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.

Off the Shelf »

Nichola Martin re-imagines books from StAnza 2018 in canvas and charcoal

Mon 25 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1

A Melody of Sorts »

Lindsay Turk’s paintings engage with the poetry of Jon Plunkett

Mon 25 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Grove »

Semi-permanent text interventions by Thomas A. Clark

Wed 6 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Windows & panels

In the Ink Dark »

An installation that explores memory and materiality to find language for loss

Thu 7 March | 09:15 - 17:00 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Off the Wall »

Poem panels around St Andrews and beyond

Thu 7 March | 09:30 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room, and around town

‘I sat till I could see no longer’ »

New textual artworks from Anna Chapman Parker

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Fife Contemporary Foyer

Another Place »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on artefacts from MUSA’s Amerindian collection

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

In Touch with the Past »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on Cypriot artefacts from the Bridges Collection

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

HamishMatters »

Responses to the Hamish Henderson centenary

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Change »

A digital installation of poems and images from Magma Poetry’s climate change issue

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

An Leabhar Liath / The Light Blue Book »

A digital installation of excerpts from this anthology of blue Gaelic poetry

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

New Passages »

Nalini Paul’s project on links between India and the Isle of Lewis

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh »

A digital installation of selected poems and images from a new book about the artist’s Edinburgh legacy

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Plants, Politics and Power »

Poet and herbalist Lisa Fannen responds to the Old Chemist Shop

Thu 7 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

Over the Line »

An introduction to poetry comics with work by Tom Humberstone

Thu 7 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

Meet the Artist »

Meet Nichola Martin, the artist behind the Off the Shelf exhibition 

Thu 7 March | 13:30 - 17:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Meet the Artist »

Meet the artist behind I Sat Till I Could See No Longer

Thu 7 March | 13:40 - 14:10 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Fife Contemporary Foyer

Special Past & Present »

A rare encounter with treasures from the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections  (NB Date and time are provisional, still to be confirmed)

Thu 7 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | Free but ticketed | Napier Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street

Poem in a Bottle »

Poems to sip and savour from Matthew Stewart’s Tasting Notes

Thu 7 March | 18:00 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar