Text Festival opening

Bury Art Museum and Bury Sculpture Centre, Moss St., Bury, BL9 0DF.

Friday 2nd May 2014 / 7.00pm.

A first chance to see the Text Festival exhibitions and experience the new Bury Sculpture Centre in the company of many of the Festival artists.

The Text Festival in Bury is an internationally recognised event investigating contemporary language art (poetry, text art, sound and media text, live art), curated by Tony Trehy.

The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry


The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry edited by Tony Lopez

It is a remarkable phenomenon that the foremost among recent sites of this interrogation of boundaries has been a series of festivals located in Bury, on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. World leading artists and poets have been brought together in a range of exhibitions and performances that demonstrate a new and productive collision of different cultural enterprises and expectations. Among those shown at the Text Festivals are Fiona Banner, derek beaulieu, Caroline Bergvall, Joseph Beuys, Christian Bok, Brass Art, Marcel Broodthaers, Pavel Buchler, Augusto de Campos, Zeynep Cansu, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Liz Collini, Philip Davenport, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Eugen Gomringer, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Alexander Jorgenson, Satu Kaikonen, Martin Kippenburger, Karri Kokko, Marton Koppany, On Kawara, Helmut Lemke, Richard Long, Tony Lopez, Jackson Mac Low, Hansjorg Mayer, Steve Miller, Kerry Morrison, Maurizio Nannucci, Patrick Fabian Panetta, Holly Pester, Tom Philips, Shaun Pickard, Kate Pickering, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Spencer Roberts, Ed Ruscha, Ron Silliman, Mary Ellen Solt, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Harald Stoffers, Carolyn Thompson, Nick Thurston, Aysegul Tozeren, TNWK, Tony Trehy, Nico Vasilakis, Carol Watts, Lawrence Weiner, George Widener, Ming Wong, and Eric Zboya. Artists, poets and curators working in these overlapping fields have written this book. It includes new essays by Tony Trehy (director of the Text Festivals), derek beaulieu, Christian Bok, Liz Collini, James Davies, Philip Davenport, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Tony Lopez, Holly Pester, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Carolyn Thompson, and Carol Watts.

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THE DARK WOULD at the Poetry Library

A preview event at London’s Poetry Library for a new, pioneering anthology of text artists and poets ‘The Dark Would’, which includes work by over 100 contributors including Richard Long, Fiona Banner, Charles Bernstein and many more, with readings and a panel discussion by artists and poets. Chairing the discussion and fielding audience questions is ‘The Dark Would’ editor Philip Davenport and curator Tony Trehy. More at the Poetry Library site.

The Text Festival: Rainer Ganahl

Via Tony Trehy:

Guest curators Helen Kaplinsky & Maurice Carlin of Reading for Reading’s Sake bring New York based Rainer Ganahl to the Transport Museum. Ganahl, who represented Austria in the 1999 Venice Biennale, arrives on Wednesday though installation of his exhibition at the Bury Transport Museum starts on Monday. Ganahl has ambitious plans to create various works this week including two films. The show is called Engels…Engels…Engels and is an investigation through videos, assemblage, photos and prints of “The Condition of the Working Class in England” (1844).

As part of the project Ganahl will facilitate Engels seminars on the 18th (6:30-8:30pm), 19th (2-4pm) and 20th (6:30-8:30pm) May at Bury Transport Museum. No prior reading required but to book email kaplinskyhelen@yahoo.co.uk. The artist will also present a talk on Thurs 19th May 6pm at Islington Mill.

More here.

Text Festival 2011 begins this Saturday

The Text Festival weekend launches in Bury on Saturday morning – details of the exhibitions attached – opening performances by

11.00 am Marco Giovenale (from Italy)

11.20 Helen White and Moniek Darge (from Belgium)

11.45 Márton Koppány (from Hungary)

Sarah Sanders will do a spontaneous performance sometime in the morning (when the moment is right)

Helmut Lemke and Hans Specht will perform a durational conversational artwork from about 11.15 am for 4 hours.

LINK to rest of programme

Two Calls for Participation

From Tony Trehy:


Call for submissions for inclusion in a CD of language/text-based responses to the great contemporary composer Luigi Nono. The works will also be featured in a sound art exhibition in October-November as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

If you would like to be part of this project get in touch with me.


Deadline: 15 September

For more details contact tony.trehy@tiscali.co.uk


The Text Festival partnership with the Live Art Development Agency call for participants:


A found-live-language speaking choir, based on a 3 1/2-day intensive collaborative workshop to explore techniques of gathering, creating forms with and improvising live with found language.

Who can apply?
DIY is a scheme for artists working in Live Art. However, many of the DIY projects are relevant to artists who are interested in Live Art/performance but may not have an extensive track-record of Live Art practice.
Deadline and notification
The DIY projects have an application deadline of Friday 16 July, 2010. If you would like to take part in this DIY project (or one of the others featured on the LADA website) you need to contact the DIY project leader and submit your application to them.

Each project has slightly different selection methods – most often you will be asked to submit a cv or biography and a short statement. You should check each project description carefully to work out what is required for your submission. If in doubt, email the lead artist as early as possible with a question to clarify what is required.

The lead artist will respond to your submission and let you know if you have been accepted to participate. They will usually do this within a week of the deadline. Sometimes they will request further information to help them work out if the project is right for you.

The deadline for submission is 16 July. We encourage you however to make your submission at any time leading up to the deadline.

How much does DIY cost?
Generally DIY projects are free to take part in; however, for some projects you will be asked to contribute to the cost of food and other direct expenses. Mostly you will also be asked to cover your own travel costs to and from the place where the project is taking place. Some projects provide participants for specified costs such as travel.

The artist:
Fiona Templeton is a poet, director, performance/installation artist and teacher. She is director of the performance group, The Relationship, based in New York and London, which specialises in site-specific work, innovative language and exploring relations to the audience. Books and performances include The Medead (a performance epic), L’Ile (a citywide performance commissioned for Lille 2004), You-The City (an intimate Manhattanwide play for an audience of one), Cells of Release (an installation in an abandoned penitentiary), Delirium of Interpretations (on Camille Claudel), and Mum in Airdrie (poetry). Her current work involves Bluebeard and ventriloquism.
www.fionatempleton.org / www.therelationship.org

Third Text Festival – Calls For Submissions

The third international Text Festival in Bury, Manchester, UK, will open on 29 April 2011.

Project proposals and submissions are invited – in any artform (sound, media, poetry, visual art, etc) using language in innovative ways. As I have mentioned over the last few months the shape of the next festival has been forming, with some great things in place already. There are more venues and new approaches. In addition to the open call, you can submit ideas in response to 4 projected exhibition themes:

3.Visual Poetry
4.Artists’ Books

Electronic submission (preferred) to


or by mail to

Text Festival
Bury Art Gallery
Moss St

Via Tony Trehy



Manchester’s Piccadilly Metro station features a set of nine lightboxes facing the platforms which are devoted to display of artworks. Originally part of the Text Festival but delayed due to engineering works, the station has just reopened with text works selected by Tony Trehy supported by the Hamilton Project.


The Other Room at Oxjam


The Other Room will be presenting an extra event on Sunday 25th October as part of the Oxjam festival. The venue is Apotheca in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and the start is scheduled for 1 PM. We will have three readers:

  • Stuart Calton
  • James Davies
  • Tony Trehy
  • Click here to read more about Oxjam and here to go to the website for Apotheca.

    If Not This – Ben Gwilliam, Helmut Lemke, Lee Patterson, Matt Wand

    As part of the Exhibition Not At This Address (1 August – 7 November), Bury Art Gallery presents an evening of new performances from four of Manchester’s most active Sound Artists working today. If not this is a survey of works that explores sound in performance, crossing the terrain where music and sound often meet inside and outside of Contemporary Art.

    Ben Gwilliam performs ‘molto semplice e cantabile’ a new work for ice records and turntables on the relationship between opus 111 and listening descriptions. Helmut Lemke will perform a durational piece specifically for the gallery that utilises live sound and amplification. Lee Patterson will present a new work containing pre-recorded and improvised elements, where the recordings used are sourced from wire fences in Birtle and within bodies of water in the Bury Metropolitan area. Matt Wand will probably perform ‘I owe it to the girls’.

    Bury Art Gallery
    Friday 4 September

    19.00-22.00 FREE

    Language Moment

    In the ancient Olympics poetry was a key part of the celebration of athletic achievement. The 21st Century Olympiad has become a symbol of developing global friendship and so needs again to celebrate the importance of languages in world dialogue. The idea of “The Language Moment” is to create an international gathering of the world’s most innovative artists who use language – from web artists to poets, sound artists to sculptors. The event will include performances, exhibitions, films, readings, sound and media installations, internet projects, broadcasts, public art commissions, publications, schools and community events. It aims to create a moment in which language itself becomes the vehicle for celebration.

    I have 7 weeks to map out what this will involve. This event is the opportunity for poets and artists who work with language to carry forward the ideas of the Text Festival to a new level of global profile. I will be inviting many many people to participate and I am particularly open to proposals for projects you would like to see in the event – but you have to be quick.

    Via Tony Trehy


    The Other Room 10 – aftermath

    Sean Bonney and Frances Kruk gave us a magnificent evening on 5th August.  Tony Trehy‘s photograph of Sean and Frances above.

    Richard Barrett has posted more photographs here.

    Matt Dalby has reviewed the evening  and you can read it here

    Alex Davies recorded the first half and you can listen to that here.

    Thanks to all for these resources and thank you again to Sean, Frances and everyone who came along.