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.

Sarah Longley »

Sarah Longley solo exhibition features pen and ink illustrations of her father Michael Longley's poetry

Sat 23 February | 10:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Junor Gallery, 43 South Street

Off the Shelf »

Nichola Martin re-imagines books from StAnza 2018 in canvas and charcoal

Mon 25 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1

A Melody of Sorts »

Lindsay Turk’s paintings engage with the poetry of Jon Plunkett

Mon 25 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

Grove »

Semi-permanent text interventions by Thomas A. Clark

Wed 6 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Windows & panels

In the Ink Dark »

An installation that explores memory and materiality to find language for loss

Thu 7 March | 09:15 - 17:00 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, Upstairs Gallery

Off the Wall »

Poem panels around St Andrews and beyond

Thu 7 March | 09:30 - 16:45 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room, and around town

New Passages »

A project on links between India and the Isle of Lewis

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Paolozzi at Large in Edinburgh »

A digital installation of selected poems and images from a new book about the artist’s Edinburgh legacy

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Welcome to Scotia Extremis »

Poems from the extremes of Scotland's psyche

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Clydebuilt »

Enjoy work by this year’s batch of Clydebuilt apprentices

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Mediterranean and Beyond »

Poetry from Mediterranean cultures and languages on show in this cabinet exhibition

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Cosmologist and Other Shorter Poems »

Selected short poems by Douglas Dunn translated into Italian by Marco Fazzini

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Scotland and Galicia (I) »

Two gardens haunted by each other

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Authoritative Commentaries »

An exhibition of poetry bookmarks from young people at Madras College in St Andrews 

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

A Bird World »

An exhibition of poetry produced by young people at Madras College

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

Authoritative Commentaries »

An exhibition of poetry by young people at Madras College

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Elemental Language »

Responding to the world's oldest periodic table chart

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

‘I sat till I could see no longer’ »

New textual artworks from Anna Chapman Parker

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Fife Contemporary Foyer

Another Place »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on artefacts from MUSA’s Amerindian collection

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

In Touch with the Past »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on Cypriot artefacts from the Bridges Collection

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

HamishMatters »

Responses to the Hamish Henderson centenary

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

Change »

A digital installation of poems and images from Magma Poetry’s climate change issue

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

An Leabhar Liath / The Light Blue Book »

A digital installation of excerpts from this anthology of blue Gaelic poetry

Thu 7 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Thu 7 March | 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Cat's Whiskers »

35 years of Mariscat Press

Thu 7 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

Plants, Politics and Power »

Poet and herbalist Lisa Fannen responds to the Old Chemist Shop

Thu 7 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Thu 7 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Meet the Artist »

Hear from Anna Chapman Parker on her exhibition ‘I sat till I could see no longer’

Thu 7 March | 13:40 - 14:10 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Fife Contemporary Foyer

Meet the Artist »

Meet Nichola Martin, the artist behind the Off the Shelf exhibition 

Thu 7 March | 13:40 - 17:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Thu 7 March | 15:00 - 15:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Special Past & Present »

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

Thu 7 March | 15:00 - 16:00 | free / ticketed | Napier Room, Martyrs Kirk, North Street

Meet the Artist »

Hear poems from Lisa Fannen and discuss her installation, Plants, Politics and Power

Thu 7 March | 16:00 - 16:45 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop

Poem in a Bottle »

Poems to sip and savour from Matthew Stewart’s Tasting Notes

Thu 7 March | 18:00 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Fri 8 March | 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Fri 8 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Fri 8 March | 15:00 - 15:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Sat 9 March | 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Meet the Artist »

Meet the husband-and-wife team behind A Melody of Sorts

Sat 9 March | 11:45 - 12:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Sat 9 March | 13:00 - 13:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Meet the Artist »

A chance to discover more about Arne Rautenberg's visual poetry

Sat 9 March | 14:40 - 15:10 | FREE | Public Library, Church Square, Meeting Room

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Sat 9 March | 15:00 - 15:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

In this cold’s tending time (I) »

Three artists, three gardens

Sun 10 March | 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

‘I sat till I could see no longer’ »

New textual artworks from Anna Chapman Parker

Sun 10 March | 11:00 - 16:00 | FREE | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Fife Contemporary Foyer