IMG_5107 - CopyIf you like art then you’ll probably be the sort of person who likes asking questions and exploring ideas… and the best way to do that is to respond with your very own piece of art!

I took part in the community walk ‘By My Side Come Rain Or Shine’ on Sunday, and it was a fantastic introduction to Made in Roath (glorious sunshine too!) as well as a perfect example of turning art into art. Our first stop was the Passchendaele poem, up on the wall of Juno lounge (no.38). The new dark red wall provided a striking backdrop for this eerie apocalyptic postcard design which features an extract from a chilling poem by Alfred Noyes, written in 1916.

As we stood there, with cars rushing past on Wellfield Road, we were absorbed into an oasis of silence, listening to the artist Paddy Faulkner recite a poem which someone wrote just a few days ago, in response to looking at this very image – a poem from a postcard of a poem… from one piece of art to another…

And now it’s your turn…

Take a look at the artwork on display during Made in Roath, and find something interesting, something that makes you wonder, makes you think… then write a poem in response. It doesn’t have to be long, or complicated. It doesn’t even have to look like you expect a poem to look (this is Made in Roath after all). Just write it down, and then send it (along with a photo of the artwork that inspired you) to by 5pm on Friday, and you’ll be entered into the Ekphrastic Challenge Poetry Competition. Go on… give it a go!IMG_5098

The prizes include:

  • Online publication right here on the Made in Roath blog
  • A £15 book token
  • An impressive book on world art
  • The chance to have your work displayed at ‘Three Doors Up’ art space in Queens Arcade

“Only our silence, in the night, shall grow
more silent, as the stars grow in the sky;”

(An extract from the poem by Alfred Noyes)

The 2nd image in this post shows art from no.73 ‘A Curious Nature’ by Philippa Brown.