Artlyst Art To Poetry Competition




The 2020 Artlyst Art To Poetry Competition In Association With The Poetry Society Announces Long List

Artlyst and The Poetry Society are delighted to announce the longlists for the inaugural Art to Poetry Award, in both the adult and youth competitions. The Artlyst Art to Poetry Award is a new international award for poetry responding to works of art. It launched in December 2019.

The adult entries were judged by the poet and art critics Sue Hubbard and Kelly Grovier representing Artlyst, Judith Palmer, and Ben Rogers from The Poetry Society, as well as poets Katrina Naomi and Helen Ivory.
The adult competition received over 1,500 ekphrastic poems, inspired by a dazzling variety of works from classical to modern eras, and responding to a range of media, including sculpture, painting, photography and artists’ video.

The youth competition was judged by Helen Bowell from The Poetry Society and Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey).

The announcement of the overall winners will be made later in July to coincide with the publication of a limited edition winners’ anthology with original artwork by the renowned artist Sean Scully.

View the full longlists here

In response to growing concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have had to postpone the prize-giving event for the Artlyst Art To Poetry competition, in association with The Poetry Society. The event was set to take place on 13 May 2020 at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, in Mayfair. Judging is ongoing and the shortlist will be announced as soon as possible, however, the winners will not be revealed until the event in September. I am so sorry to be the bearer of bad news as we have all worked so hard to create this event.

Artlyst in association with The Poetry Society launched this new international award for poetry based on works of art for the first time in December. The judges are busy sifting through over 1500 entries and all will be revealed on 13 May when the envelope will be opened to unveil this year’s winners.

The awards are made possible by Artlyst and Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) in association with The Poetry Society

From ancient times poets have been inspired by art. Ekphrastic poetry has given us some of the most celebrated poems in the English language from Keats’ ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, to W.H. Auden’s ‘Musée des Beaux-Arts’, based on Brueghel’s famous painting of Icarus falling from the sky. In each case, what has been created is not a mere description but a fresh insight, a new world, an autonomous work of art.

Sean Scully

Sean Scully

The Artlyst Art to Poetry Award celebrating ekphrastic poetry was open to all poets worldwide aged 18 or over. Entrants were allowed to submit as many poems as they wished so long as they were based on an artwork. This could take the form of a painting, sculpture installation, video, or fine art photograph.

The competition’s judging panel is headed by the Novelist/Poet/Art Critic Sue Hubbard, with judges from Artlyst and The Poetry Society and Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey).

There are awards of £1,000, £300, three runners-up prizes of £50. There will also be a special young peoples’ prize which was free to enter if you were 11-17.

The winners will be invited to an awards ceremony, on 13 May 2020 at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mayfair.  The best poems will be published in an anthology with an original cover created by the internationally renowned artist Sean Scully. additionally, selected poems will be published on the Artlyst and Poetry Society websites.

The competition deadline was 11.59 pm on 2nd March 2020. All entries were made online via The Poetry Society’s submission portal.

Top Photo: Antony Gormley Royal Academy Inset 2 Sean Scully Photos by P C Robinson © Artlyst 2019



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