(Note: Starter funds from organiser Cahal Dallat's "Land of Heart's Desire" Yeats/Bedford-Park literary walks are included in the donations total shown, above, right). A £5,000 Embassy of Ireland/Ambasáid na hÉireann grant and £1,400 of website development work donated by Lab 99 Design aren't included in that figure. So to reach our estimated target of £120,000 we need to see the donations total on the right reach £113,600. Future grants/donations not received through "Wonderful" giving option, will be added to this note.)
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' mentioned in his much-loved poem, 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree', an urban/London experience familiar to many Irish people, including writers such as Sheridan, Goldsmith, Moore, Shaw, & Wilde, & an experience crucial to the shaping both of Yeats’s (& Ireland’s) identity, & of English literature.
For most of those London years, Yeats lived, with his painter father & artistic siblings, in Bedford Park, the first-ever garden-suburb, whose diverse artists’-colony residents, fostered the young poet’s genius.
Help the Artwork Project commission & install a major contemporary sculpture (the first dedicated to Yeats in Britain!) to be located at the heart of Bedford Park —
The artwork will be accompanied by information panels on Yeats's Bedford Park life, linked to permanently maintained educational website pages, with background on the poet and the talented Yeats family, on Bedford Park itself as a social experiment and architectural gem, on the Arts & Crafts movement, and on the area’s many progressive interests & fascinating residents including poets, painters, playwrights, publishers, philosophers, folklorists, set-designers, actors, and anarchists!
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