"Meditations in Time of Civil War" is the 2021 annual invited artists exhibition of small works curated by Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. 125 invited artists are taking part this year, all of whom have created a new painting inspired by, or drawing upon this major poem by W.B Yeats.
This series of exhibitions began in 2015 as part of Yeats 2015, a national and international celebration of the 150th anniversary of the poets birth. Each year since then, against the backdrop of Ireland's Decade of Commemoration, Hamilton Gallery has invited artists from all over Ireland to contribute a small work, using one of Yeats' significant poems as the thematic backdrop, seeking to contrast and look anew on the themes and ideals raised in those poems 100 years ago with contemporary society. For more information please have a look at their website here.
In her introduction to this exhibition Susan O'Keeffe, Director, Yeats Society Sligo, who pioneered Yeats 2015 and Yeats Day outlines how, 'each work draws out and distills something precious; a fragment, a flash of colour, a new longing, a silence or a vague memory. And together, their collective work is a gift to us the viewers, of new ways of seeking old truths, a new set of marks; hieroglyphs from this age, bearing witness to the marks that went before, all integral to the story of our being.'
This exhibition takes place in association with Yeats Day and Tread Softly Festivals.
I am very happy to have this piece included, title "Emptying out the old house". Full details are available here.