Jules Bradbury’s exhibition of wild kin opens with a free evening event of music and poetry, starting at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday 12th March 2020. Readings will be given by poets Jane Goldman, Lynn Davidson, Lydia Harris and Laura Scott. Artist Jules Bradbury will give a talk about her work. Ahead of the exhibition, Bradbury blogs for us about it.
The assembly of drawings and prints brought together for the exhibition of wild kin is made up largely of small incidental pieces, all of which relate to poems – response or correspondence of some kind.
For this exhibition I wanted to focus on affinity; to acknowledge the role of others in the finding of strong truths, to identify and give importance to our connections.
Like many poets, I work in the realm of gesture. So often, I’m working in the dark, not knowing fully where I’m heading or what exactly is taking shape. Poetry acts as a beacon helping me to locate and so retrieve something.
For me it can be a vehicle – a means of visiting difficult territory, tuning-in and listening; from there it’s a matter of going closer in or, in the words of feminist thinker Donna Haraway, ‘staying with the trouble’.
The poems and poets featured in this show are simply those that came into view through the exploration of things I find significant. In almost every case, coming across them was serendipitous – a story lies behind each one. The launch event will be a celebration of that fact, accompanied by the live performance of experimental cellist / vocalist, Liana Nuse.
All are welcome.
Visit Bradbury’s website at https://www.no-still-life.com/ .
of wild kin
Thursday, 12 March to Friday, 15 May.