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.

Rhythm and Line »

The festival and town en-fête seen at a sharp angle by Hilke MacIntyre

Tue 7 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1

Orcadians: Seven Impromptus »

Artist Simon Manfield responds to the work of the poet George Mackay Brown

Tue 7 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

An Roghainn / The Choice »

A tribute to Sorley MacLean through photographic images by Alastair Jackson and poetry by Kenneth Steven

Mon 27 February | 09:00 - 17:00 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Labyrinth »

Lose yourself, or find yourself, in St Andrews' new labyrinth

Wed 1 March | 07:00 - 23:00 | FREE | Kinburn Park, St Andrews

Grove »

Semi-permanent text interventions by Thomas A. Clark

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Windows & panels

Untranslatable »

New poems attempting the impossible

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

After Hugh Miller »

New poems responding to Hugh Miller’s legacy

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

A Mountain to Climb »

Mountain poems from the Poetry Map of Scotland

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, and around town

Suspended by a line »

Poetry gears up for a climb

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

StAnza’s Back Pages »

Twenty festivals offer a good excuse to look back

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Resting on Almost »

New poems by Maitreyabandhu respond to Cezanne paintings in this digital installation

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

Browsing History »

Digital poetry by this year's digital poet in residence

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

Poésie exposée / Poetry on Display »

French poetry on show at StAnza in this small cabinet exhibition

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

The Eternally Packed Suitcase: Lisa Matthews »

An installation with poetry packed into the gaps

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Hotelkamerverhalen »

Images louder than words - hotel rooms from St Andrews to Mongolia and back tell of a life on the poetry trail

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

Reusement »

A performance through digital text generation by Jerome Fletcher

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

GeoPoems »

Poems from the GeoBus and StAnza Haiku Competition 2017 for mountain-themed poems

Wed 1 March | 18:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Trading Routes »

Fife's traditional trading routes now lead to poetry

Wed 1 March | 18:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Beyond Souvenirs »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on ancient souvenirs of travel

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

Moving Through Maps »

A poetry and multi-media art show exploring how human beings can experience moving through landscapes, real and imagined

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

Belonging »

Poetry from the StAnza school workshops for 2017

Thu 2 March | 10:00 - 15:30 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Poetry Tattoos »

A chance to use your whole being to quote poetry

Thu 2 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

A Lover’s Complaint »

A series of visual haiku from Robin Gillanders

Thu 2 March | 10:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, FCA&C, Town Hall Foyer

Step Forward »

Mark Goodwin’s sound-enhanced poetry finds echoes in the garden

Thu 2 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Garden

The Corbenic Poetry Path at StAnza »

Encounter works from the Corbenic Poetry Path

Thu 2 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Garden

Flying Heich »

A view from the air: linocuts in progress with work from William Hershaw and Fiona Morton

Thu 2 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

The Remedies »

Where better than the Old Chemist’s Shop for a poetic response to Dr. Bach’s Flower Remedies from Katharine Towers

Thu 2 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

Sightlines »

Ekphrastic poetry responding to new artwork at the festival

Thu 2 March | 13:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Meet the Artist »

Meet Robin Gillanders and Henry Gough-Cooper, the artist and poet behind A Lover’s Complaint

Fri 3 March | 12:30 - 13:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, FCA&C, Town Hall Foyer

Meet the Artist »

Meet some of the poets from the Sightlines exhibition

Fri 3 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

A Digital Poet in Residence »

Where digital poetry meets Twitter bots

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

Meet the Artist »

Meet the poets from the After Hugh Miller installation

Sat 4 March | 12:15 - 13:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Meet the Artist »

Meet Hilke MacIntyre, the artist behind the Rhythm & Line exhibition 

Sat 4 March | 14:00 - 15:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

the sea the sea »

An installation and book by American poet Robert Lax

Sun 5 March | (All day) | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Meet the Artist »

Meet William Hershaw, Fiona Morton and Hugh Bryden, the poet, artist and designer behind the Flying Heich exhibition

Sun 5 March | 12:15 - 13:15 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street

Meet the Artist »

Meet the photographer behind this Sorley MacLean inspired exhibition

Sun 5 March | 15:00 - 15:45 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street