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POEMS4OCEANS: a moving image, photography and poetry installation  will showcase YOUYOU Mentoring poets and writers who have created poems inspired by the beauty and plight of the oceans. 

Presented by  YOUYOU Mentoring the showcase of audio-visual poems will be projected onto three large screens that will take over the entire Strand Gallery space in London from the 2nd-3rd September 2017.

Each poem has been recorded by the poets and special guests, including the British actor and poet, Nicholas Pinnock, who is starring with Anna Friel in ITV1 drama, Marcella, and Jo Wood entrepreneur, presenter, and environmentalist. 

Simon Reeve, author, presenter, and conservationist who is also supporting the project, said: “POEMS4OCEANS uses creative storytelling to explore the mystery, beauty and life support of our oceans, transporting us to this magical realm, and gently reminding us how precious and threatened it is."

YOUYOU Mentoring, a London based initiative which offers free mentorships to develop the next generation of creative talent. The scheme teamed young, emerging poets with the British award-winning film composer, Sacha Puttnam, and leading international visual artists, including National Portrait Gallery photographer and filmmaker, Venetia Dearden, underwater photographer, Jem Cresswell, and Mexican poet and artist, Alexandra Duran.

Inspired by the visual artists who work with oceans and marine life, and by the music scored by Sacha Puttnam, the poets have produced work on a variety of themes, from pollution and humpback whales to the women sea divers of Korea, and travels around the British coastline.
Poppy Turner, an award-winning poet and beneficiary of the YOUYOU Mentoring scheme, focused her poem, We Are The Oceans, on the vital issue of combating plastic pollution in the ocean.  She said “POEMS4OCEANS is a platform that is using poetry creatively. Writing poems is like painting a picture, we are using words to bring stories of the ocean alive."

POEMS4OCEANS will also be screening We Are The Marine Conservation Society, a short film narrated by Simon Reeve.  MCS have been the voice of our seas for over 30 years.  www.mcsuk.org


Private View, Friday 1st September (Invitation only.)
For invite and press enquires email contact@youyoumentoring.org.uk

Open to the public on the 2nd-3rd September 2017
The Strand Gallery
32 John Adam St, London WC2N 6BP
11am-6pm. Admission Free.

The Strand Gallery and Aurora Multimedia.
Private View sponsor, OffTheLine Vinyard.

Poppy Turner, Laura O’Driscoll, Phil Coales, Louella Ward, Darien Charles and Nyasha Duri (YOUYOU Mentoring, youth literary Ambassador.) 

Film composer, Sacha Puttnam. The son of the legendary film producer, David Puttnam, Sacha has scored the music for over 30 films and is a regular composer for BBC Radio 4 dramas.

Venetia Dearden is a British award-winning photographer and filmmaker. She is noted for her first book, Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams and for a solo exhibition of Glastonbury, Another Stage at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her recent works include Tadpoles and Waking Waves.  www.venetiadearden.com

Mijoo Kim is a Korean photographer, based in New York. Last year, Mijoo documented the sea women of the Jeju island in Korea as part of The Mothers of the Sea series. www.mijookim.com

Jem Cresswell is an Australian-based underwater photographer and filmmaker and the creator of Giants. Jem tracked, photographed and filmed compelling black and white images of humpback whales.

Alejandro Duran is a photographer, poet, and filmmaker, originally from Mexico and now living in New York. Alejandro's acclaimed work includes Washed Up where he collected washed up bottles, chairs, lids, buckets and other plastic waste along the coast of Mexico and created hauntingly beautiful installations that he then curated in video, sound, and photography.  www.alejandroduran.com

Watch POEMS4OCEANS trailer  (right).

CLIP from REPO written and performed by Phil Coales, featuring 'GIANTS' photographed by Jem Cresswell.

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