Events

Journeys with “The Waste Land”
Exhibition Events

Leamington Studio Artists Open Competition

Response to ‘The Waste Land”

Call for entries NOW by October 1st! Submission form here!

East Lodge Gallery, Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 31st October – Sunday 25th November 2018

An independent related event inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land”, an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 15 September – 18 November 2018.

Igers Coventry Waste Land Instameet

Sun 9 Sep, 3.30 – 5.30pm

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Meet at the Herbert café anytime from 2.30pm)

Instagrammers assemble! Whether you are a beginner or a serious photography aficionado you can bring along your smartphone or camera and enjoy an afternoon capturing images of Coventry inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land” and its themes. The exhibition opens the following week and images from this Instameet will be on display within the museum. Under 16s welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Free. Book online in advance at theherbert.org

Part of the worldwide Instagram community known as Igers.

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Instagram @igerscoventry and @igerswarwickshire.

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Performed Reading of “The Waste Land”

Fri 14 Sept, 6.30-7pm

Coventry Cathedral

In celebration of the opening of Journeys with “The Waste Land”, Coventry Cathedral provides the spectacular setting for a performance of T.S. Eliot’s poem directed by Chris Stanley with actors Luke Beard and Imogen Parker.

Doors open at 6pm

Free entry, no booking required

Herbert Illuminations: Mapping “The Waste Land”

Tue 18 Sept, 12.30-1.30pm

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Join speaker Adrian Barlow for a talk offering an insight in to TS Eliot, his work and the context of his defining poem “The Waste Land”.

£3 payable on the door, no booking required

IOU Theatre: Rear View at Coventry Festival of Imagineers

Thu 20 – Sat 22 Sep

Starts at Swift Centre, Coventry

Led by the performance poets Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot, IOU tells the story of a woman’s life in an unforgettable journey through Coventry aboard a unique open-top bus. Beginning with a life-drawing class, Rear View reveals the town in new ways, with reflections, predictions and observations blurring the lines between reality and fiction.

For more information and to book tickets, go to: Festival of Imagineers

Waste Time (a do)

Sun 23rd Sept 1-3.30pm

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

‘What lies beyond is full of marvels and unreality, the land of poets and fabulists, of doubt and obscurity.’ Plutarch, Parallel Lives.

You are invited to come and Waste Time with What Lies Beyond…!  Bring a poem, bring your painting, bring your knitting, bring an instrument: come and waste a little time and learn that no time is wasted.

Come and do a turn or just turn up for the do.

Free entry, no booking required.

What Lies Beyond

An independent related event inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land”, an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 15 September – 18 November 2018.

 

Warwick Words History Festival:

Eliot and World War One: A New Take on the Drowned Phoenician Sailor

With Susannah Heffernan

Tue 2 Oct, 11am

Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick

“The Waste Land” poem is widely seen as TS Eliot’s response to the devastations of the First World War. Susannah Heffernan, a writer of literary speculative fiction, takes inspiration from his characters, Madame Sosostris and the Phoenician Sailor, and tells the little known history of American soldiers in Europe during the Great War.
For this event, Susannah Heffernan will read from her novel, a new work-in-progress, and there will be a Q&A session chaired by Professor Mike Tooby.

Tickets £7; to book go to: warwickwords.co.uk

An independent related event inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land”, an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 15 September – 18 November 2018.

Sketch Coventry

Sat 13 Oct, 10.30am-3.30pm

Starts at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Cafe

Taking your inspiration from Journeys with “The Waste Land”, join local urban sketchers for a day of drawing around Coventry City Centre. Look afresh at the cityscape, sketch in whatever medium you prefer and learn from each other in this self-led session. Please bring your own materials. Suitable for adults.

Free entry, no booking required.

The Visuality of Text

Sat 20 Oct, 10am-6pm

IAS Seminar Room, Millburn House, University of Warwick

This event explores the exhibition of text across differing times, cultures and disciplines: from traditional craft forms, such as stone carving and engraving, to conceptual art. As part of the day’s programme, the acclaimed artist John Newling – who, for Journeys with “The Waste Land”, has shredded several hundred copies of “The Waste Land” poem and then has turned the text into a soil that can sustain vegetative growth – will be in conversation with University of Warwick Curator, Sarah Shalgosky.

For further information, go to: Visuality of Text

Free. To book, please contact Nick Brown at Nicholas.brown@warwick.ac.uk.

Illustrated talk by Martin Rowson

Sat 20 Oct, 2-3.30pm

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Meet Martin Rowson, award winning cartoonist and scourge of the political establishment. In this talk he’ll discuss his satirical take on The Waste Land, a graphic poem in which private detective Chris Marlowe is tasked with getting to the bottom of the most impenetrable of all modernist mysteries: namely T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”. Cunningly contrived, this irreverent graphic parody is inspired in equal parts by the classic modernist poem and by the American noir novels of Raymond Chandler.

Join us for this rare opportunity for an informal and intimate discussion, followed by a Q&A, with one of the UK’s most distinct political commentators. Books will be available to purchase on the day for the author to sign.

Suitable for age 10+ poem.

£5 Booking required.
For more information and to book tickets, go to: theherbert.org

Leamington Studio Artists: Response to “The Waste Land”

Wed 31 Oct – Sun 25 Nov

East Lodge Gallery, Leamington Spa

This year’s LSA Annual Open Exhibition takes as its theme TS Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land”. The best work will be selected by a panel of judges including Professor Mike Tooby.

Closing date for submissions: 1 Oct 2018.

For further information, go to: lsa-artists.org

An independent related event inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land”, an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 15 September – 18 November 2018.

Fire and Dust Open Mic

Thu 1 Nov, 7.30pm

The Big Comfy Bookshop, Fargo Village, Coventry

In this open mic evening, professional and aspiring poets are encouraged to read work relating to TS Eliot’s “The Waste Land”.
Free. For further information, go to: thebigcomfybookshop.blogspot.co.uk

An independent related event inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land”, an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 15 September – 18 November 2018.

Hope and Raincoats: A Poetry Extravaganza

Sat 3 Nov, 2pm-3.15pm

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Join us for an afternoon of new poetry from some of the region’s foremost writers. This fresh and exciting work will be in response to Journeys with “The Waste Land”, which itself is inspired by the TS Eliot’s poem. Featured poets include Matt Black, Nigel Hutchinson, Liz Jolly, Andrea Mbarushimana, Anthony Owen, and Naomi Shihab Nye

Free but booking highly recommended; go to theherbert.org

Coventry on Film: from ‘a heap of broken images’

Introduced by Peter Walters and John Gore

Fri 9 Nov, 7.30pm

Warwick Arts Centre

Through this specially selected programme of films, Coventry’s journey is traced: from its destruction in November 1940 to the present day. Films include J.B. Priestly’s The Heart of Britain, A City Reborn and Basil Spence, Building the Cathedral. As well as the city’s physical reconstruction, these films together illuminate the resilience and adaptability of the people of Coventry.
£9 (£7.50). To book, go to: warwickartscentre.co.uk

Poetry Open Mic Night

Wed 14 Nov, 7.30pm (7pm registration)

Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon

Read a poem you have written yourself or choose your favourite poem by an author or simply come and listen. Enjoy an eclectic mix of poetry throughout the evening.

Free. For further information, go to shakespeare.org.uk

An independent related event inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land”, an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 15 September – 18 November 2018.

Professor Mike Tooby: Walking Beside You: Collaboration and Participation in

Journeys with “The Waste Land”

Thu 15 Nov, 2pm

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Come and meet Professor Mike Tooby, lead curator of Journeys with “The Waste Land” and members of the Coventry Waste Land Research Group. For the past two years, this group has selected works for exhibition, written explanatory texts, designed the gallery lay-out and a programme of events.This is your opportunity to learn more about the making of this unique exhibition.

Free but booking highly recommended; go to: theherbert.org

HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME!

Our journey’s ended!  Celebration!

Sun 25th Nov, 6pm

Episode Hotel: 64 Upper Holly Walk, Leamington Spa, CV32 4JL, Leamington Spa


Teams of 6 for the Quiz (we can team you up with others on the night)


£6 per person (to include tapas) 

Join us for the end of the Journeys with “The Waste Land” project!  Not a Burial of the Dead, but a Celebration of the whole project with a Party, Poems and a Quiz including
Tapas, a Bar and great company!

Booking highly recommended; go to: theherbert.org

An independent related event inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land”, an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 15 September – 18 November 2018.

Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song.
The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers,
Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends
Or other testimony of summer nights. The nymphs are departed.
And their friends, the loitering heirs of city directors;
Departed, have left no addresses.
By the waters of Leman I sat down and wept…
Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song,
Sweet Thames, run softly, for I speak not loud or long.

What shall I do now? What shall I do?”
“I shall rush out as I am, and walk the street
“With my hair down, so. What shall we do tomorrow?
“What shall we ever do?”

Shantih     Shantih     Shantih