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Pele Cox at David Hockney exhibition preview in Scarborough
Pele Cox, the
Poet in Residence at the Royal Academy, will be the special guest
at a private viewing of a new exhibition in Scarborough featuring
the work of Yorkshire artist David Hockney.
The free exhibition at Woodend is being
delivered in association with the Goldmark Gallery based in
Uppingham, Rutland and is part a full exhibition programme at the
creative industries centre in The Crescent in Scarborough’s
The Hockney exhibition will feature work
from his Grimm’s Fairy Tales collection. It runs from 1-26 August,
with the exhibition’s opening marking the official start of “A
Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough” – a five-day event to celebrate
Yorkshire culture co-ordinated by Scarborough Borough Council and
the Urban Area Forum and supported by Welcome to Yorkshire.
Pele, who is the former Poet in Residence
at Tate Modern, accepted an invitation from Welcome to Yorkshire to
speak at the opening and is set to recite some of her poetry about
Hockney and his work.
The private viewing on Tuesday 31 July –
which is by invitation only – will also see a live Skype link-up
with a community of Yorkshire ex-pats in Waiuku, New Zealand, who,
because of the time difference between the United Kingdom and New
Zealand, will already be celebrating Yorkshire Day on 1 August.
Woodend Director, Andrew Clay, said: “We
are thrilled and honoured to be able to bring work by David Hockney
to Woodend and the people of Scarborough and I also very much
looking forward to hearing the work of Pele Cox – I believe she is
one of this country’s finest poets right now.”
Janet Deacon, Area Director of Welcome to
Yorkshire, added: “With mentors like Andrew Motion, it’s no
surprise that Pele is regarded so highly – it will be a real
privilege to welcome her to Scarborough.”
“A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough” is
being organised in association with a number of partners which
include The Yorkshire Society, Scarborough Museums Trust,
Scarborough Spa, Scarborough Castle, the Woodend Creative
Industries Centre, Crescent Arts, Scarborough Library and
Information Centre, the Market Hall and Vaults, the North York
Moors National Park authority and Yorkshire Treasure Trails.
For a full list of events, visit www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/yorkshirefestival