event_art-in-the-heartCompose poetry inspired by our Drink and be Merry exhibition with poet Philip Monks. Suitable for beginners and more experienced writers.

Philip Monks is a professional poet and playwright based in Birmingham who has undertaken many residencies and workshops in museums, galleries and arts venues.

In this special free workshop Philip will be using the current Drink and be Merry exhibition for inspiration – participants can choose one or two of the pieces on display to focus on and write down thoughts and ideas that are brought to mind by them. They can then work up their ideas, helped by Philip, into a draft poem, which may be shared with the other participants.

For the next activity, each person can develop a character based on one of the pieces in the exhibition by filling in a question and answer form. With guidance from Philip, they will then write a short monologue as if they were that character, entitled: ‘The Drinker’s Tale’.

The third activity, ‘Favourite Tipple’ will be a more personal account of either themselves or someone they know, with their favourite drink as a starting point. Again, participants can share some of these pieces with each other.

The emphasis is on enjoyment and exploration, with participants taking a fresh look at some of the art works by approaching them from an imaginative viewpoint. There will be plenty of writing in the session, but participants will also generate material to work on afterwards if they so wish.

The workshop is part of the Art in the Heart project which has been designed to promote enjoyment of museums and galleries throughout the West Midlands. A selection of the poems generated will be considered for the Art in the Heart poetry book to be published in October 2013.

Places are very limited so please call 01782 232323 to book.

Art in the Heart is a celebration of the diverse and exciting exhibitions taking place across the West Midlands during 2013. It highlights the strengths of the region’s world class art collections and its innovative contemporary programmes, many underpinned by national and international partnerships to bring art of the highest quality to the Heart of England. Led by Birmingham Museums Trust, Art in the Heart 2013 is funded by Arts Council England and made possible through the collaboration of all 23 contributing venues.

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Saturday 8th June 2013

What time?

2:00pm - 4:00pm


The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery