2018 will, thankfully, see the North East filled with a vast array of great art and music. It will also play host to the 35th birthday of Apple and Snakes – England’s largest organisation dedicated to showcasing spoken word and performance poetry.
To celebrate their milestone occasion, Apples and Snakes will be holding an exhibition at ARC in Stockton in what promises to be a historically fascinating look into a history that spans the best part of four decades.
With a reputation for creating exciting performances and ushering in new and passionate performers in the world of performance poetry, Apples and Snakes have become the leading name in championing talent in the UK. And it’s fair to say that there will be plenty to experience in their retrospective exhibition.
The fascination exhibition will feature performances and materials saved by the company dating back to the 1980s. AV points will also show archive footage that will take viewers on a trip down memory lane, plus there’ll be special audio recordings of legendary poet and performer, Linton Kwesi Johnson.
The exhibition will be touring five venues and will play host to six guest curators: Inua Ellams, Cerys Matthews, Holly McNish, John Hegley, Roger McGough and Benjamin Zephaniah, with each venue holding tailored exhibits and performers.
Along with the exhibition, Stockton-based poet and spoken word performer Sarah Crutwell will be commissioned as poet-in-residence. During the exhibition, she will be working with all-women poetry group The TWP to create unique local performances.
Poetry Pioneers: 35 Years is running now and will run until Monday 12th of February – and entry is free.
For further information about the exhibition, and to find out more about what is coming up at ARC in Stockton throughout 2018, please head to arconline.co.uk now.