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Astro-poems and Vertical Group Exercises:
Concrete poetry at CSA

13 June – 13 July 2018

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Astro-poems and vertical group exercises: exhibition tours


04 Jul 2018, 2pm to 5pm

To coincide with the exhibition 'Astro-poems and vertical group exercises: Concrete poetry at CSA' Chelsea Space is hosting a series of tours of the exhibition to take place on Wednesday 4 July 2-5pm, with Gustavo Grandal Montero giving a curator’s tour, a typography tour with Fraser Muggeridge and a performative tour of selected works with Nicola Simpson.

Fraser Muggeridge is a graphic designer, typographer, educator and curator, with an interest in the history of experimental graphic design in the 1960s and 1970s, including Concrete poetry. He is director of Fraser Muggeridge Studio and founder of the Typography Summer School, held in London since 2010 and New York since 2013. He is a visiting lecturer at The University of Reading and Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

Nicola Simpson is editor of The Cosmic Typewriter, The Life and Work of Dom Sylvester Houédard (Occasional Papers, 2012) and co-editor of Dom Sylvester Houédard (Ridinghouse and Richard Saltoun Gallery, 2017). The exhibitions that she has curated include Performing No Thingness (East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts, 2016), The Cosmic Typewriter exhibition and symposium (South London Gallery, 2012) and The Yoga of Concrete (Norwich University of the Arts, 2010). Her research interests focus on Dom Sylvester Houédard and the influence of Zen and Vajrayana Buddhism on British Conceptual Art of the 1960s and 1970s.

Gustavo Grandal Montero is a librarian and special collections curator at University of the Arts London. His research interests include Concrete poetry, artists’ books and publishing, art ephemera and art libraries and archives. He convened the conference Concrete Poetry: UK networks and connections (Chelsea College of Arts, 2017) and has curated or co-curated several exhibitions, the latest Astro-poems and vertical group exercises: Concrete Poetry at CSA. He is currently a PhD candidate (The “Turn to language”: Concrete poetry and visual art in Britain in the 1960s) and Deputy Editor of the Art Libraries Journal.

Astro-poems and vertical group exercises: exhibition tours



Concrete poetry at Chelsea School of Art


27 June 2018
Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London.
16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU

5:45pm doors open
6pm Welcome, Donald Smith (Director of Exhibitions, Chelsea Space)
6.10-7.30pm Panel discussion
7.30-8.30pm Drinks and exhibition tour, Chelsea Space

To coincide with the exhibition ‘Astro-poems and Vertical Group Exercises: Concrete poetry at CSA’, this panel discussion includes Stephen Bann, Charles Verey and Chris Yetton, chaired by the curator of the exhibition, Gustavo Grandal Montero. The focus of the conversation will be Concrete poetry and the visual arts of the second half of the 1960s; Chelsea School of Art and British art schools at that time; and the life and work of Tom Edmonds (1944-1971), student and later lecturer at CSA, and influential designer, artist and educator Edward Wright (1912-1988), Head of Graphics at CSA 1963-1977.

Professor Stephen Bann (CBE, FBA, Emeritus Professor of History of Art, U. of Bristol) is an art historian, critic and curator. His involvement with Concrete poetry starts in 1964 and he assisted in planning the First International Exhibition of Concrete and Kinetic Poetry (Cambridge, 1964).He was director of the Concrete Poetry Exhibition at the Brighton Festival in 1967. In addition to his critical writing, he edited two of the first anthologies of Concrete poetry in English, as well as being a practitioner.

Charles Verey trained at the Slade School (1959 -1963) and was introduced to Dom Sylvester Houédard in 1965 by Bob Cobbing at a poetry symposium in Nottingham. He created the imprint South Street in 1966, and between 1966-69 co-organised a series of Concrete poetry exhibitions with Dom Sylvester, John Furnival and Ken Cox, at Arlington Mill in Gloucestershire. Since 1971 he has been associated with Beshara, as a student and Trustee. He edited Ceolfrith 15: Dom Sylvester Houédard in 1972 and is currently working on a new biography of this artist.

Chris Yetton is an art historian and writer. He lectured art history at Chelsea School of Art from 1963 to 2005, having led the Art History department and retiring as Dean of Fine Art. He taught Tom Edmonds as an undergraduate at Chelsea and was a friend and colleague of Ed Wright. With an interest in Concrete art and musique concrète, he has written on John Carter, Roger Ackling, Ian Stephenson and James Hugonin.

Concrete poetry at Chelsea School of Art




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