Work / Film

Art: Three poets react to Tate Britain’s treasures in great series of films

They have a day for everything now, spurious PR-driven celebrations like National Soft Cheese Day. But some of them are actually quite interesting, particularly when creatively-minded institutions get involved, and these videos by the Tate Britain for National Poetry Day kick bandwagon-jumping to the kerb in some style. The gallery invited three poets to react to some of the work in its collection and create works inspired by it; so we are treated to Scroobius Pip on the Chapman brothers, George the Poet on photographer Paul Graham and John Hegley on a CRW Nevinson painting called The Arrival which has a particularly personal resonance for him.

As huge fans of creative cross-fertilisation this kind of series is right up our street and we get a great insight into the way these three talented chaps think; I really like George the Poet’s line about the woman’s face in the photograph “sending him on a chase in his head.” Top work Tate and looking forward to the relaunch of the gallery next month!