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Dromahair artists feature in exhibition celebrating Sligo's connection to Yeats family

'An Irish Airman Forsees His Death'

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Dromahair artists to feature in exhibition celebrating Sligo's connection to Yeats family

Dromahair based artist Daniel Chester is among those whose work will be on display at the Hamilton Gallery celebrating Sligo's connection to the Yeats family.

Award-winning goldsmith and gallery owner Martina Hamilton has announced details of two events to celebrate Sligo’s connection to the Yeats family.

To mark Yeats Day on Wednesday, June 13, Hamilton Gallery will open its annual Invited Artists Exhibition, which will run until November. The exhibition will be opened by Professor Seán Golden and will feature work by two Dromahair based artists Daniel Chester and Cormac O'Leary.

Sligo’s fourth annual Meet the Designer event, hosted by Eddie Shanahan follows on Friday, 15 June at The Factory Performance Space as part of the Lily Lolly Craft Festival.

Hamilton Gallery’s Invited Artists Exhibition will feature 100 works of art, by visual artists from around Ireland, created in direct response to WB Yeats’ poem, 'An Irish Airman Forsees His Death'.

Martina first launched the Invited Artists Exhibition during the Yeats150 celebrations in 2015 as a way to engage with visual artists throughout Ireland.

Each exhibition has been themed around a reinterpretation or reimagination by visual artists of progressive and radical social themes voiced in the works of WB Yeats, and the levels to which these ideas are extant in contemporary Irish society.

This year’s theme marks the centenary of the end of World War I and the chosen WB Yeats poem addresses the dichotomy that existed and still exists in Irish culture around the Irish response to The Great War 1914 -1918.

The artworks are identical in size, measuring 20cm X 20cm, and are created from a range of different materials including oil, charcoal, acrylic, water colour, pastels and mixed media.

Among the artists participating in this year’s exhibition are: Daniel Chester, Nick Miller, Michael Wann, Heidi Wickham, Cléa van der Grijn, Emma Stroude, Cormac O’Leary, Bettina Seitz, Jonathan Cassidy, Sean Larkin, Barbara Monks and Alison Pilkington.

Professor Seán Golden will officially open the exhibition to the public on Yeats Day, Wednesday, June 13 at 6pm, and an opening reception will follow with music by concert and Celtic harpist, Ramona Sakalauskaite.

An Irish Airman Forsees His Death by Invited Artists will run at the Hamilton Gallery until Saturday, November 24.

On Friday, June 15 the popular annual Meet the Designer Event takes place in the Factory Performance Space in Sligo.

Eddie Shanahan, Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, will interview leading designers about their design and craft processes and inspirations.

The designers at this year’s event are: Tish Carroll, Mother Says Design; John O’Riain, O’Riain Pottery; Liz Christy, textile designer; Bláithín Ennis, jewellery designer; and New-York based dress designer Ann Hamilton.

The evening will begin with the opening of Embroidered Cloths, an exhibition by dress designer, Ann Hamilton. Rhoda MacManus will open the exhibition at 5.30pm before the conversation with the designers kicks off in the theatre space at 6pm.

Martina Hamilton said, "We are delighted to be hosting these two significant annual cultural events in celebration of the wonderful work and influence of the Yeats Family on Irish art and culture. We are thrilled with the response to our Invited Artists Exhibition and it is always a joy to see so many artists submit such wonderful interpretations of the selected WB Yeats poem. We are honoured to showcase their work here in the Hamilton Gallery and we are looking forward to hearing about our designers’ creative practices at our popular Meet the Designer Event."

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