To celebrate the opening of our first ever large-scale exhibition, I just thought I would share the fully interactive PDF of our exhibition which contains all the artwork and poetry from our 15 month project.
We hope you enjoy the 15 new artworks and the 60 poems all celebrating and modernising Ovid’s Metamorphoses for new audiences. It also includes two great Ovid/poetry and art forewords by classicist Emma Bridges and art critic Anna McNay.
A few of our Hanse House preparation and exhibition pictures thus far, including our schools’ day:
Everyone responded so positively to the poetry and art. On the Schools’ Day we had a fantastic poetry reading. We had the pupils from King Edward VII’s School reading poetry. Greg Mackie’s, poem Hope and Defiance got read out by one of the pupils; Eleanor Perry’s poem of beginning was read out too amongst others. Every Transformer’s poetry was given an airing across the exhibition weekend. The pupils were 100% engaged, and responded to the poetry-art combination amazingly well. Artist, Heather Burns, described her painting, so did James Mackenzie and Rob Fitzmaurice. Heather also read out Kate Garrett’s Maybe Medea too, as well as James Knights‘ Scylla . And as you can see from the pictures the pupils loved the use of comic strip in Sara Mena’s picture Strength and Disgrace.
Elizabeth Fernandez’ and Lisa Perz’ comic strip was also praised. The concept of using comic strip as an entry point to complicated material works! There were clusters of pupils around the comic strip/cartoons. It was great.
The one-word evaluation sheet went down well too- the responses ranged from SICK!, to mystical, to thought-provoking. to powerful, to EPIC! This is really great feedback. Here is a soundcloud audio that James Mackenzie and I did (having met for the first time) to give you an idea!
The Heritage Open Day was a complete success, and by the end of the day 402 people had heard the Transformers poetry and viewed their pictures. Congratulations to them all!! More pictures of all of this will follow…..
I shall post another update soon!
Thanks so much for your interest!
All good wishes,