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A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge

A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge

Level 3 Gallery  |   28th April – 16th June, 2017  |  Tues - Sat 11:00am - 4:00pm

Clare Langan / Sven Anderson / Sasha Sykes / David Farrell / Niamh O’Malley / Patricia Burns (further tba)

Curated by Sabina McMahon

A Name Unmade is a combined exhibition of archival material, as well as new & recent work by contemporary visual artists presented in response to the life and work of Meath poet Francis Ledwidge – naturalist, nationalist and soldier who was killed in action during preparations for the Third Battle of Ypres on 31 July 1917 at the height of the First World War.
 

Frequently referred to as “the poet of the blackbirds”, Ledwidge’s early work, first published when he was just fourteen, was inspired by the countryside of his home county, a subject he returned to with poignant longing in more mature works written after he enlisted in October 1914. While his status has, somewhat unfairly, been reduced to that of “war poet”, the majority of his poems focus on an emotionally intense exploration of the intimate and complex connection he felt to the landscape in which he grew up.
 

Taking as its title a line from Soliloquy, one of Ledwidge’s best-known poems, this exhibition aims to re-introduce Ledwidge, his life-story and his work the wider Irish public by exploring, both in relation to Ledwidge and in a wider sense, the conjoined themes of love and loss of home, friendship, family, romantic love, place, idealism, etc.) that were central to his work.
 

A NAME UNMADE - ASSOCIATED EVENTS

FAIRY WORLD FAMILY WORKSHOPS

Workshops - Sat 6th, 13th & 20th May, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Inspired by the poetry of Ledwidge, children will create their own fairy world using clay, fabric, wire and other drawing materials.

Admission: Free (booking essential → BOOK NOW)

 

THE BIRDS OF LEDWIDGE

The poetry of Francis Ledwidge will form a backdrop to the creation of the common Irish birds in 3D wire and mixed media models. This workshop is firmly rooted in drawing and line and will result in a 3D drawing.

Admission: Free (booking essential → BOOK NOW)‚Äč

Schools groups are invited to participate in a 90-minute workshop on Mondays throughout the exhibition - Please contact Erin Kenny to make a booking on 046 9092307

 

 

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