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John Lyons: Carnivalesque
Poetry Commission Open Call

The Whitworth x Manchester Poetry Library Commission

John Lyons: Carnivalesque
Poetry Commission Open Call

The spring begins with the first major retrospective exhibition of Caribbean British artist and poet John Lyons.

The Whitworth is working with Manchester Poetry Library to commission two poets from the North West or West Yorkshire region to produce new creative responses to John Lyons’ paintings and poetry. The commissioned work will be shared digitally by the Whitworth and each poet will be given the opportunity to perform their work at a curated ‘Thursday Late’ public event at the Whitworth.

Application details:

View the commission brief and find out how to apply >
Please note applicants must have completed and submitted their form by 23:59pm on Sunday 21 April 2024 to be considered.

Find out more about the Whitworth's upcoming exhibition John Lyons: Carnivalesque and Manchester Poetry Library.

Image: John Lyons, Before Ash Wednesday in Trinidad, detail, 1988
Oil on canvas (1590 x 2030 mm). Courtesy of the artist © John C.M. Lyons. Photo: Anne-Katrin Purkiss