Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
Saturday, April 13, 2019
12:00 AM
Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK3 8AB
North West England
Mark Sheeky

Join Mark Sheeky, and members of the Write Out Loud poetry group, at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery on Saturday April 13th, to hear some new and unique music inspired by the art exhibition there. The Music of Poetic Objects is an event of piano music and poetry readings, each inspired by a different object, poem, or work of art on show in the current Ekphrastic Towers exhibition.

Ekphrastic Towers is an experiment that explores the pathways of inspiration that span different media. The exhibition, conceived by John Keane of Write Out Loud, began with a series of strange objects. Poems were written about these, then artwork was painted or drawn about the poems, then more art and poems inspired by those works. The end result is a chain of inspiration that indicates the flow and transformation of information over several generations. The new piano pieces you will hear on April 13th has been specifically composed as musical versions of some of the poems, objects, and artworks on show.

Ekphrasis is the act of transforming a visual artwork into a poem or piece of writing, but more broadly a transformation of an art idea across different forms; in this case art into music. Perhaps the most famous example of ekphrasis in music is Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Mark Sheeky is a contemporary artist, painter, and performer based in Cheshire.