'Painting is poetry that is seen not felt, and poetry is painting is felt not seen' -

Leonardo Da Vinci



'A fantastic achievement'

Christopher Le Brun, President, Royal Academy of Arts


During my residencies at Tate and the Royal Accademy and The British School at Rome. I wanted to study the relationship between curators, artists and educators inside these institutions. My residency offered ways to explore how poetry contributed to the understanding and accessibility of art, exhibitions and archives. Poets and artists have often interacted together to reach creative heights. The poet Frank O’ Hara made such an impression on the New York school in the 1950s that the painters each illustrated one of his poems when he died in the publication: In Memory of My Feelings. Great examples of poetry and fine art are contained by their creator in the subconscious- the artist and poet produces from this the ‘X Factor’ that forms the ‘great work.’ Because the inspiration often comes from the same source it means poet and artist sit well together and have a rich common ground. It was Leonardo himself who said; ‘Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.’ 


British School Rome Residency


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Poet in Residence, Royal Academy of Arts



‘A Fantastic Achievement’

Christopher Le Brun President of Royal Academy of Arts

‘Pele’s perspective on Poet in Residence at an institution is that of a critical commentator and artist. Contributing by bringing poetry and language into the frame of reference. At Tate she was invited to attend curatorial meetings, participated in educational functions, interviewed artists, and met with trustees, created performance relevant to the artists on show to highlight the all the while bringing a writers perspective  on curatorial visions and the voice of the institution. She has worked inside the institutions as a member of staff but also held on to the eye of the visitor. Using language, she helped the organisation to think of ‘a whole idea’ encouraging boldness and vision from a rootedness literature and a poetic idea rather than a brand or scattered notion of different exhibitions or numbers through the door.’

Ann Cutler Head of Education Tate Modern

‘I would like to repeat how much I appreciated the wonderful poetry evening that you organised in connection with the exhibition The Real Van Gogh: the Artist and his Letters of which I was the curator.  I thought that the way that you so imaginatively and skilfully wove together different strands – Van Gogh’s own extraordinary and revealing words in the letters, readings by contemporary poets responding in different ways to Van Gogh’s work, and the readings from The Odyssey, which was such a bold idea, all contributed to an extraordinary evening.’

Ann Dumas curator at Royal academy

' A Triumph. How can we thank you for giving us such an amazing, unique evening. You conjured up an event in JM history that has always been controversial & which generations of Murrays have had to explain, & apologies for. We felt sure that last night was a very fair account of how it might have happened & absolving JM of being the main protagonist in the destruction. Everybody was bowled over by the piece, the production & the acting. It certainly was one of the great evenings that we've had here & will long be remembered!'

Virginia Murray

'Dear Pele –  thank you for the outstanding performance of Byron is Dead.  It was so skillfully composed and caught the spirit of the different relationships so well. I must admit I found in very strange watching this episode from our family history that came alive in a truly extraordinary way.'

John Murray

‘Pele Cox's teaching abilities are immeasurable. Her ability to inspire and inform her students is unmatched.’


‘Pele has the unique gift of connecting with you and seeing in you what you can't, and thereby enabling your true poetic voice. It's thanks to her that I found mine.’


'A spellbinding performance from Pele Cox.'

Suzi Feay