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The Waste Land: UCA Canterbury artists exhibit work exploring themes from iconic poem

Interactive installations, created by UCA Canterbury artists, have gone on display at the CRATE space in Margate and Turner Contemporary.

Exploring themes from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, the installations – made up of artists’ books – form part of a wider research project, Different Voices, undertaken by UCA staff and students.

Named after T.S. Eliot’s original title for the poem, which was part-written in nearby Margate, Different Voices aims to generate new materials and present past materials created in response to The Waste Land. The project is running alongside the Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ exhibition at Turner Contemporary, in partnership with the CRATE space, and will conclude with a series of public workshops.

Ian Bottle, a Lecturer in Fine Art at UCA Canterbury who built the three units used to display the artists’ book, said: “Throughout the project, students have used the poem as a means of creating artist books which are now housed within the installation. The sculptured piece is art and a mobile bookcase combined, which is populated with everything from literature to sculptured objects.

“The three units, one of which is currently being exhibited at Turner Contemporary, and the other two at CRATE, are representative of the way Eliot reinvented the narrative structure of the poem at the time.”

Different Voices will run until Sunday 4 March, with members of the public having chance to interact with the project through a live screen printing event this weekend (17 and 18 February), before the three sculptured units go on tour to other venues across Margate. Following this, a multimedia event, led by Ian Bottle and UCA Canterbury students, will see a presentation of the artists’ books along with projection, performance and installation.

The closing event, A heap of broken images, will take place on Saturday 3 March from 12 to 4pm and is set to include the presentation of new material generated through UCA’s Different Voices project, as well as work created by members of the public who have participated in the project workshops. A special reading of The Waste Land will also be given by Dr Ian Jones of the Journeys with 'The Waste Land' research group at Turner Contemporary.

Different Voices forms part of CRATE’s Spring Programme 2018.