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Artlyst Art to Poetry Awards Night

Thursday 30 July 2020, 7:00 pm8:30 pm

iPhone Inset Drawings, 2018, by Sean Scully. One of 5 Chromogenic digital prints, 28 x 22 in. / 71.1 x 55.9 cm, ed: 45. © Sean Scully.

Join us for a celebration of ekphrastic poetry as we announce the winners of the inaugural Artlyst Art to Poetry Award, run in association with The Poetry Society. The event will feature readings from winners of both the adult and youth prizes, performances of ekphrastic poetry from judges Sue Hubbard and Kelly Grovier and a special appearance from celebrated artist Sean Scully.

The Artlyst Art to Poetry Award is a new international award for poetry based on works of art. The award was open for entries in the winter and spring of 2020. The awards have been made possible by Artlyst and Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) in association with The Poetry Society.

From ancient times poets have been inspired by art. Ekphrastic poetry has given us some of the most celebrated poems in the English language from Keats’ ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, to W.H. Auden’s ‘Musée des Beaux-Arts’, based on Brueghel’s famous painting of Icarus falling from the sky. In each case, what has been created is not a mere description but a fresh insight, a new world, an autonomous work of art.