In October, we see a welcome return for Rick Sanders’ PoArtry. PoArtry is an annual collaborative project pairing artists and poets to respond to each other’s work. However, this year Rick is mixing it up a bit. He has invited 22 artists to respond to a single soundscape, which was created earlier this year by the sound artist Bill Laybourne in response to a series of messages on the theme of hope left on Rick’s answer machine. The exhibition of work will mix a variety of media with the soundscape, bringing together the artists interpretation of hope. Rick wanted the legacy of Hope Central to continue to drive a dialogue around hope and he sees it as a logical fit to the ethos of PoArtry. He believes that in asking the group of artists to respond to the same soundscape, there will be an additional creative layer to add to the voices of the people who left their individual messages of hope.