Visual Art

Photo: Helena Fornells Nadal

A regular feature of StAnza from the start, the festival’s exhibitions have varied considerably over the years but always reference poetry in some way. Ranging from poet/artist collaborations through artist’s books, kinetic poetry, installations, photography and concrete poetry to floating exhibitions on the festival’s Poetry Boat (2004 & 2007), the visual art programme has included artists of the calibre of Will Maclean and Elizabeth Ogilvie and acclaimed poets such as Alec Finlay and Gael Turnbull.

Plastik (Kunst) »

Astrid Jaekel responds to ocean-themed poems

Mon 3 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1

Berlin Water »

Valerie Coffin Price responds to the waterways of Berlin and the poetry of Stephanie Green

Mon 10 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

WrapperRhymes »

Poetry on sweet (and other) wrappers, curated by Helena Nelson and Jenny Elliott

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 17:15 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Message in a Bottle »

Bottles filled with poems washed up on these shores

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 17:15 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Wain »

Watercolours responding to Rachel Plummer’s re-imagining of Scottish myths

Thu 5 March | 09:15 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

Portraits of the Edge »

A digital installation of poems by Roderick Manson responding to Denis Mollison’s stunning photographs

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Dorothy’s Colour »

A digital installation of poems and paintings responding to Dorothy Wordsworth by Sarah Corbett and Zoe Benbow

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

walk-poems »

Take one of Alec Finlay’s poetic walking sticks for a stroll around town—free against a refundable deposit

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Coast Lines »

Poems commissioned for the festival respond to coastal images

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Carcanet at Fifty »

An intriguing glimpse into Carcanet’s archives

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Return to Brownsbank »

Stills from a film reflecting on Hugh MacDiarmid

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Expeditions »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on artefacts held by the University of St Andrews’ Museum

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

The Red Letter Library »

An installation of poems responding to illustrations by Talwin Morris

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic »

A digital installation of Nancy Campbell’s evocative Arctic alphabet

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

The Matchsafe »

A digital installation of poems in conversation with one another

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Poetry Pharmacy »

Deborah Alma’s Poetry Pharmacy comes to the Old Chemist Shop

Thu 5 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

Over the Line »

An introduction to poetry comics with work by Tom Humberstone and Chrissy Williams

Thu 5 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

poem-labels »

An offering of poems on bottles, by Alec Finlay

Thu 5 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

Special Past & Present »

A rare encounter with treasures from the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections

Thu 5 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | free / ticketed | Napier Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street

Meet the Artist »

Meet the artist behind Over the Line

Thu 5 March | 16:00 - 16:45 | FREE | Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

Tasting Notes »

Poems to sip and savour

Thu 5 March | 18:00 - 19:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Berlin Umbrella »

A sound and poetry walk with some rather special umbrellas, developed by Sonja Heyer and Stephanie Green—free against a refundable deposit

Fri 6 March | 14:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Meet the Artist »

Learn more about WrapperRhymes with Helena Nelson and Jenny Elliott

Fri 6 March | 15:45 - 16:30 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Berlin Umbrella »

A sound and poetry walk with some rather special umbrellas, developed by Sonja Heyer and Stephanie Green—free against a refundable deposit

Sat 7 March | 10:00 - 20:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Festival Desk

Meet the Artist »

Talk to the collaborators behind Berlin Water and Berlin Umbrella

Sat 7 March | 11:30 - 12:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Meet the Artist »

Robyn Marsack shares what she learned editing Fifty Fifty

Sat 7 March | 16:00 - 16:45 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room