26 Atlantic Crossings was a collaborative exhibition between 26 visual artists from Prince Edward County in Ontario, Canada, and 26 writers from across the British Isles, who ‘gave voice’ to a piece of their artwork in the form of a sestude. Connections were made. Firm friendships arose. Hundreds of visitors were attracted to the exhibition, in Canada, of the artwork and their sestudes.
Mihal Zada, reporter for The Times of Wellington, created a sweet little film of the opening night. We are grateful to Rick Conroy, editor and owner of The Times for making it available to us all because the only sadness we felt was that 25 writers couldn’t be there to experience the coming together their creativity for ‘real’. Here it is for you to enjoy.
An exhibition of original artwork by 26 Canadian artists in collaboration with 26 writers from the UK and Ireland.
August 22 – 24, 2014.
Distance often makes the heart grow fonder. When it is the Atlantic Ocean that causes that distance, yearnings for connection frequently surface. 26 members from Prince Edward County Studio Tour and 26.org.uk joined together to see if connections between two minds, two cultures, between the visual and literary arts, could be made. The project was called 26 Atlantic Crossings. 26 Canadian artists were paired with 26 writers from the UK and Ireland. Each artist provided an original piece of artwork and their paired writer, using the theme of Atlantic crossings, responded, gave voice, in exactly 62 words. Why 62? 26, the number of letters in the alphabet, in reflection. A cross fertilisation of creativity ensued. A kind of hybrid vigour arose.