Ever dreamed about having your poems on display in a public location? It is a good idea to try to team up with a supporting organization. This can be an arts organization, community group or local writers group. The key thing is that you get connected to people with shared interests, and who can help you find opportunities to share your work. Some of these organizations can even help you to approach exhibition spaces and think about funding.
A great first step is often to share your work digitally, on online platforms, magazines or social media. This will help you learn about what people think of your work, and get feedback. In addition to that, you also have something tangible to approach a possible supporting organization.
Poet Elinor Cole submitted her poetry to Poets’ Corner, and was chosen as Poet of the Month in June 2015. Poets’ Corner then worked with Elinor to approach Dudley Museum and Art Gallery to see if there were opportunities to share her work.
Image. Poet Elinor visited Dudley Museum and Art Gallery with a team member from Poets’ Corner to speak about the exhibition, and meet the museum’s mascot Fluffy!(Credits: Fluffy The Mammoth Fanpage )
Once the idea for the exhibition was agreed upon, Elinor worked to make the final revisions to her poems. Poets’ Corner staff then helped her to create a professional lay-out. The poems were then ready to be send off to the printer!
Image. (Credits Leaveners staff)
A dedicated curator of Dudley Museum and Art Gallery then professionally framed and installed Elinor’s poems, next to the etchings of R.S. Chattock.
Image. Poet Elinor at the ‘Black Country Tales’ exhibition (Credits: Twitter @ )
After the installation it was time for sharing! It is essential that you let other people know that the exhibition is on. You or the supporting organization can create flyers, contact local media, but you can also use social media! See here how Elinor tweets about the exhibition through her account @NellieFayeCole
Image. (Credits: Twitter @ )
Let Elinor know what you think about her hard work and go visit the exhibition!
In celebration of the ‘Black Country Tales’ exhibition, which will open at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery on the 19th of March, Poets’ Corner will give you a unique insight in the process from poetry writing to a public exhibition. Poet Elinor Cole, who will be exhibiting seven of her poems in the ‘Black Country Tales’ exhibition, will share her story with you.