Stanza Poetry Festival 2014 – Stephen Raw

St Andrews Town Hall foyer, Thurs 6 – Sun 9 March 2014, 10am-5pm, admission free.

Was it for this the clay grew tall?

A selection of works from Stephen Raw’s exhibition, inspired by the poetry of Wilfred Owen.

Stephen Raw’s ‘Was it for this the clay grew tall’ was first exhibited in London as part of the 2013 City of London Festival. It was inspired by the poetry of Wilfred Owen which Benjamin Britten set to music in his choral masterpiece: War Requiem. The artist worked for more than ten years on this vision exploring Owen’s voice through a variety of different media. Seven of the original nine Owen poems have been curated for the ‘Words Under Fire’ theme at StAnza 2014, which includes a short film.

A longer film by Stephen Raw about the complete exhibition will be shown at StAnza 2014 on Sunday 9 March at 3.30pm, when the artist himself will talk about the artwork. There will also be a Meet the Artist event at the Town Hall on Friday 7 March at 12.30pm.

The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, said when she opened the exhibition in London that it was “a true labour of love and a realised, timely, truly visionary response to the genius of both Wilfred Owen and Benjamin Britten and to the pity and horror of war.”

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Fife Contemporary Art & Craft.

– Fri 7 March,12.00-1.00pm, Meet the Artist: Stephen Raw
St Andrews Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Foyer/FCA&C, Free

– Sun 9 March, 3.30-4.30pm, Film: Was it for this the clay grew tall? A screening of Stephen Raw’s film with commentary by the artist.
Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews, £3.50/£2.50