Art and Poetry

Residency and symposium hosted by Rachael Allen.
In collaboration with VIAINDUSTRIAE and the INbookOUTbookIFbook program.
August – October 2020


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The Mahler & LeWitt Studios is pleased to announce a residency session, symposium and public program, hosted by Rachael Allen in partnership with the Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Spoleto, and VIAINDUSTRIAE, Foligno. The research focussed program will explore the dynamic relationship between poetry and the visual and performing arts.

The program will provide opportunities for residents to share new work in informal meetings with a network of peers, as well as to present research, performances, exhibitions and screenings. Residents will also be able to spend time in a unique artistsí books collection and the connected Viaindustriae Archive in Foligno (managed by Emanuele De Donno) which, among other works, includes a significant visual poetry, experimental writing and concrete poetry collection.

Rachael Allen was born in Cornwall, UK, and studied English Literature at Goldsmiths College, London. She is the poetry editor at Granta, co-editor at the poetry press Clinic and of the online journal Tender. A pamphlet of her poems was published as part of the Faber New Poets scheme, and her first collection, Kingdomland, was published by Faber & Faber in 2019. She worked on the manuscript during her 2018 residency in Spoleto at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios. Rachael has published several books in collaboration with visual artists, including Jolene with Guy Gormley (Matchsticks Books) andNights of Poor Sleep with Marie Jacotey (Test Centre). She is the recipient of an Eric Gregory award and New Writing Northís Andrew Waterhouse award.

Viaindustriae is a non-profit organization and a collective, active since 2005, developing contemporary art projects ñ publications, residencies, exhibitions and events ñ which respond to educational needs and conceive cultural projects as a creative, modular and open practice that can be inclusive and socially permeable. It is based in Foligno, Italy, in a former clothing factory. With its practice, it aims at investigating the intermediate territories between art and architecture, off-media publishing. Viaindustriae establishes a relationship with artists who seeks to engage with and enhance co-operation and co-generative instances of artistic production.