I am currently working on the project ‘Suspended Sentences’, This is an exhibition of visual responses to the poetry of Simon Armitage.50 artists, performers and poets from Cornwall have been selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

12th - 22nd September, 2013 12pm - 6.30pm £4 entrance fee
Turners Warehouse, the Coombe, Newlyn, TR18 5HS
Simon Armitage’s Walk

In mid September one of the nation’s favorite poets, Simon Armitage, will be arriving in Newlyn after walking the South West coast path from Minehead to Land’s End giving readings of his poetry in 24 venues including pubs, village halls, and schools after which he will be passing round a hat at the end of the evening to help pay for his accommodation each night. His final mainland reading will be at Newlyn School of Art at the Old Board School in Newlyn before setting off to the Scilly Isles where he will walk between the Isles when the tides allow and give his final readings.

The walk will be recorded in a book which will echo Simon’s experiences two years ago when he wrote the book Walking Home – Travels with a Troubadour from his experiences of walking the Pennine Way as a wandering poet. The new book will be called Walking Away – A journey on foot from Minehead in Somerset along the north coast of the South West Coast Path to Land’s End and beyond…

The Exhibition

To coincide with this ‘Modern Troubadour’ walk and his visit to Newlyn, the curators of this art exhibition have asked selected artists to respond to his poetry with paintings, sculptures and films which will present an interactive and unique experience for the public visiting the exhibition which will be held in the dramatic setting of this disused fish warehouse in the famous port of Newlyn.

The project began with a dialogue between the poet and artist Mark Spray who has been absorbed by his writing for many years. Mark has teamed up with artists / curators Jesse Leroy Smith and Henry Garfit and with the support from Simon Armitage and a wealth of artists and organisations they aim to portray the depth of talent and imagination in the region. 

Simon Armitage has generously given his permission for his poetry to become part of the this multi media exhibition with excerpts from the poems which inspired many of these art works scrawled onto the walls in different parts of the venue.