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 1-2pm – Pop Arts poetry reading during Cultural Hour