An award-winning Manchester poet is aiming to turn the written word into works of art and sound when he hosts his first exhibition later this month, in collaboration with neo:studios, the Bolton-based arts organisation.
Matthew Curry, who won a Hay Festival award last year, has created an exhibition of poster poems for the town’s neo:gallery 32, on Corporation Street.
The exhibition, titled Imagery, features 12 poems on subjects as diverse as sewing machines and ancient myth. Sound recordings of the work will play in the gallery space alongside the posters.
Matthew has also produced an e-book, Twelve Villanelles, to accompany the exhibition.
He said: “I like putting poetry in new places, shoving it in people’s faces, I suppose. I look forward to people popping in and seeing what they make of it.”
“The poems, though diverse in subject matter, are all written within the rigorous formal constraints of the villanelle. It’s a fascinating cyclical wavelike form, most famously employed in Dylan Thomas’ ‘Do Not Go Gentle’.
“The art pieces were inspired by the poems, as a kind of commentary on them. They give a bit of concrete context and imagery.”
Matthew’s poetry earned him UK-wide recognition when his book In Galloway, a combination of walking guide and poetry, was named a National Trust/Hay Festival Outdoors Book of the Year.
The book offered a friendly and practical guide to 15 family walks in Galloway with wry, humorous and reflective poetry related to each of the locations.
Imagery will run at neo:gallery 32, on Corporation Street, Bolton, from September 27th to October 27th with a preview on Thursday October 11th 6 -8pm. All welcome!
Viewing times: Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 4pm.
For more details, visit http://www.neoartists.co.uk
Matthew’s book, Twelve Villanelles, is available for download on Amazon, priced 2.56.