Saturday, 26 October 2013

The Poetry of AirSpace Gallery - IRIS OF A PEEPING EYE

IRIS OF A PEEPING EYE is an anthology of brand new poetry by national and international poets, celebrating the exciting diversity of art works in the West Midlands.

Art in the Heart which highlights the cultural offerings of 23 of the West Midlands Arts Venues - including AirSpace Gallery -  commissioned a special poetry programme to run alongside its calendar of exhibitions and drew inspiration from the stunning artwork on display across the region. 
This started with a series of poetry workshops - Birmingham based poet Philip Monks, Art in the Heart’s official ‘poet in residence’ ran a number of exciting poetry workshops at Art in the Heart venues, writing his own poems in response to artworks on display and inspiring members of the public to have a go themselves. 

Art in the Heart's Book of Poems - IRIS OF A PEEPING EYE resulted from these workshops and requests to a number of other leading poets to write new poems inspired by their own personal favourite artworks from the programmes of Art in the Hearts' member's programmes. Selected poems from the poetry workshops, alongside works by Philip Monks and other leading poets feature in the publication which had its launch at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham earlier this month.
AirSpace Gallery's poem, A Field Guide by David Morley, was written in response to Sarah R. Key's painting, Wheatear, which formed part of her series, "Birdsongs To My Father" in the Speaking in Tongues exhibition held at the Gallery in May this year. 

David Morley's beautiful poem imbues the painting with a new dimension, animating it with a view separate from the artist, but making a connection between artist and viewer not always possible or prevalent within the gallery experience.

Iris of a Peeping Eye is 64 pages, with 24 beautiful poems and full colour prints - including Andrew Motion, Bob AndRoberta Smith David Morley, Sarah R Key, Victor Rodriguez Nunez, Helen Monks and many more.

Over the past decade, Sarah R Key has developed a profile in contemporary painting, both nationally and internationally, exhibiting in major art venues in London, Stockholm and Dresden. Sarah’s work is represented in numerous private collections, has been awarded Arts Council Grants, as well as garnering significant art prizes and nominations. In 2010 her work was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show; in 2011 for the prestigious Mostyn Open and Threadneedle Prize, where Sarah was a shortlisted finalist. Currently Senior Lecturer and Award Leader in Fine Art at Staffordshire University, Sarah has been teaching in higher education since completing her MA in Painting at Wimbledon School of Art in 2001. During this period she also completed a PhD in Fine Art at Loughborough University.
David Morley is a leading British poet, critic and ecologist. He has published 23 books, including 11 collections of poetry. His poetry and prose have been translated into several languages and his book on creative writing The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing is a bestseller around the world.His new collection of poems from Carcanet is The Gypsy and the Poet, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
His previous collection Enchantment was a Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year.The Invisible Kings was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and a TLS Book of the Year. His Selected Poems Biographies of Birds and Flowers is due from Carcanet in Spring 2015.David is also known for his pioneering ecological poetry installations within natural landscapes and the creation of ‘slow poetry’ sculptures and I-Cast poetry films. David’s creative writing podcasts are among the most popular literature downloads on iTunes worldwide.Two episodes of his 'writing challenges' are now preloaded onto all demo macs used in Apple Stores across the world.
David read Zoology at Bristol University, gaining on graduation a fellowship from the Freshwater Biological Association. He then conducted research on acid rain. David read Zoology at Bristol University, gaining on graduation a fellowship from the Freshwater Biological Association. He then conducted research on acid rain. David Morley then directed the National Association of Writers in Education. He was elected deputy chair of The Poetry Society (UK) and co-founded The Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden.


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