Abi Palmer is an artist and writer. In 2020, she was selected to be part of Artangel's grant and mentorship programme Thinking Time, then in 2023 she created Abi Palmer Invents the Weather in collaboration with her cats, Cha-U-Kao and Lola Lola.
Key works includes Sanatorium (Penned in the Margins, 2020), a fragmented memoir, jumping between luxury thermal pool, and blue inflatable bathtub; and Crip Casino, an interactive gambling arcade parodying the wellness industry and institutionalised spaces. Crip Casino has been exhibited at Tate Modern, Somerset House, Wellcome Collection, and Collective Edinburgh.
Palmer has also been commissioned by Wysing Arts Centre, BBC Radio, Vice News, Wellcome, the Guardian and Shape Arts. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's Awards for Artists and Sanatorium was shortlisted for the Barbellion Prize.
Abi Palmer Invents the Weather is part of The Artangel Collection. Comissioned as one of Artangel's contributions to the The World Weather Network, a constellation of weather stations set up by 28 arts agencies around the world, formed in response to the climate emergency.
Initially live streamed on TANKtv, the films were released week by week in March 2023 with the accompanying talk show held between Palmer and special guests, including J.R. Carpenter, Sop and An(Dre)a Spisto, Gabrielle de la Puente and Nick Murray.