WB Yeats Bedford Park Project

Registered Charity Number 1172224

Total raised
£1674.11 + £87.50 Gift Aid = £1761.61
+ £0.00 Gift Aid
+ £87.50 Gift Aid

About WB Yeats Bedford Park Project

NB: Donations total (above) doesn't include following contributions:

  • £ 5,000 Embassy of Ireland/Ambasáid na hÉireann grant
  • £ 1,400 website development work donated by Lab 99 Design
  • £16,625 pledges and support-in-kind from individuals and organisations
  • £25,000 arts foundation grant commitment

That's £48,025 so far: to reach £120,000, the donations total (above, including GiftAid) need to reach £71,975


Why support a WB Yeats Artwork for Bedford Park?

Nobel-Prize-winning poet, WB Yeats, though inspired by Irish legend, landscape & longing, actually spent two-thirds of his young life among the roadways & pavements grey cited in his much-loved poem, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, written here in Bedford Park & reflecting an exile’s urban/London experience crucial to shaping both Yeats’s (& Ireland’s) identity, & English literature.

Yeats spent most of his London family years here in Chiswick, West London, in Bedford Park, the world’s first-ever garden-suburb, whose diverse, Bohemian, artists’-colony residents, fostered the young Irish poet’s unique creative genius.

The only poet writing in English & brought up in England to win the Nobel Prize has, however, no monument in England.

Time to Celebrate Yeats, Bedford Park, poetry, art, genius…

Help the Artwork Project commission & install a major contemporary sculpture here in Bedford Park (the first honouring Yeats in Britain) to —

  • Celebrate poetry, & Yeats’s poetry in particular
  • Honour a local resident who became a major international literary figure
  • Highlight Bedford Park’s role in fostering Yeats’s genius
  • Inspire young people, students & schoolchildren to particpate in poetry, drama & visual arts
  • Encourage the West London community to take pride in the area’s unique cultural & artistic heritage
  • Provide a London place-of-literary-pilgrimage for poets, academics, Yeatsians & anyone who loves art & culture, from Britain, Ireland, the US, & around the world
  • Recall the mutually-valuable London-Ireland cultural exchange exemplified by Yeats’s life & work
  • Acknowledge migrants' – & not just London Irish migrants' – valuable contributions to enriching London’s culture
  • Recognise the capital’s history as a hub for migrants contributing to our shared culture while benefiting from the city’s resources/networks to develop their own ideas & identity
  • Promote contemporary art
  • Enhance the local environment
  • Emphasise the importance of the built environment in nurturing creativity & community, culture & the arts
  • Underline Bedford Park’s historic importance as a progressive, artistic community, the world’s first garden suburb, & a model for holistic housing development worldwide
  • Spotlight the Bedford Park & Turnham Green Terrace ‘Arts Quarter’, as a centre of contemporary creativity including Arts Ed, the new Chiswick PlayhouseChiswick Book Festival & Bedford Park Festival
  • Create a contemporary counterpoint to Hogarth’s (18c) statue at the other end of Turnham Green Terrace
  • Complement Chiswick Timeline’s Turnham Green Terrace artwork & public spaces outlining Chiswick’s history & importance to artists & writers

Close by we’ll have information panels on Yeats’s Bedford Park networks & connections, links to online info on WB & the talented Yeats family (artist father John Butler Yeats, brother Jack B Yeats, a major 20c painter, & sisters Lily & Lolly who founded Ireland’s craft industries), on Bedford Park itself as a social-experiment/architectural-gem, on the Arts&Crafts movement, & on the area’s many fascinating poets, painters, playwrights, publishers, philosophers, folklorists, set-designers, actors, & anarchists!

Project Patrons

  • Rowan Williams (Baron Williams of Oystermouth PC FBA FRSL FLSW)
  • Martin Enright (Hon. Pres., The Yeats Society, Sligo)
  • Fergal Keane (Author & Broadcaster)
  • Marie Heaney (Author)
  • Ciarán Hinds (Actor)
  • Eavan Boland (Poet)

Project Committee

  • Fr. Kevin Morris (Vicar of St. Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park, Trustee & Chair)
  • Polly Devlin OBE (Author, Trustee)
  • Cahal Dallat (Poet & Musician, Trustee & Hon.Sec.)
  • Gerald McGregor (Councillor, Hon.Treas.)
  • Matthew Fay (Academic)
  • Torin Douglas (Former BBC Media Correspondent, Director of Chiswick Book Festival)

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