Pussycat Kenny Mathews
sleeps in the yards
next to the other trains
dreams about going through
Easter and Christmas station
~ Thom Roberts from 'Around the World to the Other Side of the World'
Past/Present Pets is a collaborative project with Studio A honouring the life force of animals through a body of poetic and visual work that captures the spirit of companionship.
The project commissions 14 Studio A artists to create a series of response poems to accompany their art based on pets – past, present, fantastic and from the future – reflecting their role in our personal, social and sacred worlds, now more than ever.
To support the creation of the poems, six Red Room Poetry poets, Robin M. Eames, Rozanna Lilley, Johanna Featherstone, Gareth Jenkins, David Stavanger and Tamryn Bennett, worked one-on-one via Zoom with Studio A artists. Workshops ran through June and July, with the final poems and artworks published by Red Room Poetry in September 2020.
Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney Australia that tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists.