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 totals (above right) don't include following contributions:

  • £ 5,000 grant from 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 grant commitment from an arts foundation

That's £48,025 so far: to reach £120,000, the donations total (above, including GiftAid) need to reach £70,175


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' 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 —

  • Honouring poetry, & Yeats’s poetry in particular
  • Celebrating a local who became a major international literary figure
  • Marking Bedford Park’s unique historical role as a progressive, artistic community
  • Enhancing local environment & Promoting contemporary art
  • Providing a London place-of-literary-pilgrimage for visitors (poets, academics, Yeatsians & anyone who loves of art & culture) from Britain, Ireland, the US, & around the world
  • Recalling the mutually-valuable London-Ireland cultural exchange exemplified by Yeats’s life
  • Recognising the capital’s history as a hub for migrants who enrich its culture & who benefit from its resources/connections/networks to give something back to their home place
  • Highlighting Bedford Park’s fostering role in Yeats’s own development, & in the Irish cultural revival, with implications for Irish independence & the shape of 20th-century world politics
  • Acknowledging the importance of the built environment in fostering creativity & community

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!

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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