Angel Time exhibition with Angus Nivison

Last night was the opening of my Angel Time exhibition with the wonderful painter Angus Nivison, at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale. It was so exciting to see it up: it looks absolutely wonderful, so gorgeously and imaginatively displayed, immersive and extraordinary, my words and Angus’ striking, haunting artworks flowing in and out of each other beautifully. As well as my poems, song lyrics and prose fragment displayed on the walls next to the paintings they are inspired by, there are several audio readings, accessible via QR codes, of extracts from my novel The Ghost Squad which directly inspired others of Angus’ paintings, and also a ‘word cloud’ which is projected onto translucent hangings: looks so spookily effective! There was a big, interested crowd present and lots of great comments–people were really intrigued by it. The exhibition is on till August 28, so lots of opportunities for people to see it! Below are some pics from the exhibition.

This was an absolutely fantastic creative collaboration, the whole way through, and I am so grateful to Caroline Downer and Arts North West for initiating it, and to Rachael Parsons, Belinda Hungerford and the whole NERAM team for showcasing it so magnificently. And of course, the very warmest of thanks to my co-creator, Angus Nivison, who’s not only a most extraordinary artist, but also a lovely, generous human being and a real pleasure to work with!

At the opening of the exhibition:the poem on the wall is inspired by ‘Breath’, the painting just above the title of the exhibition.
‘Rapture’: the painting and the poem associated with it.
The ‘word cloud’ around the painting ‘Arvernus’
Prose fragment, inspired by the painting ‘Wrath’
‘Forever Never’ song lyrics inspired by the painting ‘Endless Never’
The painting ‘Surfacing, based on a scene and themes from The Ghost Squad (has audio reading associated with it)
Introduction to the exhibition by curator Caroline Downer and our artist statements.
And the book that inspired Angus!

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