I would’ve thought that Yeats Day was just a very special day up in Sligo but no, it’s actually over two and a half weeks long! This extravaganza of poetry, drama, lectures, exhibitions, music (and cake) is a celebration of one of Ireland’s great poets and they tell me that it’s a chance to celebrate and promote creativity in Ireland and to reconsider the role of culture, community and the arts in the contemporary world. (more about that on the Yeats2016 website here )
Hmm – hasn’t the new government just downgraded the department of Arts again. And 80% of visual artists in Ireland still living below the poverty threshold, most of them depending on the support of family members to survive. Maybe this year, as we commemorate those who died in the Easter Rising – ‘the poet’s rising’, as someone called it – maybe it’s time alright, to think about what value we put on the arts and on the artists. Would you say that perhaps we’re taken for granted in some quarters?
But anyway, if you’re reading this, I know you’re not one of those people 🙂 and I just meant to tell you about this one exhibition up in Sligo. It’s entitled: “A terrible beauty is born” and it opens tonight, Thursday 2nd of June in the Hamilton Gallery on Castle Street. It features the work of over 70 of Ireland’s contemporary visual artists, responding to the Yeats’ poem – “Easter 1916”. That’s my painting from the show, up above. The exhibition continues until the 27th of August.
And, you might have noticed that I don’t often refer to articles in the Irish Independent newspaper in this blog – but here’s a link to one below, an article by Kirsty Blake Knox that ‘tells it like it is’ …
As usual your comments are always welcome.