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Poetry, public lectures and exhibitions are all present and correct at Teesside University

The university is boasting an eclectic offering featuring award-winning cartoonist Martin Rowson, poet Jo Colley and artist Stephen McKenna

Poetry on campus

Teesside University launches a new series of regular poetry readings on campus this spring. Organised in partnership with Smokestack Books, the programme features some great names in contemporary poetry.

Jo Colley, a well-known figure on the Teesside poetry scene, kicks off the series. Jo’s most recent collection Bones of Birds celebrates all those who achieve the miracle of flight and those who struggle to accept our earth-bound lives. Zeppelins, birds, transported lovers, angels and witches all make an appearance.

See Jo read from her collection on February 24 from 6pm-8pm in the University’s Athena Building.

From March 9-20, an exhibition of the work of visual journalist, award-winning cartoonist and poet, Martin Rowson will be on display in the University’s free-to-attend Constantine Gallery on the Middlesbrough Campus (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm). Martin is renowned for his political satire and cutting graphic style and since 2010 has been documenting the highs and lows – particularly the lows – of the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition. Scathingly funny, Martin’s work appears regularly in The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and the Mirror.

You can book online for Martin Rowson’s poetry reading on March 17 at 6pm in the Centuria Building, Teesside University at www.tees.ac.uk/events

Also on campus

Honorary graduate Steve Purdham will return to his roots to deliver a public lecture this month, exploring the exciting opportunities that the internet has brought to society, as well as discussing the potentially darker sides of our online world.

‘The world is changing: a look at the internet of things and how the digital world is about to change again’ will take place on March 5, from 5.30pm to 7pm, in the Centuria Building, Teesside University. Book online at tees.ac.uk/events

Martin Rowson the cartoonist at work
Martin Rowson the cartoonist at work

At mima

Stephen McKenna’s popular exhibition continues at Teesside University’s partner gallery, mima this month. Perspectives of Europe 1980-2014 features works from this period including paintings, drawings and watercolours of landscapes, cities and trees.

mima director, Alistair Hudson said: “This is a poignant body of work, further enriched by the inclusion of McKenna’s drawings, connecting perfectly with our local industrial and cultural history.”

Stephen McKenna is best known for his postmodern figurative paintings and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1986.

Life drawing – weekly from Friday, March 6 at 5.45pm

If you’d like to stretch your artistic practice this year, join a weekly, one hour evening session at mima focussing on life drawing skills. Materials are provided and no experience is necessary. A clothed model is used.

The class costs £3.50 on the door*, to be paid at mima reception.

* Save £5 by purchasing a ten week block of sessions for £30.

mima’s jewellers in residence are currently creating new work in mima’s popular jewellery gallery. Visit mima on Tuesdays during gallery opening hours to see Gemma Draper, or Wednesdays during gallery opening hours to see Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon in action.

Go to www.visitmima.com for details.

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