The Poetry Café hosts a lively programme of art exhibitions inspired by poetry and literature. A number of our exhibitions have toured to other venues, resulted in publications or have been shortlisted for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. We collaborate regularly with up-and-coming artists, including students from the Illustration and Graphic Design departments of Middlesex University.

Current exhibition Lost in Paper: Collages by Annette Visser & poetry by IG Karfield

Exhibition 29 October–15 December 2018 Newly extended to 15 December

Annette Visser works with her fingers and scissors in a very free way. Her apparently subtle interventions can change an image completely. She is not looking for perfection, but is ripping and cutting, placing the elements right there where they should be. Her minimal actions result in intriguing images, partly figurative, often touched by abstraction. Simplicity is the power!

IG Karfield is an American poet. His work is edited and published by Dutch writer Ike Krijnen. Little is known about how the two of them met, except that it happened somewhere in Kansas, USA, on a rock. Mr. Karfield has contributed to the world of literary hokum since 2009, shared online by Ike Krijnen through several themed blogs.

In 2013, Ike published a little red booklet in print, with a selection of IG Karfield’s poems, called (green) CREATURES, available on Amazon. Ike has taken it upon himself to distribute Mr. Karfield’s work, be it in (digital) print, on video or by performing live wherever he sees fit. And we suppose Mr. Karfield is thankful for it.

Annette and Ike started their artistic collaboration after a series of encounters that spun into wordy conversations about life and all its marvel. Exactly what contribution Mr. Karfield will make to the exhibited works remains to be seen.

A celebratory open evening for this exhibition, with a reading by IG Karfield, was held on Monday 29 October 2018.