StAnza Poetry Festival 2023

We are delighted to be working again with StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival in St Andrews in 2023. This year we will be increasing our partnership, programming work by two Scottish artists, who incorporate words and language into their work in dramatic and diverse ways. Both artists’ work has been programmed in response to this year’s StAnza theme, WILD: forms of resistance


The work of artist and designer, Rebecca Boyle will be featuring at St Andrews Heritage Museum across the period of the festival. Jewellery and graphic designer, Rebecca Boyle, will exhibit a selection of work motivated by the belief that art and design can be an effective tool to enable social change. Her pieces prompt interactions between the wearer and others as well as the public space they inhabit, including stamps and markers to enable interaction and social communication. Boyle graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2022, this will be the first solo exhibition in Scotland for this significant emerging talent.

Multidisciplinary visual artist Juliana Capes, will showcase a series of short film poems cocreated with pupils from Argyll High Schools and celebrate and explore their immersion in the Scottish Rainforest. An artist whose work explores description and perception, as part of how we experience the world. Unwrapping how to describe the indescribable, her most recent work has focused on our experience of the natural world. Juliana will also enact a live, descriptive walk around St Andrews, designed for both sighted and visually impaired audiences alike, the walk will be free for all to experience on Sunday 12th March.

Fife Contemporary Director, Kate Grenyer, says

“I am so pleased that we can bring the work of two very different artists to StAnza this year. St Andrews is a wonderful venue for the festival and this collaborative partnership provides audiences with a free opportunity to explore how visual art and craft can enhance their experience of the festival in locations across this historic town.”

  • Rebecca Boyle: Connecting Through Form, will be open at St Andrews Heritage Museum from 3rd to 19th March 2023 inclusive. Meet the Artist, from 1 – 2pm on Sunday 12th March (free event, but spaces are limited).
  • Juliana Capes: Rainforest Days, will be screening in The Byre Theatre Conference Room 3:30 – 8pm 10th – 12th March. Her live, descriptive walk will start from The Byre Theatre Foyer from 3:30pm on Sunday 12th March (free event, but spaces are limited).

Find out more details and view the whole programme here.

The exhibition has been created for StAnza Poetry Festival 2023 in partnership with Fife Contemporary.