Young Producers • Exhibition

WordPlay

Dates of event: Until 18 Jul 2024 Mon - Thu, Daily Opening Time: 10:00am - Daily Closing Time: 5:00pm

Venue Address: The Window Gallery, City Arts, 11-13 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FH

Promotional image for the event 'Word Play'. The background features a cityscape seen through large windows with an orange tint. Overlaying the background are several blue-toned lips in different positions, including smiling, speaking, and closed. The text 'Word Play' is prominently displayed in the center in a stylized font.

Presented by the Young Producers at City Arts, this exhibition showcases poetry-based artwork by both local and international emerging creatives. Featuring a wide range of voices and talents from up-and-coming artists and poets, the exhibition aims to expand what it means to create and share poetry.

Working in pairs, 10 creatives collaborated as part of a project designed to develop their practice as artists and poets. They were supported by poets Ahren Warner and Vanessa Bell. Their work has been brought together into an exhibition by artist Graham Elstone. The ten featured artists and poets are Carolina Rodrigues, Casey Soma, Crisia Constantine, Husna Khalid, James Milner, Jiayi Chen, Kate Lawrence, Klaudia Rzezniczak, River Glade and Ruby Dennis.

The work is exhibited as part of Nottingham Poetry Festival 2024.

About the contributors

Young Producers

Based at City Arts, Young Producers is a group for creatives aged 18-30. It supports them to develop professionally and artistically. The Young Producers have been part of Nottingham Poetry Festival for a number of years, running different projects under the title WordPlay. This edition of the project has been produced by Amelia Daiz.

Graham Elstone

Grahame has worked widely as an artist, creative educator and technical/project manager. His practice involves digital arts, installation, performance and mixed media. His work has been shown in galleries, theatres, festivals and public spaces.

Ahren Warner

Ahren is a poet and artist who has published five books of poetry, most recently ‘I’m Totally Killing Your Vibes’ (Bloodaxe, 2021). His photography, film and installation works have been exhibited and screened at galleries and institutions both in the UK and internationally.

Vanessa Bell

Vanessa is poet, performer, artist, curator and literary activist, based in Quebec, Canada. Her literary arts practice has taken her work to the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia, in terms of being published, performing and exhibiting work.