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Voices from a Silk-Cotton Tree - John Lyons

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In this collection of poems by John Lyons, he mines more deeply the rich vein of childhood memories and experiences of Trinidad and Tobago, where he grew up.

John Lyons: Carnivalesque is on display at the Whitworth between 10 May and 25 August 2024.

Spanning six decades, the exhibition will survey his contribution to British art, literature and art education, centred on his exploration of Trinidadian folklore and mythology through painting and poetry. The show includes paintings, drawings and woodcuts, with selected small sculptures and sketchbooks. It includes Lyons’ poetry via text and sound, and importantly, explores the links between his visual and literary practices. An archival element considers Lyons’ long career in art education and the arts ecosystem in Manchester, West Yorkshire, and nationally. The exhibition and accompanying illustrated catalogue bring greater visibility and recognition at a timely moment in his long career.