Unruly Narrative

Gwen Wanigasekera, ‘Thou shalt not Judge these books by their covers’ (detail)
Unruly Narrative exhibition: Gwen Wanigasekera, ‘Thou shalt not Judge these books by their covers’ 2008, collage (detail)

Storytelling in art: poetic responses

Selected from the University of Waikato Art Collection, this exhibition shares artworks chosen for their narrative quality, or contrarily lack thereof. A group of poets from Mayhem, the University of Waikato literary journal, were then invited to compose ekphrastic poetry responses to the works. The creation of these poems give voice to new potential narratives, unique interpretations or poetic extensions of the story told or hidden within each artwork. They transport the visual language of fine art into the written/verbal format of poetry.

Artists: Aisha Roberts, Alex McLeod, Chris Morley, Cynthia Taylor, Gwen Wanigasekera, Jasmine Middlebrook, John Walsh, Joan Fear, Judy Millar, Loui Morrell, Michael Tuffery, Peter Wichman and Yuki Kihara.

Poets: Aimee-Jane Anderson-O'Connor, Dadon Rowell, Essa May Ranapiri, Jeanie Richards, Loren Thomas, Mark Houlahan, Mark Prisco, Melody Wilkinson, Mere Taito, Rachael Elliott and Tracey Slaughter.

Public Programme: Wednesday 8 May 1:10-2pm – Pop Arts poetry reading during Cultural Hour.

24 Apr 19 - 14 Jun 19
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (closed 19-23 April – Easter, and 25 April – ANZAC Day)
Calder & Lawson Gallery, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
Gate 2B knighton Road
General admission