A collection of newly-commissioned poetry written by 12 in response to Helen Mirra’s Acts for placing woollen and linen
13 September 2020
In September 2020 CAMPLE LINE launched a collection of newly-commissioned poetry written by members of 12 and performed at CAMPLE LINE in response to Helen Mirra’s exhibition Acts for placing woollen and linen. Taking the seven alternating stripes of the weavings themselves as a starting point, the collection of seven-line poems written by Tessa Berring, Lynn Davidson, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Jane Goldman and JL Williams also incorporate responses to one another’s writing, which echo the very nature of the exhibition – an undertaking that is at once collective and individual.
12 is a women’s poetry collective who write and respond to one another’s writing. The poetry collective originally formed at the request of Sophia Hao, curator at Cooper Gallery in Dundee, in order to create work echoing the collaborative Feministo Postal Art Event of 1975-77. In 2018 they performed in response to and amid Emma Hart’s exhibition Banger at the Fruitmarket Gallery, and in 2020 created new writing for Cooper Gallery through written responses shared weekly.