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'Where’s SARDINES?': Art and Poetry in Conversation — a Writing Programme Symposium

16 November 2018 | 12pm – 7pm

Kensington, Lecture Theatre 1

Free, but booking via Eventbrite is essential

‘I am not a painter, I am a poet, Why? I think I would rather be a painter, but I am not’, Frank O’Hara writes in his poem, ‘Why I Am Not a Painter’. Art and poetry, artists and poets have long been considered fruitful allies, as though the two forms share something fundamental that does not belong to other disciplines or modes of making. What might this be? What does it mean to describe something as ‘poetic’? What is the relationship between poetry and ‘art writing’ or ‘art criticism’? What is the historical role of the ekphrastic, or the place of art works in poems, text and language in art? What processes and practicalities arise when visual artists and writers collaborate? 

'Where’s SARDINES?': Art and Poetry in Conversation is a daylong symposium that will address these questions, among many others. The event brings artists and poets together; our aim is to generate critical and specific discussion about the relationships between art and poetry — past, present and future.


12–12.15pm: Welcome and Introduction

12.15–1.45pm: Contemporary Positions
Panel discussion chaired by Kayo Chingonyi, with Vahni Capildeo, Holly Pester and Keston Sutherland.

1.45–2.45pm: Break

2.45–3.45pm: Quinn Latimer: Readings

3.45–4pm: Break

4–5.30pm: Collaborative Ekphrasis
Panel discussion convened and chaired by poet, editor and publisher Rachael Allen, with Daisy Lafarge, Catrin Morgan, Max Porter and Jane Yeh.

5.30–5.45pm: Break

5.45–7pm: The Vast Extent: on seeing and not seeing further 
Lavinia Greenlaw keynote talk, followed by Q&A with Brian Dillon.

7pm onwards, in Courtyard Gallery 1: RCA hosts Test Centre's launch of their new publication, Jerome's Study, by Max Porter and Catrin Morgan. With readings by Rachael Allen, Laura Elliott, Will Harris and Max Porter. No ticket required for this launch, free and open to all.

This event has been organised by the MA Writing Programme. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Keynote Speaker: Lavinia Greenlaw 

Other speakers include: Rachael Allen, Vahni Capildeo, Kayo Chingonyi, Daisy Lafarge, Quinn Latimer, Catrin Morgan, Holly Pester, Max Porter, Keston Sutherland and Jane Yeh.