Wordsworth and Basho

Wordsworth and Basho - Symposium

Symposium
Wordsworth Trust Museum, Dove Cottage, Town End, Grasmere

Monday 20th January – Wednesday 22nd January

 

This Symposium (organised by WALK) was for artists in the exhibition Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets. It afforded all participants with a unique opportunity to meet and exchange ideas – with the added privilege of being able to work with original Wordsworth manuscripts.   All photos by David Unsworth. For further details click more information.

Access of this sort to these manuscripts is very rare. The Symposium helped to generate ideas for artwork (sound, 2D and 3D, calligraphy, poetry and glass) for the exhibition  at Dove Cottage from May to November 2014. Our aim over the three days (from 20 – 22 January) was:

 

a)    To create ideas for a visually stunning exhibition, bringing out the beauty and power of the original manuscripts:

 

b)    To look at ways in which the contemporary artwork can give visitors new ways of seeing the manuscripts – enabling them to appreciate them afresh.

 

Thus the handling of the documents during the symposium formed a crucial part of the process of the creation of the new work for the exhibition.

 

Mike Collier ‘set the scene’ for the symposium as follows:

 

“A colleague recently pointed out that the word symposium derives from the Greek συμπόσιον symposion, from συμπίνειν sympinein, “to drink together”. I mention this not to suggest that we will spend the whole time drinking (!), but rather to stress the intended convivial nature of the event! I hope that this will be a few days when we can share ideas and gain inspiration from the manuscripts and materials held by the Wordsworth Trust as well as be inspired by the landscape of the Lake District in winter.”

 

The symposium was financially supported by the Daiwa Foundation; The Arts Council of England; The Wordsworth Trust and the University of Sunderland.

 

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

 

Participants of the Symposium include (please click on their name below to see more information about each artist):

 

Ewan Clayton; Ken Cockburn; Mike Collier; Jeff Cowton; Christine Flint-SatoZaffar Kunial(Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth trust, 2014); Eiichi Kono; Manny LingChris McHugh (who is liaising with Japanese Museums in securing agreements to show facsimile copies of the Basho manuscripts in the show) Nobuya Monta; Inge Panneels; Andrew Richardson; Nao Sakamoto; Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson; Ayako Tani; Brian Thompson

 

We were also joined by Carol Mckay who is writing the text about each artists’ work for the exhibition catalogue; Andrew Forster, Literature Officer for the Wordsworth Trust; photographer David Unsworth, and student Madi MacKay

 

Minako Shirakura is currently on a residency in the USA and we were able to talk to her via Skype

 

The event was organised by Mike Collier and Jeff Cowton, assisted by Janet Ross of WALK (Walking, Art, Landskip and Knowledge), a research Centre at the University of Sunderland. Janet is also Project Director of VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities)

Access of this sort to these manuscripts is very rare. The Symposium helped to generate ideas for artwork (sound, 2D and 3D, calligraphy, poetry and glass) for the exhibition  at Dove Cottage from May to November 2014. Our aim over the three days (from 20 – 22 January) was:

 

a)    To create ideas for a visually stunning exhibition, bringing out the beauty and power of the original manuscripts:

 

b)    To look at ways in which the contemporary artwork can give visitors new ways of seeing the manuscripts – enabling them to appreciate them afresh.

 

Thus the handling of the documents during the symposium formed a crucial part of the process of the creation of the new work for the exhibition.

 

Mike Collier ‘set the scene’ for the symposium as follows:

 

“A colleague recently pointed out that the word symposium derives from the Greek συμπόσιον symposion, from συμπίνειν sympinein, “to drink together”. I mention this not to suggest that we will spend the whole time drinking (!), but rather to stress the intended convivial nature of the event! I hope that this will be a few days when we can share ideas and gain inspiration from the manuscripts and materials held by the Wordsworth Trust as well as be inspired by the landscape of the Lake District in winter.”

 

The symposium was financially supported by the Daiwa Foundation; The Arts Council of England; The Wordsworth Trust and the University of Sunderland.

 

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

 

Participants of the Symposium include (please click on their name below to see more information about each artist):

 

Ewan Clayton; Ken Cockburn; Mike Collier; Jeff Cowton; Christine Flint-SatoZaffar Kunial(Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth trust, 2014); Eiichi Kono; Manny LingChris McHugh (who is liaising with Japanese Museums in securing agreements to show facsimile copies of the Basho manuscripts in the show) Nobuya Monta; Inge Panneels; Andrew Richardson; Nao Sakamoto; Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson; Ayako Tani; Brian Thompson

 

We were also joined by Carol Mckay who is writing the text about each artists’ work for the exhibition catalogue; Andrew Forster, Literature Officer for the Wordsworth Trust; photographer David Unsworth, and student Madi MacKay

 

Minako Shirakura is currently on a residency in the USA and we were able to talk to her via Skype

 

The event was organised by Mike Collier and Jeff Cowton, assisted by Janet Ross of WALK (Walking, Art, Landskip and Knowledge), a research Centre at the University of Sunderland. Janet is also Project Director of VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities)