Typoetry, an immensely ambitious project of public poetry across the borough of Newham, came to a close this Sunday July 17th at East Ham's applecart arts.
‘Typoetry’ is an exhibition of poetry and graphic design. Around thirty artworks printed in large format will form poetic trails in the town centres of the London Borough of Newham from 30 April to 29 May 2022. Led by the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK, in collaboration with Newham Council and the University of Art and Design in Lausanne (ECAL), the project champions typography and poetry whilst developing tools of empowerment. The artworks will be showcased on the front windows of trading businesses, public buildings, vacant premises and other sites. The exhibition and its engagement programme will contribute to the social and economic activity of the London Borough of Newham. Moreover, as a public art installation, Typoetry promotes and fosters two artistic forms rarely accessible to broad audiences or seen in art spaces: poetry and typography. RETHINK - REBUILD In light of the tragic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as today’s global challenges, many aspects of our lives need to be rethought and redefined. Typoetry aims to open new perspectives on these global shifts and their solutions. RETHINK – REBUILD is the loose theme of the curated poetry and the poetry conceived during workshops with young people. Supported by its engagement programme, the exhibition will give food for thought to pedestrians and the local community and will create a space of expression and creation for the young people of Newham; it will attract residents and new visitors, giving an opportunity to local businesses to increase their footfall. A website is planned to tie in the different aspects of the project, showcasing the involvement and exchanges of all participants. Typoetry does not rely on international travel and complies with the public health measures that have been implemented in the past. In a bid for a united and sustainable future, the project ties in all aspects of society.
For more details see here: https://www.europeanpoetryfestival.com/typoetry
I was priviliged to be invited to read at this event. All the readings can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/user/fowlerpoetry/videos