Nic Sandiland
The Poetry Installations

An exhibition by Nic Sandiland in collaboration with The Poetry Society

'The Poetry Installations' is a sound and visual exhibition which documents the work of some of the hundreds of poets in residence over the UK through the Poetry Places scheme, funded by the Arts Council's "Arts for Everyone" budget. It is a permanent installation located at the Poetry Cafe at 22 Betterton Street in London (for a map and information on Cafe hours, press here).

The exhibition uses a range of materials including an intravenous drip, a section of pier, telephone handsets and over 2 kilometres of electrical wire to create a visual documentation of: Andrew Fusek Peter's week long stay on a gas platform off the coast of Great Yarmouth, David Hart's residency at Worcester Cathedral and Kate Clanchy's work with the Red Cross. In addition, viewers may connect to a huge telephone exchange to hear poems from Poetry Places nationwide, or listen to the sound of a poem as it is being written.

The poets currently documented in the installations:
David Hart
at Worcester Cathedral
Eleanor Cooke at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Kevin McCann at Wymott Prison
Eva Salzman at Bromley by Bow Healthy Living Centre
Tobias Hill at London Zoo
Peter Sansom at Marks and Spencer
Patience Agbabi at a Tattoo Studio in Holloway
Jane Duran at various London based Schools
Kate Clanchy with the Red Cross
Roger McGough, B.T. Poet in Residence
Steve Popple, Arco gas platform worker
Don Paterson from Edinburgh

Other poems featured:
The Sea by R. S. Thomas
Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith
Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
The Fourteenth Canto from The Sinking of the Titanic by Hans Magnus Enzensberger.



Nic Sandiland has been a practising artist working with installation, performance and film for the past ten years. Originally an electronics engineer, he went on to study dance and performance in the late eighties and early nineties and has shown work in London, Edinburgh, Berlin and Singapore.

He is currently starting research with Navraj Sidhu and Sam Birt on a large group performance based at the Royal Geographical Society for September 2000.

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