'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.’