Poetry and Art

The summer has well and truly started – though the weather has yet to get the message – which means that our fantastic events programme is underway!

Friday 17th of June was the Live Poetry Evening. This event showcased poetry that had been produced at our Looking Beyond poetry workshop the week before. We would like to extend a huge thanks to all of the poets who took part in the workshop and in the poetry evening. The poetic responses that the participants produced were wonderfully poignant, and made me think much deeper about the way that visual art is viewed and interpreted. Art does not end with the image, but continues to grow in the imaginations and sparks of inspiration in each individual viewer. This poetry made me think differently about pieces of art in the exhibition that I had seen so often, and yet always the same. It is exciting to discover new perspectives in a familiar environment!

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These poems were used as inspiration for the zine-making workshop that was held on Friday 24th of June.  The zines produced are to be displayed in the exhibition space – so make sure you head over to the exhibition to read the poems for yourself displayed in beautiful handmade zines.


The Looking Beyond events programme is running throughout July, so be sure to check out the Events page for more information!







5 Days to Go: Walking Through the Gallery…

We are now in the last week of planning before opening – and are  looking forward to installing all of the pieces that we have chosen! Over the next 6 days, in the run up to opening on Saturday (7th May), we will be posting daily blogs to whet your appetite for  Looking Beyond. We hope you’re as excited as we are to see the exhibition on display!

Our blog post today comes from Rose – a member of our Marketing Team – about her interest in visitor behaviour:

As someone interested in why and how people visit museums and galleries, I was struck by John Christie’s unusual behaviour as a visitor in the Sainsbury Centre. Unlike the slow and steady wander performed by many gallery-goers, Christie negotiates the space with confidence in order to engage with his favourite works. As is described in Lapwing and Fox, their upcoming collaboration, he feels a initial pull from Giacometti’s Self Portrait and uses it as his own centre of gravity in the gallery. Aware of the watchful eyes in the largely figurative collection, he feels ‘surrounded by eyes’ and performs re-enactments of the artists to provoke the drawings and sculptures to return his gaze in different ways.

Giacometti Christie gesture self portraitI challenge you to look at visitor behaviour in the Sainsbury Centre, or in other galleries, and think about why they perform certain rituals and habits. What do you often do when visiting a gallery, and why?

If you have an unusual way to approach art, do get in touch as I am very curious to find out! Tweet at us @LookingBeyond16 or use #LookingBeyond16

Illustration by Rose Hughes.