Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Where we begin to look: landscape and poetry

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Glass Tank, Abercrombie, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre warmly invites you to attend the opening of the exhibition Where We Begin to Look: Landscape and Poetry on Friday 11 October at 6.30pm in the Glass Tank, Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University.

Water, sky, earth, coast. No landscape exists out of context: like anything else, landscape is as subject to the effects of time, culture, power, ownership and ecology as it is to its poetical, historical and gendered constructions.

Where We Begin to Look is a collaborative exhibition by the artist Zoe Benbow and the poet, Deryn Rees-Jones. Benbow’s pictures, many made in situ, are the products of her inhabitation of, and engagement with, the landscape – the weather, the shifting light and contours of which she becomes a part while drawing. By setting these works in dialogue with a range of poems by British and American women selected by Rees–Jones, important questions are asked about the relationship between, and the construction of, the female self and the natural world.

The opening event will feature a discussion about the exhibition by Benbow and Rees-Jones, chaired by Judith Palmer, Director of the Poetry Society, and readings by Rees-Jones and Sarah Corbett, whose work appears in the show.