Mick O’ Dea

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Songs of Peace: Francis Ledwidge

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

25/01 – 13/05Opening night: Thursday 25 January, from 6.30 to 8pm

Mick O’Dea will show work alongside Sven Anderson, Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Niamh O’Malley, Sasha Sykes

The Irish poet, naturalist, activist, nationalist and soldier, Francis Ledwidge, died in Ypres in 1917 shortly before his thirtieth birthday. A century later, curator Sabina MacMahon has selected work by seven visual artists in response to the life and work of Ireland’s soldier poet. Ledwidge’s final volume of poems ‘Songs of Peace’ illustrates his poignant longing for the countryside of his home county of Meath. This intimate connection with landscape together with the conjoined themes of love and loss are explored in different ways by each artist presented in the show – an ode to the contemporary relevance of the poet’s oeuvre.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Solstice Arts Centre, Co Meath.

The curator Sabina MacMahon will give a guided visit of the exhibition at 6pm on the opening night (reservation recommended).

Further information available here.