45 for Valour – Limerick Museum, Limerick City, November 2018
This exhibition marked the centenary of the end of the First World War and was officially opened by Cllr. Daniel Butler, Metropolitan Mayor of the City and County of Limerick on 1st November. In collaboration with the Limerick Museum’s curator Dr. Matthew Potter, this event saw the launch of a new book ‘Limerick’s Military Tradition (1691-1922): A Brief Introduction’ by Dr Matthew Potter, against the backdrop of this seminal work remembering those who fought for our freedom.
A graduate of LSAD, Trish Taylor Thompson’s practice is influenced by the symbolism of botanicals. ’45 for Valour’ honours the forty-five soldiers of Irish descent who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery and heroism during the Great War. Through the motif of the common poppy, this body of work explores the importance of remembering. The forty-five paintings, oil on linen, are a memorial to those who fought for our freedom.
There is a Limerick connection. Although the majority of the forty-five soldiers were awarded their medals posthumously, two of the Victoria Cross recipients were the stretcher bearer Private Michael James O’Rourke from Co. Limerick who died on 6th December 1957 at the age of 69, and Private Henry Edward Kenny of Irish parents died on 6th May 1979 at the age of 90.
’45 for Valour’ will be part of the permanent collection in Limerick’s Military Museum when it opens in 2020.
‘Sakura’ – Quay Arts, Ballina, Co. Tipperary, November 2015
Sakura, meaning cherry blossom, was the inspiration behind this exhibition that explores the Japanese tradition of Hanami, the annual celebration of the cherry blossom festival that honours the temporal beauty of nature.