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Art and Poetry: Our Story Begins…
Thursday, May 22 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Robert Adamson, Ken Bolton, Jenny Watson, Elizabeth Campbell, Prudence Flint, Johanna Featherstone (facilitator)
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The Red Room Company and ARTAND Australia have invited poets and artists to swap poems and pictures with one another, to create new works. Featuring poetry readings, this event explores the outcomes of pairing Ken Bolton with Jenny Watson and Elizabeth Campbell with Prudence Flint. Renowned poet Robert Adamson will read his poetry and join the discussion of poetry's relationship with the visual arts.

Presented by The Red Room Company.

Ken Bolton (Australian)

Ken Bolton works at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide and edits Little Esther books and is the author of over a dozen poetry collections. He edited the magazines Magic Sam and Otis Rush, the memorial volume Homage To John Forbes and wrote the monograph on artist Michelle Nikou and edited More Is Plenty, a book on artist Kurt Brereton. A selection of his art criticism is collected in Art Writing (CACSA).

Jenny Watson (Australian)

Jenny Watson is one of Australia’s most important contemporary artists. She has exhibited extensively since 1973, and in 1993 she represented Australia at the Venice Biennale. She has been selected for numerous important group exhibitions and biennales both in Australia and overseas. Watson’s works are held in every major public collection in Australia as well as many public and corporate collections. Jenny is represented by Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney, and Greenaway Art Gallery, Tasmania.

Elizabeth Campbell (Australian)

Elizabeth Campbell has two collections of poetry, Letters to the Tremulous Hand, and Error, published by John Leonard Press. In 2010 she visited Ireland with the Vincent Buckley Prize. In 2011 she took up an Australia Council residency in Rome. Elizabeth is a teacher and education consultant on poetry.

Johanna Featherstone (Australian)

Johanna Featherstone established The Red Room Company in 2003, and is the current Artistic Director. Her poetry has featured in literary magazines and journals and her chapbook Felt was published in 2010. In 2006 she created a series of literary TV shows, The Wordshed, in partnership with The University of Western Sydney where she is a research associate. Johanna is an honorary associate of The University of Sydney's School of Letters Arts and Media.

Robert Adamson (Australian)

Robert Adamson is one of Australia's leading poets. His books have been published in the UK and the USA and his poems have been translated into several languages. He has published fifteen volumes of poetry and has organised and produced poetry readings at literary festivals throughout Australia and internationally. He has been writer-in-residence at Australian universities, and was President of the Poetry Society of Australia, 1974 until 1980.

Prudence Flint (Australian)

Prudence Flint was a finalist in the 2013 Archibald Portrait Prize. She has previously won the 2009 Portia Geach Memorial Award and the 2004 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and has been a finalist in numerous drawing and painting prize shows. Her work is held in the collections of the City of Port Phillip, Artbank, BHP Billiton and many private collections in Australia. Flint is represented by Australian Galleries in Melbourne and Sydney, and Bett Gallery in Hobart.



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