YSP and Art Education archives

In the vault of the National Art Education Archives at the Yorkshire Sculpture park

manila loaded shelves

archive boxes gathered like a shoe shop store

many sizes fits all creative hands and feet

Sir Herbert Read on his side is a fallen scaffold bar,

an invitation to pick up a torch of learning

to light the way from cool darkness.

Precise typographies are posters for a lost age,

collections of newsprint lovingly cut

for art educators inquisitive minds

filed, not seen, sorted, treasured,

a thousand lessons piled deep, hidden from a corrosive sun

lapping through glass onto ordered shelves and reading glasses.

threads of order, lines of creative practice. Traces of learning lost.

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‘our limbs

      settle into the crumbling sand.

There will be our impress here

until the flowing tide

erases

all designs the fretful day leaves here.’

 

(From Mutations of the Phoenix, Collected poetry – Herbert Read)

 

 

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