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Visual arts company offers the chance to take your poetry public

Mighty Atom is calling on the creativity of the public for its next project, with a prize and a poetry mural of your own up for grabs

The competition mural can be found near the Castle St entrance of Castle Arcade

Visual arts business Mighty Atom has opened a competition called Poetry in the Arcades, which offers a chance to have your poem displayed in one of Cardiff’s fashionable arcades.

The winner will also be given a £250 prize, and will be chosen in Spring 2020 by Cardiffian poet and project collaborator Mab Jones.

The competition is part of a larger project that the company has been commissioned to create, with a series of poetry murals now available to view across Cardiff’s range of arcades.

While the Poetry in the Arcades competition is open to the public, the other murals that are now complete feature poetry from established poets. 

These poetry murals were a feature of the inaugural City of Arcades day, hosted by For Cardiff, that took place on 16 November. 

For Cardiff project manager Emily Cotterill gave a taster of what the murals looked like before she challenged her followers on Twitter to “explore the arcades” to find all six new murals.

With the first six murals live, Mighty Atom has turned its attention to the public competition, and company founder Dan Green has been impressed by the initial response.

“We have had five or six entries already,” Dan said, “and the quality of the poems has been really good!”

This mural in Duke St Arcade spells out a hidden message

As Mighty Atom’s prior projects have used colorful and eye-catching visuals to capture attention, Dan said a project that focuses on wordplay is a new venture for him and his company.

“I wanted to do something a bit different; literature is not quite my field but this type of mural really fits the style of Cardiff’s classical arcades,” he said.

However, like Mighty Atom’s other endeavours, inclusivity remains key.

“This project is about working with professionals in the creative industry, but also involving and engaging with the public too.”

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