8 July to 1 October
A new contemporary visual arts exhibition exploring the life and work of poet Francis Ledwidge has opened at the Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington, in Derry~Londonderry.
A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917) features work by six contemporary visual artists presented in response to the Meath poet in the centenary year of his death. The exhibition, curated by Sabina Mac Mahon and Declan Sheehan, travels to Nerve Visual following its launch at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan earlier this year with work from artists Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Malley and Sasha Sykes.
Famously remembered as Ireland’s soldier poet, Francis Ledwidge was stationed at Ebrington Barracks for a period in 1916 before being posted back to the Western Front in January 1917. During his time in Derry~Londonderry, he wrote some of his most famous poems about he events of the Easter Rising. He died on 31st July 1917 during the third battle of Ypres in Belgium.
The exhibition includes a Creative Centenaries interactive zone with animations, graphic novels, an interactive exhibition and multi-screen projection of archive footage.