25 Apr - 30 May 2018

Course: The Written Eye - Poetry & Photography

Wednesdays 25 April - 30 May, 18.30 - 20.30

Over six weeks writer and artist SJ Fowler leads an exploration of the post-war traditions of modern photography and avant-garde poetry in both practice and theory.

As forms of artistic expression, both poetry and photography can convey a narrative or story without certainty or being merely descriptive. However both the poetic or photographic act are often still perceived as solitary pursuits, occurring in isolation from other creative acts. This course reveals the connections, potentials and co-habitations of poetry and photography, where collaboration enhances each medium whilst evoking what makes them so uniquely compelling. 

Participants will discover poets from around the world as well as photographers who have exhibited at The Photographer’s Gallery, covering ideas surrounding composition, language, light, sound, space, printing, narrative and writing, and revealing how these practises are fundamental to both arts. Collaborations between the media, from Dada to John Berger and Jean Mohr, will be shared and analysed throughout.

Primarily a practice-based course of creative and experimental writing, complimented with discussion and theory, this course will offer anybody interested in the visual or literary a chance to develop their own skills and understanding of new and original ways of simultaneously seeing and reading. Sessions are based in the galleries, where participants can share their own poetic and photographic works alongside the exhibitions, as well as through the gallery blog.

No prior experience is necessary.

Steven J Fowler is a writer and artist. He has published multiple collections of poetry and been commissioned by BBC Radio 3, Tate Britain, the London Sinfonietta, Wellcome Collection and Liverpool Biennial. He has read at festivals including Hay on Wye, Cervantino in Mexico, Berlin Literature Festival and Hay Xalapa. He was nominated for the White Review prize for Fiction in 2014 and has won awards from Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and Creative Scotland. His plays have been produced at Rich Mix, where he is associate artist, and his visual art has been exhibited at the V&A, Hardy Tree Gallery and Mile End Art Pavilion. He is curator of The Enemies Project and Poem Brut, editor at 3am magazine, and is the director of Writers' Centre Kingston.

£220/£200 members & concessions

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