A collaborative multi- media art exhibition marking the centenary of the withdrawal of the British Army from Kildare in 1922.
SULT Artist-led Collective and Newbridge Local History Group collaborated to produce a visual response to local stories or an historical, political or social event of the time.
The resulting exhibition titled ‘Life Goes On’ opens on Monday 16th May, exactly one hundred years after the withdrawal of British troops. At 10. 30 a.m. on 16 May 1922, the British Army withdrew their forces simultaneously from the barracks in Naas, Newbridge, Kildare and the Curragh, watched by locals as the constant stream of lorries and troops passed through the Kildare towns on their way to Dublin Port. Almost at the same time, the fledgling Free State Army, marched into the Curragh and Newbridge to take possession from the departing troops; a month later the Irish Civil War began.
The collection of original paintings, fine art prints, sculptures and mixed media installation will be accompanied by an illustrated limited edition book combining artwork and historical background.
Supported by Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations Committee and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-23 Initiative.