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: Knee Deep
Drawings and poems by Ceri Amphlett • Exhibition 18 March – 28 April 2019
Ceri Amphlett’s Knee Deep is an exhibition of drawings and poems of surprising reversals: becoming a dog, turning upside-down in Paris, and finding yourself holding on tight to a swan. Ceri’s wonderfully splashy drawings intertwine with her typewriter-printed poems to playful, unsettling effect. Join us for the celebratory event at The Poetry Café, London, on Thursday 25 April – all welcome!
BOOK NOW: Ceri’s Hot Dog Books and Trouser Books: poetry & folded book workshop
Ceri will be leading a hands-on, poetry book-making workshop in the Café on Thursday 25 April: ‘Hot Dog Books and Trouser Books: poetry & folded book workshop’. Not yet assembled a Trouser or Jacob’s Ladder Accordion Flexagon of your own? Now’s your chance. The workshop is from 10.30 am-4.30pm, price £55 (£45 concessions); book yourself a place on our workshop webpage.
Ceri Amphlett studied Illustration at Kingston University and completed an MA in Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, London. She works as a freelance illustrator and is Senior Lecturer of Illustration at Southampton Solent University.
Ceri has a keen interest in simple handmade book forms as a vehicle for poems and drawings and has designed and printed a number of her own books of drawings and poems, using screen and digital printing. Her book Itchy Eye, a collection of drawings and poems, was reviewed in Pressing Matters magazine: “Her words feel like captured thoughts and lyrical ditties to the everyday, with her inky brush drawings adding a sense of mayhem and ‘jazz’ to the whole thing. Her own words, her own world. And it’s a fun place to visit, that gets you thinking about the small things and how words can make them great.”
Ceri has shown at art fairs including Ink, Paper & Print at The Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, and at the Brighton Illustration Fair. She has also performed her poetry as ‘Dog in a dress’ at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, as part of The Darktown Cabaret.
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