring nationally.
  • 1997 The Golden Fleece, commissioned by The Common Players. Touring nationally.
  • 1997 Richard IV or The Stuff of Dreams, The Northcott Theatre, Exeter.
  • 1997 The Man Who Would be King, The Northcott Theatre, Exeter.
  • 1996 Northanger Abbey, The Northcott Theatre, Exeter.
  • 1996 The Lone Rooster, The Common Players. Touring the West Country.
  • 1996 A Savage Song, commissioned by The Common Players. Touring the West Country.
  • 1993 Venus and Adonis, devised with Orchard Theatre.
  • 1993 The Seven Voyages of Pericles, The Common Players, touring the West Country.
  • 1993 Glorious Death, Produced and directed by Theatre Alibi, for the Platform 4 new writing season.
  • 1992 The Fox's Tale, devised with Orchard Theatre. An outdoor/pub show touring North Devon.