► Exhibition


‘A Fair Field Full of Folk’ — Medieval and modern poetry collided in a new exhibition at The National Poetry Library.

Photograph by Harpreet Kalsi

Visitors explored the extraordinary 14th century epic poem Piers Plowman through items and artefacts that brought the medieval world to life, alongside a curated display from the National Poetry Library’s collection – from Patience Agbabi to Seamus Heaney – that demonstrated the enduring influence of the medieval mind on poetry.

The centrepiece of the exhibition was a rare, exquisite manuscript of Piers Plowman (SLV.17) dating to c.1400, which was on loan courtesy of Senate House Library, University of London. Alongside this medieval treasure were two new commissions by contemporary artists in response to the poem. Larry Achiampong’s powerful video installation ‘Sunday Best (Reprise)’ evoked the intimacy and intensity of devotional prayer, whilst Nicola Jedrzejczak’s stunning panorama of Langland’s ‘Fair Feeld Ful of Folk’ captured the feel of a bustling medieval landscape through intricate paper sculpture.

A Fair Field Full of Folk


11 May – 9 July 2017

Opening hours
Tuesday—Sunday, 11am—8pm
Closed to the public on Mondays


The National Poetry Library
Royal Festival Hall, Level 5, Blue Side
Southbank Centre
London SE1 8XX

Larry Achiampong

Author portrait by Adrien Thibault

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Larry Achiampong (b. 1984, UK) completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster (2005) and an MA in Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art (2008). He lives and works in London. Larry’s solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity – in particular, dichotomies found within a world dominated by social media and digital frameworks.
Larry has exhibited, performed and presented in the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern; Institute For Creative Arts, Cape Town; Modern Art Oxford; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; The Mistake Room, Los Angeles; and Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago. Recent residencies include Tyneside Cinema; Praksis, Oslo; British Library/Sound & Music; and Wysing Arts Centre. He’s currently artist in residence at Somerset House Studios and a recipient of Artsadmin’s Artist’s Bursary Scheme. He is presenting artwork in the Diaspora Pavillion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Nicola Jedrzejczak
Nicola Jedrzejczak is a Fine Artist based in Ledbury, Herefordshire. She specialises in the practice of book arts. She graduated from Hereford College of Arts in 2015.