Due to popular demand Sam Winston's unique participatory immersive installation Darkness Visible at Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library has been extended to Sunday 25 March 2018.

Plus acclaimed artist Sam will present, with his artistic collaborators, a one off live-performance event of the creative richness that is darkness at the Whitechapel Gallery on Thursday 11 January 2018.

Sam’s new Dark Room on Level 5 of the National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall is completely covered in text, writings and drawings by SAM during his revelatory week alone in complete darkness – with soundscape by poets Kayo Chingonyi, Emily Berry and George Szirtes whose new poems, on what they could not see, were also created out of complete darkness residencies. The public are invited into the dark to experience the creative impact of darkness – FREE

Timed tickets must be booked in advance, as the Dark Room only accommodates 5 guests for each session throughout the day!

Watch the Darkness Visible trailer here.

Sam’s latest project develops even further in the New Year, with a 90 minute one off live-performance event at Whitechapel Gallery on Thursday 11 January 2018. Developed with BAFTA award winning filmmaker Anna Price, expect an immersive cinematic collage of the arts — exploring darkness, perception and poetic narrative. The event features Sam's insights in collaboration with musician Jamie Perera, photographer Andy Sewell and spoken word with live performances by poets Kayo Chingonyi, Emily Berry and George Szirtes. The evening also includes periods of complete darkness and silence — offering the audience reflection and interpretation on the potent but frequently overlooked world beyond vision. Only 100 tickets available on sale now!

Darkness Visible, both at Southbank Centre and the one off event at Whitechapel Gallery invites the audience to engage with what happens beyond the visible — and to place the darkness at the centre of your perception…

Dates: runs until Sunday 25 March 2018

Times: 11am—8pm
Unique participatory installation and Dark Room by artist Sam Winston

Venue: National Poetry Library, Level 5 Blue side
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London, SE1 8XX

Entrance: Free. Tickets for timed hourly sessions every hour on the half hour, starting 11.30am with last slot at 6.30pm throughout the day, must be booked: southbankcentre.co.uk

Sam Winston
Bologna Ragazzi Award, NYT bestseller, Art V&A, Wellcome, MoMA, Tate, Getty Institute. Sam and Oliver Jeffers wrote and illustrated the award winning children’s book A Child Of Books

Emily Berry
Forward Prize, Hawthornden Prize, editor of The Poetry Review

George Sirtzes
Faber Memorial Prize, Man Booker International winner, T. S. Eliot Prize

Kayo Chingonyi Penguin books, ICA poet in residence

Andy Sewell

Anna Price
Film maker / Editor — BAFTA winning Life & Death Row, Louis Theroux, Storyville, BBC, Channel 4

Jamie Perera
musician / sound design (Serpentine Gallery, BBC, Greenpeace, Amnesty)

For further information, experiencing the Dark Room + interviews
please contact: Deborah Goodman at DGPR

+44 (0)20 8959 9980

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