A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917)
5 July - November 2017
A contemporary visual arts exhibition exploring the life and work of poet Francis Ledwidge hosted at the Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington.
A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917) featured work by six contemporary visual artists presented in response to the Meath poet in the centenary year of his death.
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 the events of the Easter Rising. He died on 31st July 1917 during the third battle of Ypres in Belgium.
The exhibition, curated by Sabina Mac Mahon and Declan Sheehan, featured a mix of paintings, photography and sculpture from artists Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Malley and Sasha Sykes.
The exhibition, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund, aimed to re-introduce Ledwidge, his life story and poetry to the public by exploring the conjoined themes of love and loss that were central to his work.
The exhibition also included a Creative Centenaries interactive zone with animations, graphic novels, an interactive exhibition and multi-screen projection of archive footage.