Who we are

Workers of Art reawakens a sense of wonder and encourages people to be curious. We are an arts organisation that works through poetry and storytelling, inviting people to see the world from a different perspective and to take time to pause. Our work is unexpected, intimate and connects strongly with the outdoors, engaging the widest possible audience.

  • “Workers of Art are down to earth with their spirits in the sky."
    Lemn Sissay
  • “Thank you for inviting us into your dream – a world of poetry, stories and magical moments that will stay with us forever”
  • “A high quality event that was wonderfully quirky, fun and truly accessible”
  • “Congratulations on a bold and brilliantly organized festival... A summertime delight in Canterbury”

Wise Words Festival

Wise Words is a festival that reawakens wonder and encourages curiosity. It offers unexpected, intimate and intriguing encounters with poetry and storytelling that invite people to see the world from a different perspective and to …

Journal Writing | With John Siddique

Writing in a journal each morning can have a profoundly positive effect on our personal and creative growth as well as our emotional wellbeing.

Recently Canterbury Poet Laureate John Siddique invited people of …

Word Out

A group of young poets (14-26 years old) who are supported by and support Wise Words in their ambition to develop the talent of emerging poets and grow a love of poetry within as many …

Gulb Slam

GulbSlam takes place monthly at the Gulbenkian, Canterbury.  Featuring some of the UK’s top performance poets and a host of local talent, the Gulb Slam always provides a fun packed night out.

What is the GulbSlam?

Our GulbSlam is competitive …

Wise Words for Wellbeing

Weekly poetry workshops during which participants read, discuss and write poems and stories that can help on life’s journey. No experience is needed and you can participate as much or as little as you wish. Service …

Spoke ‘n’ Word | 2013-2014

Spoke’n’Word was an innovative, pedal-powered participation and performance project that nurtured and celebrated the talent and diversity of young people across Kent and Medway. 

Young people in schools, youth settings and from open call …

Prosper | 2012 – 2014

In the midst of the changes and challenges of the current time, we invited artists & arts organisations to come together with people and organisations in the public, private, community and voluntary sectors to investigate …

Poetry Isle | 2012

Poet Lemn Sissay worked with three communities within Thanet – Minster, St Nicholas at Wade and Margate. From the communities he gathered thoughts, feelings and memories about the places they live – these then inspired …

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Poetry in shop windows

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on December 21st, 2015 0 Comments

For the first time this year, Canterbury Connected launched a competition to celebrate the tremendous creativity and hard work that goes into designing shop windows at Christmas. To support this project Canterbury Connected’s ongoing support of Wise Words, …

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