Poetry Café Exhibitions

Throughout the year, a lively programme of art exhibitions inspired by poetry and literature.

CURRENT EXHIBITION 'Drawn to Poetry – A Visual Response' Drawings & Paintings by Tom Hogan, 16 Jun - 16 Aug 2014

Tom Hogan’s deft, expressive drawings are produced with an eye to economy and spontaneity, and an emphasis on speed. Many of the drawings were produced from among the crowd at readings, slams and workshops organised by the Poetry Society, the Poetry School, Apples and Snakes and others, and feature recognisable figures from the contemporary poetry scene. Tom has also drawn in bars, soup kitchens, skate parks, dance studios and at political demos.

Tom Hogan studied at Chelsea College of Art and Coventry School of Art. He lived for many years in Spain, following a residency in the Catalan Pyrenees. His drawings and paintings have been widely exhibited, most recently at Lauderdale House, London, and Marcs Casas, Barcelona.

NEXT EXHIBITION: 'Digressions', 1 Sep - 4 Oct 2014
An exhibition by Philippa Troutman, in a joint project with Ian Duhig

‘Digressions’ is a collection of Philippa Troutman’s paintings, prints and cut-ups, in a joint project with award-winning poet Ian Duhig, celebrating Laurence Sterne’s masterpiece, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

2013 was the tercentenary of the birth of Laurence Sterne, the celebrated author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Published in nine volumes between 1759 and 1767, Tristram Shandy remains one of the greatest and most influential of all comic novels in the English language. 

The exhibition transfers to the site of its geographical inspiration, Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York YO61 4AD, 11 Oct - 1 Nov 2014.

The book of artwork, poetry and prose, also called Digressions and published by Smokestack to coincide with the exhibition, will also be on sale. 

Image: The Word Minotaur 2014 by Philippa Troutman. Screenprint & collage. From ‘Digressions’


Please join us for a celebration of the exhibition, and to launch the book 'Digressions', with a reading from Ian Duhig.
Thu 18 September 2014, 6.30pm-9.30pm
RSVP Robyn Donaldson, 020 7420 9886, marketing@poetrysociety.org.uk


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