After Arcadia: Ian Hamilton Finlay

After Arcadia: Ian Hamilton Finlay

Apply the active, integrated practice of art-making to your poems

Ian Hamilton Finlay has been variously described as an artist, poet, sculptor, philosopher and gardener. His work appeared on paper, in prints and handmade books, but also inscribed on stone and metal, and placed in the landscape on benches and sundials. In this manner, he was interested in the word as an active gesture – political, provocative, open to the air rather than enclosed in a book. In this workshop, we will look at his practice as an integrated way of making, thinking about how we can apply his vision to our own poems.

This course is a pair with After Arcadia: Cy Twombly, on 9 February. Students are welcome to sign up for both!

Saturday 9 March, 10.30am – 4.30pm

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

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About Tamar Yoseloff View Profile

Tamar Yoseloff’s fifth collection, A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, was published by Seren in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with the artist Linda Karshan; and a book with the artist David Harker. She is a London-based freelance tutor in creative writing, and runs site-specific writing courses for galleries such as the Hayward, the Royal Academy and the Tate. Her blog, Invective Against Swans, explores the intersections between poetry and visual art.

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– Autumn 2017 Survey response

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