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Vince Laws is a poet, artist, performer, campaigner. He writes poetry, performs poetry and makes visual poetry, paintings, collage, posters, film, installations and recordings: “As an artist, I define what art is. As a poet, I define what a poem is. If my art can be anything from a painting to a concept, so can my poetry. I am a poem.”

Work for the Facing Hard Times exhibition

5 October 2011


A poem written using cuts of meat, sausages, burgers and bacon reads: Eat the Poor

I’ve just had two works selected for the Facing Hard Times exhibition, which launches in Kings Lynn on Saturday 1st October, 2-7pm. (I hope to be there from 2-5pm!) EAT THE POOR is a limited edition A1 print, the visualization of a set of 7 EAT THE POOR recipes I composed earlier in the year. I had fun making the text while keeping one eye on the dogs! The other piece accepted, HOPE LESS, is a one off response to the recent riots. The Out-of-the-Box independent curators have selected work...

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Vince sits for Tanya Raabe at Tate Modern

1 October 2011


photo of poet Vince Laws standing in front of an easel with a sketch by tanya raabe

I’ve just sat for a portrait by Tanya Raabe. I'm not going to lie, I had a blast. There I stood, an HIV+ depressed queer performing poetry in the Tate - how did that happen? I want to do it again! It was a pleasure to sit for Tanya, she made it very easy, we just chatted away about life, art, disability - then threw the doors open to the public. Friends came and stayed. Strangers - hesitant at first - joined us, and took up the challenge of drawing a portrait too. I love Tanya's work, her...

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