Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’: Exhibition Events

Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ is a Mead Gallery exhibition. It is presented at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Sat 15 Sept – Sun 18 Nov 2018) and at Coventry Cathedral (Sat 15 Sept Thurs 15 Nov 2018). A full programme of events have been organised to coincide with the exhibition. Details follow:

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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)
FREE. Book online in advance at theherbert.org
Under 16s welcome but must be accompanied by an adult

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.

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Performed Reading of ‘The Waste Land’

Fri 14 Sept, 6.30-7pm (doors open 6pm)
Coventry Cathedral
FREE entry. No booking required

In celebration of the opening of Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, Coventry Cathedral provides the spectacular setting for a performance of TS Eliot’s poem directed by Chris Stanley with actors Luke Beard and Imogen Parker.

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Herbert Illuminations: Mapping ‘The Waste Land’

Tue 18 Sept, 12.30 – 1.30pm
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
£3 payable on the door. No booking required

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’.

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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.

Click here for more information and to book tickets

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Waste Time (a do)

Sun 23 Sep, 1-3.30pm
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Free entry, no booking required

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.

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Pecha Kucha Coventry: Wasted

Thu 4 Oct, 7.30-11pm (doors open 7pm)
Old Grammar School, Hales Street, Coventry
Suitable for ages 16+
FREE. Book online in advance at theherbert.org

Coventry’s own distinct brand of the global phenomenon Pecha Kucha – a fast and furious presentation format, named after the Japanese phrase for ‘Chit Chat’, where speakers have just 20 seconds to speak about each of their 20 slides – combines forces with The Herbert’s Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ exhibition to explore some of the artworks and processes, each in around 6 minutes 40 seconds. Expect a fun evening featuring a series of short presentations, loosely inspired by the umbrella theme of “Wasted” – with ample time between-times to think, drink and chat. Click here for further information

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Sketch Coventry

Sat 13 Oct, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Starts at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Cafe
Suitable for adults
FREE. No booking required

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.

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The Visuality of Text

Sat 20 Oct, 10am-6pm
IAS Seminar Room, Millburn House, University of Warwick
FREE. To book, please contact Nick Brown at Nicholas.brown@warwick.ac.uk.

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. Click here for further

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Artist’s Talk: Martin Rowson

Sat 20 Oct, 2 – 3.30pm
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Suitable for ages 10+
Tickets £5. Book online in advance at theherbert.org

Meet Martin Rowson, award winning cartoonist and scourge of the political establishment. In this talk he’ll discuss his graphic poem. The Waste Land, in which private detective Chris Marlowe is tasked with getting to the bottom of the most impenetrable of all modernist mysteries: namely TS Eliot’s The Waste Land. Cunningly contrived, this irreverent parody is inspired in equal parts by the classic modernist poem and by the American noir novels of Raymond Chandler. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and books will be available to purchase on the day for the author to sign. For more information and to book tickets, go to theherbert.org

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Hope and Raincoats: A Poetry Extravaganza

Sat 3 Nov, 2pm-3.15pm
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
FREE. Book online in advance at theherbert.org

Join us for an afternoon of poetry from some of the region’s foremost writers. The poems selected relate to themes within Eliot’s poem, particularly journeys and the spirit of human endurance. Featured poets include Matt Black, Nigel Hutchinson, Liz Jolly, Andrea Mbarushimana, Anthony Owen, and Naomi Shihab Nye.

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

Introduced by Peter Walters and John Gore
Fri 9 Nov, 7.30pm
Warwick Arts Centre
Tickets £9 (£7)

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.

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Professor Mike Tooby: Walking Beside You: Collaboration and Participation in Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’

Thu 15 Nov, 2pm
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
FREE. Book online in advance at theherbert.org

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.

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Sun 25 Nov, 6pm
Episode Hotel, 64 Upper Holly Walk, Leamington Spa
£6, including tapas. Book online in advance at theherbert.org

Join us for the closing party. The evening will include poetry and a pub quiz.

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Related Events

In response to Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, individuals and organisations from across the region have organised their own events and exhibitions. Details follow:


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

The Waste Land 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.

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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 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

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Fire and Dust Open Mic

Thu 4 Oct, 1 Nov & 6 Dec, 7.30pm
The Big Comfy Bookshop, Fargo Village, Coventry

In these open mic evenings, professional and aspiring poets will be reading new works inspired by TS Eliot’s The Waste Land and the exhibition Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’. Click here for further information

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VoxBox: Then Spoke the Thunder

Mon 29 Oct, 7.30pm
Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, Birmingham
£10 (£8). Book at bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire

A musical exploration of The Waste Land.

The Waste Land is a crowded thoroughfare of competing voices, each jostling for attention. In this, the
first of our Birmingham Conservatoire’s new VoxBox series, the essential role that music plays in this at times barren, at times deafening landscape is explored.

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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. Click here for further information

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