Poetry and language have been a source of inspiration for many of the artists in the Ahead of the Curve exhibition. Wan Liya's Birds' Twitter and Fragrance of Flowers is inscribed with verses from poems by Tang poet Lü Benzhong, and Chinese gates as poetic symbols are a strong presence in the work of Guan Donghai. Zhuang Xiaowei describes his practice as 'casting poetry into glass'. We sought to encourage visitors to discover the poetry of glass and clay for themselves through poetry readings and workshops.
On the 1st of November 2014, Ahead of the Curve exhibition venue The Wilson, Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery joined forces with Cheltenham Poetry Festival for a Poetry Private View with poet Alicia Stubberfield. In this intimate event Alicia Stubberfield read new, specially commissioned work inspired by the touring exhibition, alongside other published work. You can read her poem Dreamers inspired by a work in Ahead of the Curve by following the link below.
At Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, renowned Bristol poet Claire Williamson ran a writing workshop on the 31st of January 2015 using the pieces in Ahead of the Curve as inspiration for poetry. You can read her poem Change might be by following the link below.
'Using the idea of voice within the objects, the artists, and yourself take some time to listen to the 'voice' of the object, the voice of the artist or voices within yourself. A dialogue can also be made between the poet and the art.' Claire Williamson
Follow the links below to read the poems written in the workshop, as well as poems by Alicia Stubberfield and Claire Williamson.
Alicia Stubberfield's fourth collection of poetry 'The Yellow Table' was published in 2013 to excellent reviews. Until recently she lectured in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and continues to tutor for the Arvon Foundation. One of her poems can be found on the water-wall in Bristol's Blaise Castle Estate.
Claire Williamson has been working in the field of poetry and creative writing. This adventure has taken her in varied and unexpected directions from National tours and hosting live events to collaborating on film-poems and opera-based projects. Claire is Programme Leader for the MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at Metanoia Institute. Her published poetry collections include 'The Soulwater Pool' and 'Ride On'.