Visual Art

Photo: Helena Fornells Nadal

A regular feature of StAnza from the start, the festival’s exhibitions have varied considerably over the years but always reference poetry in some way. Ranging from poet/artist collaborations through artist’s books, kinetic poetry, installations, photography and concrete poetry to floating exhibitions on the festival’s Poetry Boat (2004 & 2007), the visual art programme has included artists of the calibre of Will Maclean and Elizabeth Ogilvie and acclaimed poets such as Alec Finlay and Gael Turnbull.

East Neuk »

An exhibition of artwork by Ruth Nicol focuses on Fife's historic East Neuk

Tue 28 January | 10:30 - 17:30 | FREE | Junor Gallery, 43 South Street

Plastik (Kunst) »

Astrid Jaekel responds to ocean-themed poems

Mon 3 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1

Berlin Water »

Valerie Coffin Price responds to the waterways of Berlin and the poetry of Stephanie Green

Mon 10 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

the plastic debris of the oceans »

For Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters, local young people engaged through poetry with the large and diverse range of waste material found washed up on the beaches of the Forth. Installations in J & G Innes upstairs gallery and also at the Byre Theatre.

Wed 4 March | 09:00 - 22:00 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Poetry of Folklore »

Young people from Fife schools explored the Folklore of Fife, Scotland and the World in poetry and art with poet Rachel Plummer

Wed 4 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Over the Line »

An introduction to poetry comics with work by Tom Humberstone and Chrissy Williams

Wed 4 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

Wain »

Watercolours responding to Rachel Plummer’s re-imagining of Scottish myths

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Message in a Bottle »

Bottles filled with poems washed up on these shores

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 17:15 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

WrapperRhymes »

Poetry on sweet (and other) wrappers, curated by Helena Nelson and Jenny Elliott

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 17:15 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Coast Lines »

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

walk-poems »

Take one of Alec Finlay’s poetic walking sticks for a stroll around town—free against a refundable deposit

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Writing the North »

A digital installation from poems and images from Shetland

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Heavy Metal/Stone Circle – Jen Hadfield »

From the A30 to the A9, a work-in-progress in cast porcelain, documenting feral apple varieties from the hard shoulder

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

mira »

Maria Isakova-Bennett's stitch translations of John Glenday's poems inspired by Mira Schendel

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

'I Have Not Known a Grief Like This’ »

A digital installation of poetry from Modern Poetry in Translation’s issue on Extinction

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

A' Mhachair Uaine, The Green Plain »

A digital collection of Gaelic sea poetry to mark 2020 as the Year of Coasts and Waters

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Dorothy’s Colour »

A digital installation of poems and paintings responding to Dorothy Wordsworth by Sarah Corbett and Zoe Benbow

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Trawl »

An installation mixing raw footage of scientific marine field recordings, prepared sound and text-extracts in a relationship which is 'neither complementary nor indifferent'

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Portraits of the Edge »

A digital installation of poems by Roderick Manson responding to Denis Mollison’s stunning photographs, now post-festival available online at: http://mollison.org/edge_stanza/

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

The Dark Horse »

A digital installation celebrating the 25th anniversary of Scotland’s foremost poetry journal

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Bright Coast »

An interdisciplinary collaboration by Martin Malone, Bryan Angus and Pete Stollery for the Year of Scotland's Coasts & Waters, 2020

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

The Matchsafe »

A digital installation of poems in conversation with one another

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic »

A digital installation of Nancy Campbell’s evocative Arctic alphabet

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

The Red Letter Library »

An installation of poems responding to book cover designs by Talwin Morris

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Expeditions »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on artefacts held by the University of St Andrews’ Museum

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Return to Brownsbank »

Stills from a film reflecting on Hugh MacDiarmid

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Carcanet at Fifty »

An intriguing glimpse into Carcanet’s archives

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

poem-labels »

An offering of poems on bottles and plants, by Alec Finlay

Thu 5 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

Poetry Pharmacy »

An outpost of Deborah Alma’s Poetry Pharmacy at the Old Chemist Shop

Thu 5 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

Meet the Artist »

Meet the artist and poet behind mira, a collaboration in word and stitch

Thu 5 March | 13:15 - 14:00 | free / ticketed | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Special Past & Present »

A rare encounter with treasures from the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections

Thu 5 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | free / ticketed | Napier Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street

Meet the Artist »

Meet the artist behind Over the Line

Thu 5 March | 16:00 - 16:45 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

Tasting Notes »

Poems to sip and savour

Thu 5 March | 18:00 - 19:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Berlin Umbrella »

A sound and poetry walk with some rather special umbrellas, developed by Sonja Heyer and Stephanie Green—free against a refundable deposit

Fri 6 March | 14:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Meet the Artist »

Learn more about WrapperRhymes with Helena Nelson and Jenny Elliott

Fri 6 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Berlin Umbrella »

A sound and poetry walk with some rather special umbrellas, developed by Sonja Heyer and Stephanie Green—free against a refundable deposit

Sat 7 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Meet the Artist »

Talk to the collaborators behind Berlin Water and Berlin Umbrella

Sat 7 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Meet the Artist »

Robyn Marsack shares what she learned editing Fifty Fifty

Sat 7 March | 16:00 - 16:45 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Berlin Umbrella »

A sound and poetry walk with some rather special umbrellas, developed by Sonja Heyer and Stephanie Green—free against a refundable deposit

Sun 8 March | 10:00 - 16:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk