PoARTry is the brainchild of Rick Sanders who created a project last year (June 2017) at The Art Yard in Cradley Heath between artists and poets.
Pairs collaborated and created new works which became an exhibition.
PoArtry is a mash up of poetry and art work. The exhibition is the collaboration of artists and poets from across the Midlands, reacting and creating art and poetry in response to each other’s art.
The exhibition runs for the month of July, and many pieces will be on sale in the show. The exhibition is free to enter and the gallery opening times are 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday. Please contact the Art Yard for details.
© Grace Dore
Fast forward a year to March 2018 and Rick organised his next PoARTy project in Ledbury with the Artistree Gallery.
Budding creatives met on the 8th March at the gallery. After some initial introductions and the over-arching project explained we were paired up – football pools style. I was lucky to be paired with Molly Bythell, a talented graduate who creates oil paintings that dramatically tell their own story. An easy canvas for me as a poet.
Two months later and after collaborating we have completed an exhibition of 3 works each. Two new paintings inspired by my poems and about 20 new poems. Three of which will be exhibited and some have found their own way into my next manuscript (fingers crossed they make the cut). It has been fabulous working with Molly.
A few days after the work deadline, Leena Batchelor and myself have found ourselves organising the Launch/Reading Event for PoARTry.
More details are coming soon – it will be July – it will be in the evening and it will be fantastic and FREE.
The event will be a chance to hear pairings talk about the artistic collaboration, the process of work and hear some of the poems. It will be a celebration – a PoART Party & you will have a chance to see a fantastic exhibition, you could even become a proud new owner of the work.