An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics is a large scale collaborative project from Medway-based literary art organisation Wordsmithery, fusing words and images from writers and artists from Medway and beyond. Last year, in our inaugural year, as part of the Rochester Literature Festival, we teamed up 22 writers with 20 artists. This year the exhibition has grown by a third, as 32 writers will have their work interpreted by 27 or more artists… (we are currently collecting the artworks!)
We asked writers to write a piece inspired by Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken’, then we gave these writings anonymously to artists who interpreted them without knowing who the authors are.
The collaborations are revealed in the exhibition which runs until from 1-30 September 2015 at Rochester Library, then will move onto another local library.
Artwork by long-standing and established Medway writers and artists sits alongside the work of new talent in this stunning exhibition. Some of the writers whose work features are Bill Lewis, Maria C McCarthy, Sarah Hehir, Sam Fentiman-Hall, Sally Evans, Philip Kane, and some of the artists include: Peter Reeds (whose art features as the illustration for the exhibition poster), Heather Haythornthwaite, Chris Van Beck, Dianne Reeves and Maggie Drury.
Artists have interpreted the texts in a variety of media – including, photograms, oil paintings, photographs, linocuts, textiles, collage and sculpture.
The texts which inspired the artwork will be revealed in full at an event on 3 September 2015, where the writers will read their work, and leave a booklet of the stories and poems for visitors to read. The event, which is free to attend, takes place at Rochester Library.
Barry Fentiman-Hall of Wordsmithery, who curated the exhibition said: “This is collaborative art at its best. A simple idea passes through many hands and emerges in a way that is completely unpredictable. It is still recognisable in some vague way, like a distant relative, but it has evolved into a different thing, and it is beautiful.”
Exhibition: 1-30 September 2015
Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester
Launch Event: Live readings from the exhibition: 3 September, 7.30pm, Rochester Library. Please book with the library on 01634 337799.