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Double Weave Poetry and Art Workshop

with Amanda Holiday

Sat 30 September 2023
1:30 pm
- 4:30 pm


About the Workshop

Artist, poet and filmmaker Amanda Holiday will lead this half day workshop for adults, exploring the intersection of poetry and art.

Suited to all ability levels, participants will take inspiration from the exhibition Double Weave: Bourne and Allen’s Modernist Textiles to explore a form of visual poetry.

After visiting the exhibition, there will be a chance to discuss some of the key textile pieces, before going on to experiment with charcoal to recreate a favourite piece of clothing or fabric, real, imagined, past or present to share with group.

In the second part of the workshop, we’ll read and discuss poems about clothes, textiles and our relationship to them, and then go on to create a poem inspired by an item of clothing, to share with the group.

About the Artist

Artist, poet and filmmaker Amanda Holiday completed a degree in Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art in 1987. She exhibited with and was active in the 2nd wave of the black British art movement before moving into film & scriptwriting – directing short experimental films for the Arts Council, BFI and Channel 4 before studying briefly at the NFTS. Between 2001-10, she lived in Cape Town where she wrote and directed several educational television series.

Her chapbook ‘The Art Poems’ was published in April 2018 as part of New Generation African Poets (Tano) chapbox series from Akashic books (US). She completed the Creative Writing (Poetry MA) at UEA in 2019 and her poetry has appeared or will appear in Prairie Schooner (US), South Bank Poetry Magazine, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, amberflorazine, Lolwe, ANMLY (US), CUSP anthology and Frieze.

In 2020, she was shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and founded the UK’s first crowdfunded poetry press Black Sunflowers.

Accompanying the exhibition, Double Weave: Bourne and Allen’s Modernist Textiles. 

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