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“This is the animal that doesn’t exist.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Ignite your senses with poetic performances that reimagine The lady and the unicorn tapestries.

These rare medieval tapestries have long inspired writers, from George Sand to Rainer Maria Rilke. Poetic Threads continues this literary tradition with three newly commissioned poetic responses from celebrated performers Mirrah, Candy Royalle and Scott Wings.

In this intimate encounter with the artworks, peer through the poetic lens of medieval myth, magic and mystery of The lady and the unicorn. Mirrah, Candy and Scott invite you into the woven world of the tapestries—the first time they have been interpreted through the voices of Australian poets.

With exclusive access to The lady and the unicorn tapestries, performances take place inside the exhibition to a limited audience before public hours. 

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Friday 4 May 2018, 9.00am - 10.00am
Saturday 5 May 2018, 9.00am - 10.00am
Sunday 6 May 2018, 9.00am - 10.00am


Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery Road, The Domain
Sydney NSW 2000

Book tickets

$65 adult / $55 member/concession



Poetic threads is presented by Red Room Poetry, the Art Gallery of NSW and Sydney Writers’ Festival with support from Atelier, the next generation of benefactors at the Art Gallery of NSW. 

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