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NeST gallery celebrates the Year of the Dragon

January 17, 2012

NeST gallery, Barnard Castle

NeST gallery in Barnard Castle has timed the launch of its new exhibition ‘The Natural World’ to coincide with celebrations for the Chinese Year of the Dragon.  NeST invites you to take an ‘Artist date’ as advocated by Julia Cameron and visit the gallery on Sunday 22nd January from 4 – 6p.m.  Sculptor Michael Hartley will be constructing a copper dragon in the gallery.  Artists exhibiting new work in the gallery will give short talks about their creative processes and I will introduce the Japanese concept of Haiga which combines images and Haiku verse.

For the occasion I have adapted a well known poem by Issa for visitors to consider while they view the exhibition.

Once in the frame

everyone of them is equal –

the paintings.

The original refers to chess pieces in a box.

The gallery recently teamed up with Mudfog press to install a selection of poetry pamphlets to complement artwork on display.  Mudfog are currently accepting submissions from new poets.  See

If you would like to take up the challenge of writing haiku refer to for details of their 2012 competition which closes on 31st January 2012.

I leave you with the following thoughts which I encapsulated into a contemporary haiku form for NeST’s newsletter:

be inspired

by your inner dragon

release the artist within.


From → Poetry

  1. Sounds great. I hope it went well. I wish I’d read this earlier then might have come along!

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