Exhibition at the Undercurrents Gallery now open

Thanks to everyone who came to our launch event at The Bird’s Nest on Friday 4 October. We are now open and on display in the Undercurrents Gallery, Deptford, until 30 October, so do pop by (there are also some events planned at the gallery as part of the exhibition).

Here are some photos from the installation:


Undersea Zines – Call for submissions

Undersea Zines at the Bird's Nest

As part of our residency at the Undercurrents Gallery throughout October, we’ll be hosting a zine and DIY fair open to all and free entry.

TABLES

We have a limited number of tables available for artists or zine-makers who want to sell their work during the day. If you’d like a spot, please send some mermaid-related samples to poemsunderwater @t gmail.com.

BRING AND SWAP

We’re also inviting people to come along and bring their own work to swap or share. As long as it’s mermaid-related, we’d love to see it.

You can also find out more and join the event on our Facebook page.


Maritime Urban Legends: Residency at the Undercurrents Gallery, Deptford

Don’t miss our residency at the Undercurrents Gallery, Deptford from next Friday, 4 October 2013!

We’ll be collaborating with the Minesweeper Collective (who hosted our launch event on the 14th) to offer a programme of events around the theme of maritime urban legends.
Lots still to come, but the following have all been confirmed:

Friday 4 October

Exhibition opens.

Launch event hosted by the Minesweeper Collective, featuring live music and poetry.

Wednesday 16 October

Open mic session, including Luciana Francis, Oswaldo Santos, and Jan Lee

Wednesday 23 October

Open mic session including Andrew Souter and Tony Winn

Sunday 27 October

Mer-zine and craft fair in the Undercurrents Gallery – line up TBC (email poemsunderwater @t gmail.com if you’re interested in selling your own work)

Wednesday 30 October

Open mic session including Charlotte Higgins

Thursday 31 October

Last night of the exhibition! Live sea shanties from 7pm till 1am.

Each event will also include an opportunity to buy our anthology ‘Lines Underwater’.

If you’ve got your own mermaid stories to tell or mermaid-themed music to play, we’ve got slots available throughout the month – get in touch to tell us your idea.

To stay up to date, you can also join the event on Facebook.


Poems Underwater – Launch event in Deptford

Poems Underwater set sail last night on board a boat in Deptford (courtesy of the brilliant Minesweeper Collective).

We launched our new anthology, Lines Underwater, exhibited some of the artworks made as part of the project, and heard readings from some of the poets and writers involved. Musicians Tony Winn, Andrew Souter, Luciana Francis and Sara Eliot performed sets, and we had a splendid mermaid cake (you may remember the original one) courtesy of Alice Saville (RaddingtonB).

Here are some photos from the night…

Thank you so much to everyone who came along, performed and helped make it such a great night.

If you missed it, you can see the artworks from this exhibition, along with a few extra, at the Undercurrents Gallery, Deptford, from 4 October – 1 November 2013. We’ll also be publishing details of events running alongside this in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.


Launch event next week…

We’ve had lots of exciting deliveries this week, and many things to do as we prepare for our special launch event on Saturday (including some sheet painting, so we now have a flag).

We’re fully booked for Saturday, but if you’re missing out, don’t worry – you can come and see us for the whole month of October at the Undercurrents Gallery, Deptford. Here, we’ll be exhibiting selected works from the anthology and running a number of projects and events.

 


Michele Brenton – Five Photographs

We liked Michele Brenton’s photographs because, like Katie Hale’s poem Siren’s Song, they explored the idea of a ‘mermaid’s- eye view’,  whereas traditional accounts often present only a ‘sailor’s-eye view’ of the seductive mermaid. Michele writes,

“When I take a photograph I am trying to capture every moment and view I have experienced with that space over an extended period of time.  It could be seen as the diametric opposite of cubism as I attempt to concentrate as much as I can into one simple image.  This series of images was taken with a waterproof camera, one is completely underwater, four were taken as I trod water after swimming some distance out from the shore and one was taken from a rocky outcrop at sea which I reached by swimming and climbing so I could take the picture looking down at the boundaries between rock, dry weed, wet weed and open sea.  All are places intimately known to me and I hoped that the images would give a sense of being surrounded by water and allow me to share the sensual essences which collected make up each individual image.  I felt a spirituality of connection to these places and in my humble way I tried to capture the soul of them with my camera and eye and heart.

“Spartia at Dusk is a photograph taken from the sea off Spartia beach on Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea where I lived for three years.”

Michele’s beautiful photograph Spartia at Dusk can be seen in our anthology, and will also be exhibited at Deptford’s Undercurrents Gallery throughout October. Meanwhile, here are five more of her photographs, and a poem A life on the ocean’s wave!

 Michele Brenton self-identified as a writer before she was five & now past fifty realises self-identification is a complex, never-ending journey of discovery and surprises.  She does not like to imagine what her life would be like without the internet and the people who live in her computer. She hangs out on Twitter at http://twitter.com/banana_the_poet