This is a poem

Buxton Contemporary , Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Dodds Street Southbank, Victoria

Bringing contemporary art and poetry into dialogue,This is a poem is a multi-disciplinary project encompassing new commissions in a diverse mix of media and forms, live performances, a publication and an exhibition.

The project draws notable artists and poets into creative discourse. Each participant has been invited to write, perform, read or present in visual form an original work of poetry in response to an artwork held in the University's Buxton Contemporary collection.

Conceived to creatively animate the collection, This is a poem brings art, artists and poetry into orbit with audiences through an experimental and experiential exhibition that explores the longstanding tradition of ekphrastic poetry. An ekphrastic poem can be defined as a vivid description of response to a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating or reflecting on an artwork, a poet may amplify and expand its meaning.


Image: Mitch Cairns,Studies for This is a poem [detail], 2020, letraset on A4 paper, © the artist. Buxton Contemporary, The University of Melbourne