Poems out front

A regular series of poems presented on the outside of our building

Malaika Kegode’s Gallery Piece is the latest poem that we’re thrilled to host on the face of our building. A gentle celebration of change and growth, this new work – written especially for Arnolfini! – reflects the organisation’s evolution as we enter our new phase in Autumn 2019.

Visit Arnolfini to see Gallery Piece, facing the Harbour by our main entry – and watch over the coming weeks as more of Malaika’s work pops up through and around our building.

About Malaika:

Malaika Kegode is a poet and performer based in Bristol. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize. She was also included in the 2019 BME Power List, celebrating Bristol’s 100 most influential Black and Minority Ethnic people. Malaika’s work tells of how we can find beauty and hope through the darkness. Her overall themes of family, mental health, addiction and love always have an undercurrent of optimism and strength.

Previous Poems Out Front:

– 2018 & early 2019: Salena Godden’s Pessimism is for Lightweights was adapted for Arnolfini as a New Year’s message of hope, to an extraordinary reaction.

– 2018: Kayo Chingonyi’s Some Bright Elegance reflected on the power of memory, movement, and resilience.

– 2017: Edson Burton’s Imagine New Rules offered a philosophy for embracing new ways of living, working, and communing.