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Curator tour and symposium

Thu 23 - Fri 24 Nov 2017

Do you want to delve deeper into the art and poetry of Arp?

Special late opening and curator tour

Thursday 23 November 5.30 - 7.30pm

Join us for our special late opening on Thursday 23rd November. You will be part of a guided curator tour from co-curator of Arp: The Poetry of Forms, Frances Guy, as well as hearing from Helen Caddick about what it was like to compose with Arp as inspiration.

Booking is essential. To book your ticket, click the grey button at the top of this page.

Standard evening ticket £10 / student ticket £5


Arp: Influence and Exchange
The Finnis Scott Symposium at Turner Contemporary 
Friday 24 November 10.30am - 5pm

Join us for an exciting symposium exploring the work of Hans Jean Arp. Learn from experts and find new ways of looking at Arp's approach to art and poetry.

This symposium will explore Arp’s influence on and engagement with major twentieth century art movements, his collaborations with artists of the European avant-garde, and his enduring legacy today.

The notion of a ‘poetry of forms’ is powerfully expressed in the sculptures, reliefs, drawings, paintings, poems and other texts of Hans Jean Arp (1886-1966). Enriched with originality and humour, the works he produced throughout a long career establish a web of relationships, echoes and dialogues. Both individually and as a whole they continue to develop new meanings.

Speakers include Helen Caddick (Independent composer), Dr Jill Fell (Birkbeck, University of London), Dr Edward Juler (Newcastle), Dr Julia Kelly (Leeds Beckett University), Prof Eric Robertson (Royal Holloway, University of London), Dr Rachel Smith (Tate), Professor Brandon Taylor (Southampton University/ Ruskin School of Art, Oxford).

Booking is essential. To book your ticket, click the grey button at the top of this page.

Standard day ticket £20 / student ticket £15

Arp The Poetry of Forms at Turner Contemporary, installation photograph by Stephen White (1).jpg

Join us for both!

Join us for the special late opening and symposium to explore every angle of Arp's unique approach.

Booking is essential. To book your ticket, click the grey button at the top of this page.

Standard ticket £30 / student ticket £20

HOW TO BOOK: If you want to book tickets for Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th or both, click the grey Book Now button at the top of this page (ignoring the drop down menu) and you will be able to choose from ticket options. If you have any problems, contact or 01843 233 000, or come into the gallery to book tickets.

 Arp The Poetry of Forms at Turner Contemporary. Photography Manu Palomeque (56).jpg

Further details

These events are organised alongside Arp: The Poetry of Forms at Turner Contemporary, Margate, the first exhibition in a public gallery of Arp’s work in the UK since 1966, co-curated by Frances Guy and Prof. Eric Robertson.

Organised by Turner Contemporary in partnership with the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London

Arp: The Poetry of Forms is at Turner Contemporary from 13 October 2017 to 14 January 2018. Organised by Turner Contemporary in collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum.

Exhibition supported by Pro Helvetia and Finnis Scott Foundation.


Thursday 23 November
5.30 - 5.45
Welcome and drinks reception

5.45 - 6.30
Exhibition tour led by exhibition co-curator Frances Guy

6.45 - 7.15
Composer Helen Caddick presents Amphora.

Friday 24 November
10.30 - 11.00
Registration and refreshments

11.00 - 11.15
Welcome and introduction to the day

11.15 - 11.45
Dr Julia Kelly
Arp, Surrealism and Sculpture

11.50 - 12.20
Dr Rachel Smith
Parts, Movements, Patterns: Constellations and Interwar Britain

12.25 - 12.55
Dr Edward Juler
'A Clutch of eggs with a few Arp scraps': the biocentric reception of Hans Arp in Britain, c.1935-45

13.00 - 14.15

14.15 - 14.45
Prof Eric Robertson
Arp's Poetic Forms

14.50 - 15.20
Dr Jill Fell
News from Meudon and Grasse: Sophie Taeuber-Arp's letters to her sister during the "Hitler years"

15.25 - 15.55
Prof Brandon Taylor

16.00 - 16.30
Break (refreshments provided)

Closing remarks


Book your ticket for the special late opening and Arp: The Poetry of Forms Symposium here. Booking is essential for both events.

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