Northern Beaches Christian School, NSW
Poetry Object, 2018
NBCS is a vibrant, independent, co-educational school in Terrey Hills (Sydney), offering a dynamic, student-centred education from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our approach is a dual focus on learning and opportunity. We have been very intentional in fostering a culture of self-directed, student-led learning – growing students to be high-capacity leaders and creative thinkers. Strong, positive relationships are the cornerstone to learning at NBCS, with authentic community and true collaboration being the foundation on which learning is built.
In a special workshop series at the Art Gallery of NSW, students immerse themselves in the transparent fabrics and fragrant spices of Ernesto Neto’s visceral installation just like drops in time, nothing, on display in the Spacemakers and Roomshakers exhibition. They then create poetry about Ernesto’s artwork and their own treasured special objects!
Workshops are guided by gallery staff alongside Perth-based innovative poet and performer Scott-Patrick Mitchell. After the workshops, students enter their poems to Red Room Poetry’s free competition, Poetry Object. All submissions are published in Red Room Poetry’s digital library.
Scott-Patrick Mitchell’s poetry has been described by Bold Monkey’s George Anderson ‘as one of the most diverse and original emerging poets working in Western Australia today’ while John Kinsella has described his work as being ‘new ahead of the new’. SPM recently performed his new one man show THE 24 HOUR PERFORMANCE POEM at Crack Theatre Festival while his latest collection – inner pity poems – was released through Department of Poetry in 2016.
He has been featured in two Fremantle Poets books, New Poets (2010) and Performance Poets (2013). He appears in The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry (2014), Contemporary Australian Poetry (2016) and The Fremantle Press Anthology of Contemporary West Australian Poetry (2017). SPM is the Social Media Coordinator for WA Poets INC / Perth Poetry Festival.