Past Events and Tours

The Collection, Lincoln

Mark Grist & MC Mixy Dead Poets Death Match

Sunday 14 June, 20.00
£12.50 / £11.00 Buy Tickets
Lincoln Drill Hall

Mark Grist and MC Mixy came here to battle. Their backup? An assortment of famous (and very dead) poets. It’s fast, it’s frantic and they have no idea who will win. Fancy seeing Sylvia Plath take on Ted Hughes? How about Rabbie Burns up against Byron? In the Dead Poets Death Match you’ll choose the competitors and you’ll be the ones who’ll crown the winner. Let the wordy bloodbath begin! ‘Brings the house down’ The Guardian

Self Portrait Collage Workshop: with word and image
Sunday 28 June,
Usher Gallery
Workshop for Adults

Working with inspiration from 'Picture the Poet', enjoy creating a self-portrait guided by collage and textile artist Diana Rawson. The workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced participants. It will include a short viewing of the exhibition with Diana, sketching with mirrors and creating a collage with newspapers and magazines. Bring your own newspapers and magazines if you'd like to.

Please book and pay in advance - £15, £10 conc. Including tea or coffee
Tel: 01522 555599

Young Artist's Saturday Art Workshops
Out of the Frame: Relief portraits sculpted in card

Saturday 11 July, Saturday 8 August
Usher Gallery

For 8–16 year olds

Sat 11 July:
Build up your portrait

Sat 8 August:
Finish, decorate your portrait

Please book and pay in advance - £4 per session
Tel: 01522 555599

The Art of Drawing from Photographs
Saturday 18 July
Usher Gallery

Workshop for Adults

A portrait drawing workshop with artist Kate Westcott. This practical workshop investigates the use of photographic reference in drawing and explores the historical uses of photographs as source material by artists including Degas, Courbet and Sickert. During this day of drawing participants will explore work from the National Portrait Gallery’s touring exhibition ‘Picture the Poet’, discover how photographs can be used successfully to inject life into a portrait drawing and create their own portrait of the poets in pencil using the exhibition as inspiration. This workshop is for all levels, from experienced artists to total beginners and anyone in between. It will help develop practical drawing skills in an informative and relaxed environment.

10:30-10:50: Exhibition tour and talk
10:50-12:00: Sketching and compositional drawings
13:00-15:00: Portrait Drawing

Please book and pay in advance - £35 or £30 conc.
Tel: 01522 555599

Apples and Snakes presents
Picture the Poet Live featuring John Hegley, Michelle 'Mother' Hubbard & Joel Stickley
Friday 24 July 2015
19.00 – 22.00

The Collection, Lincoln

Free, book here

To celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s Picture the Poet exhibition in Lincoln, Apples and Snakes bring you an evening of words and music featuring innovative comic poet John Hegley, poet and drummer Michelle Mother Hubbard, and previous Poet Laureate for Lincolnshire Joel Stickley.

Plus, performances by local young people who have written work inspired by the exhibition under the guidance of Leicester-based poet Jess Green.

The evening will be enriched by slow core folk music, ambient textures and story songs from Horsedreamer.

Lincoln Art Summer School
Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July
10.00-16.00 each day
Bishop Grosseteste University and The Collection & Usher Gallery with a ‘go and see’ visit to Nottingham

FREE Art Summer Schools for Year 11 and 12 students
Drawing and Portraiture OR Photography and Portraiture (20 places on each)

A wonderful opportunity available to anyone in Years 11 and 12 who are interested in broadening their art skills. Learn with experienced artists, curators, and educationalists and experience being in professional settings, all to help you be creative.

Please choose between the Drawing & Portraiture or Photography & Portraiture summer schools on your application form.

Get an application form from your art teacher or for more information and an application form contact:
Kim Widdrington (Admin Assistant for LOV YPP)
Email: [email protected]

Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Pass on a Poem
Wednesday 11 March 2015
18.00 – 19.15
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Share a poem that is significant to you and enjoy the power of poetry.

Korova Poetry Night @ the Harris
Wednesday 11 March 2015
19.30 – 21.30
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Features headline poets from the monthly Korova event and open mic.

A Tour of Picture the Poet
Wednesday 18 March 2015
12.30 – 13.00
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
A short Taste of the Harris tour of discovery around the exhibition.

Apples and Snakes presents
Picture the Poet Live
Friday 20 March 2015
19.00 – 21.30
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
See one of the exhibition poets performing alongside local poets and young people inspired by the portraits.

World Poetry Day
Saturday 21 March 2015
11.00 – 16.00
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Discover poetry from around the world all around the Harris.

Poetic Passports
Thursday 2 April 2015
10.30 – 12.30
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Combine your self-portrait with a poetic description in a fun drop-in workshop for 5 – 12 year olds.


Lunchtime Talk: Picture The Poet
Thurs 25 Sept, 1-1.45pm
Graves Gallery
Clare Freestone, Associate Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery will discuss the work of a selection of photographers choosing to portray literary subjects, including Mark Gerson, Norman McBeath, Maud Sulter and Madeleine Waller.

LIVE LATE: Word Life
Fri 17 Oct, 7.30-10.30pm
Graves Gallery
Complementing the Picture The Poet exhibition, we’re thrilled to welcome World Life, Yorkshire’s leading live literature organisation, to the Graves Gallery for a special live event featuring some of our best local writers and performers, including Helen Mort and Steve Scott. To sign up for your five minute open mic slot, email [email protected].

£3 (pay on the door)

Apples and Snakes & Word Life Present Picture The Poet Live
Fri 28 Nov, 7pm
To mark the closing of the Picture The Poet exhibition we’re thrilled to present two internationally-acclaimed writers and performers, Lemn Sissay and World Poetry Slam champion Buddy Wakefield, alongside local poets and young people performing work inspired by the exhibition.
Free, book here

We're sad to announce that John Agard is unable to perform at tonight's Picture the Poet Live in Sheffield, but it's with great joy we announce that Lemn Sissay will be joining us instead!  So we'll see you at 7.00pm for an amazing evening of portraits and poetry!

Events in partnership with Off the Shelf

Mimi Khalvati & Togara Muzanenhamo
Tue 14 Oct, 7pm
Graves Gallery
Complementing the National Portrait Gallery’s Picture the Poet exhibition at Graves Gallery, Off the Shelf presents an evening with one of the featured poets – Mimi Khalvati, a prominent figure on the poetry scene, plus leading African poet Togara Muzanenhamo. £6 (£5 concessions), booking essential

Bootcamp with the Writing Squad
Sat 25 Oct, 1-4pm
Graves Gallery
Learn simple techniques to make your prose cleaner, leaner and more effective which will serve you for life in whatever genre you write. This session is suitable 16-25 year olds - participants will need to submit a piece of work before the day for assessment. £4, booking essential

Poetry Portraits – A Writing Workshop with Chris Jones
Sat 1 Nov, 2-4pm
Graves Gallery
How can we write a face or capture a personality using just words?  This poetry workshop will help you create word portraits. In collaboration with Museums Sheffield. £4, booking essential

Off the Shelf tickets are available from or on 0114 223 3777 (please note booking fees apply) or in person from Sheffield City Hall Box Office in person (no booking fee for cash purchases)


Picture the Poet LIVE:

The Forum, Norwich, 20th June 2014 

Featuring Lemn Sissay, Ross Sutherland and Deborah 'Debris' Stevenson.

Celebrated author and playwright Lemn Sissay MBE was the official poet for the London Olympics. Ross Sutherland has spent fifteen years challenging preconceptions of spoken word through his multimedia shows and youth work, whilst Deborah Stevenson's empowering poetry has seen her touring the world with the British Council and Channel 4. A group of local young writers will showcase poems they have written in response to the exhibition.