Heretics assembling for the sequel

Poster for exhibition
Lit-art exhibition in Medway, September 2015

‘The Road Not Taken’; Medway writers and artists reveal their text-art collaborations at Rochester Library for a second year

An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics is a large scale collaborative project from Medway-based literary art organisation Wordsmithery (the people who bring you ME4Writers), fusing words and images from writers and artists from Medway and beyond. Lat year in our inaugural year, as part of the Rochester Literature Festival, we teamed up 22 writers with 20 artists. This year the exhibition has grown by a third, as 32 writers will have their work interpreted by at least 27 artists!

We asked writers to write a piece inspired by Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken’, then we gave these writings anonymously to artists who interpreted them without knowing who the authors are.

The collaborations are revealed in our exhibition which runs until from 1-30 September 2015 at Rochester Library, then for a fortnight at Lordswood Library (timings tbc).

Artwork by long-standing and established Medway writers and artists sits alongside the work of new talent in this stunning exhibition. Some of the writers whose work features are Bill Lewis, Maria C McCarthy, Sarah Hehir, Sam Fentiman-Hall, Philip Kane, and some of the artists include: Peter Reeds (whose art features as the illustration for the exhibition poster), Heather Haythornthwaite, Chris Van Beck, Dianne Reeves and Maggie Drury.

Artists have interpreted the texts in a variety of media – including, photograms, oil paintings, photographs, textiles, collage, linoprints and sculpture.

The texts which inspired the artwork will be revealed in full at an event on 3 September 2015, where the writers will read their work, and leave a booklet of the stories and poems for visitors to read. The event, which is free to attend, takes place at Rochester Library.

Barry Fentiman-Hall of Wordsmithery, who curated the exhibition said: “This is collaborative art at its best. A simple idea passes through many hands and emerges in a way that is completely unpredictable. It is still recognisable in some vague way, like a distant relative, but it has evolved into a different thing, and it is beautiful.”

Wordsmithery are also planning to publish a limited edition catalogue of the exhibition for £15, which will be available to pre-order from the Wordsmithery website, and at the launch event.

Exhibition details:
An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics: ‘The Road Not Taken’
Exhibition: 1-30 September 2015
Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester

Launch Event:
Live readings from the exhibition: 3 September, 7.30pm, Rochester Library.

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