Weekend Workshop: Another Mask: Making Poetry from Portraiture
25 March 2017, 11:00-17:00
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Me as Cahun Holding a Mask of My Face,
Gillian Wearing, 2012, Silver gelatin print
Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery,
New York and Maureen Paley, London
© Gillian Wearing
courtesy Maureen Paley
These intimate art weekends enable you to explore, develop and improve your creativity. Working alongside leading artists and photographers, take inspiration from the Gallery and look at portraiture in new, exciting ways. Class numbers are limited to 12. All materials are provided.
This one-day poetry workshop led by poet Sarah Hesketh uses Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun as a starting point for the creation of new poetry. Explore what it means to write poetry that is portraiture, the ethics of writing about and creatively representing others, and question what it means to write outside of your own gender, race and class.
Sarah Hesketh teaches creative writing for the Open University. She attended Merton College, Oxford and obtained a BA in English Literature, during which time she served as president of the University Poetry Society and as an editor of Oxford Poetry Magazine. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. Her first full collection of poetry Napoleon’s Travelling Bookshelf, was published in 2009 by Penned in the Margins and was highly commended in the Forward Prize 2010. In 2013 she was poet in residence with Age Concern working with elderly people with dementia, and in 2014 she published The Hard Word Box (Penned in the Margins, 2014), a collection of poems and interviews inspired by this experience. The book was longlisted for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize. In 2015, she was commissioned by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to produce Grains of Light, a sequence of poems based around the story of Holocaust survivor Eve Kugler. Her work has also appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies such as Agenda, The White Review, Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, Binders Full of Women and Birdbook III. For five years she was the Assistant Director at the literature and free speech charity English PEN and she has worked as a project manager for the Poetry Translation Centre, The Reading Agency and Free Word, managing projects including World Book Night and International Translation Day. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize which recognises the achievements and celebrates the promise of women in the publishing industry.
Part of the programme of events complementing Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask