Picture the Poet Conference

With performances by poets and project participants, this Conference will explore ways that galleries, museums and libraries can support creative writing and literacy for young people in schools and in the community. Poet Ian McMillan will be ‘in residence’ during the day, to share his perspective on the project and his approach to inspiring creative writing.

Date: 16/06/2024 – 16/06/2024


Inspiring creative writing in galleries with young people, poets and portraits

Monday 25 April 2016, 11am – 4pm 
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

Booking deadline: 12 Noon, Monday 11 April 2016
Tickets: £25 – £30


Picture the Poet 2014-2016 is an exhibition of photographic portraits of living poets, touring to six regional venues: The Forum in Norwich, Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield, The Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston, The Collection in Lincoln, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Tullie House in Carlisle. The partnership programme was developed by the National Portrait Gallery – working in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust and Apples and Snakes – to develop a targeted learning, participation and audience development programme with each venue.

The Picture the Poet programme gave teachers and young people the opportunity to engage with poets, poetry and photography, to build their visual literacy and literacy skills and create new work. For more information, visit the project website.

engage members, teachers and colleagues working in learning across galleries, museums and libraries are invited to attend this 1-day Conference to share practice from Picture the Poet and explore innovative ways to support creative writing and literacy in schools and in the community.

The Conference Programme will include:

 Perspectives on Picture the Poet by the project partners: Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust; Liz Smith, Director of Participation and Learning, National Portrait Gallery; and Lisa Mead, Artistic Director, Apples and Snakes

 Presentations and a panel discussion chaired by Liz Smith on inspiring creative writing through visual culture for teachers and young people in schools and the community: with contributions on working with schools from Erin Barnes, Schools Project Manager, Picture the Poet, National Literacy Trust, Paul Jenkins,Picture the Poet Schools Co-ordinator, National Literacy Trust and teacher Kim Bird; on working with teachers by poet Francesca Beard; on working in the community by poet Sai Murray

 A spoken word performance by a group of Sheffield young people, introduced by poet Vicky Morris, part of Apples and Snakes participation programme

 Contributions throughout the day by poet Ian McMillan

 Presentations and a panel discussion on the legacy of Picture the Poet, chaired by Laura Down, Head of National Programmes, National Portrait Gallery: with contributions from Alison Boyle, Arts Council England North East Relationship Manager Literature; Jennie Lambert, Learning Officer, Sunderland Museums and Heritage Service; Sam AtkinsManaging Editor of the Young Journalists Academy / Paradigm Arts; Daniela Paolucci, Participation Coordinator, Apples and Snakes, and Anna Smalley, Learning and Engagement Manager, Tulie House.

 Time for discussion and questions from the floor

The Conference is aimed at:

 Teachers and colleagues working in learning across galleries, museums and libraries.


£25.00engage Organisational & Personal members£30.00   Full Price (Non engage members)



Concessionary ticket sales (Non engage members: students, unemployed, over 60s, disabled people: supporting documentation required)   Tickets include lunch/refreshments during Conference
Please note, engage are unable to accept refund requests 


Visit http://picture-the-poet-conference-tickets.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place before 12 Noon on Monday 11 April 2016.

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