The Poetry Project

Various artists

Originally commissioned as part of the Culture Programme of Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2013.

The Poetry Project paired contemporary Irish poetry with videos by contemporary Irish artists. Words at Wilton Park presents a welcome chance to revisit some favourites. The Project was viewed over the course of the Presidency by people in more than one hundred countries.

We are delighted to present ten of these at Living Canvas.

Nigel Rolfe

'Into the Mire' with Francis Harvey's 'Bogspeak'

Nick Miller

'The Colours' with John F Deane's poem 'The Colours'

Diana Copperwhite

'Shadow Sonnet' with Eilean Ni Chuilleanan's poem 'The Bend in the Road'


Artists and Poets

Artists: Katherine Boucher Beug, Oliver Comerford, Nick Miller, Nigel Rolfe, Susan Tiger, John O’Connell, Grace Weir, Diana Copperwhite, David Farrell and Anne Ffrench.

Poets: Brendan Kennelly, Eavan Boland, John F Deane, Francis Harvey, Enda Wyley, Paula Meehan, Derek Mahon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Harry Clifton and Iggy McGovern. Each film is approximately three minutes long. The Poetry Project was a partnership between The Kinsale Arts Festival, The Royal Hibernian Academy and Poetry Ireland. It was supported by Culture Ireland and Foras na Gaeilge. For more see

Living Canvas

Living Canvas is a cultural initiative by IPUT which establishes new ways of exhibiting artworks in large scale outdoor installations in Dublin’s city centre.

Living Canvas