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20 December 2016
The focus of this residency was to respond to Oriel Davies' new exhibition space. The Drawing Room, ...
14 December 2016
​"Another exercise that is very effective is walking on colours. Pick out all the reds on a street, ...
09 December 2016
08 November 2016
10am: I want to get into the imagination of this town - tattoo people an...
03 November 2016

Associate Artist

Residency Dates:

Tuesday 01, Tuesday 29 November, Tuesday 06, Friday 09, Tuesday 13, Saturday 17, Tuesday 20 December

Artist Biography

Sophie McKeand is from north Wales and is the current Young People’s Laureate for Wales. Her work explores Community Artistry: engaging with The Arts to build stronger communities. She won the Out Spoken Innovation in Poetry Award in 2015, was longlisted for the Poetry Society‘s National Poetry Competition in 2014 and was the Poet in Residence at Focus Wales Festival in 2016. She has been published in the likes of Poetry Wales, Dark Mountain, Earthlines and Tears in the Fence, and her second poetry pamphlet Hanes was launched November 2015, accompanied by a promotional tour of Cymru. As well as being a writer/producer on various projects for National TheatreWales TEAM, Sophie regularly facilitates workshops for organisations such as Literature Wales, Arts Council Wales, Age Cymru and Oriel Wrecsam with a focus on working with marginalised groups in society.

"Sophie writes poems in which strange, old, true things are forced into contact with the present. They twist and turn and you never get quite what you expect from them, which is what gives them their power… some of the most interesting poems I've read in a long while. Genuinely original." Paul Kingsnorth

"An allusive, restless sensibility turned outwards to the world; her words have heft, they grasp their way out of poetry into landscape." Jay Griffiths

Sophie's most recent piece of work #thirtydaysofBrexit can be found here.

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