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The artists with Fr. Edward Daly (1933-2016) and John Hume (1973-2020)

Awards

  • The Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn Fellowship (2014)

  • The Artists of Achievement Award, awarded by the Joseph Beuys and Richard Demarco European Art Foundation Fellowship (2010).

The Bogside Artists with their cousin Pa

Documentaries

  • Bogside Story, Italian feature film by Rocco Forte and Pietro Laino, produced by Megapixel. Distributor Lulifilm. Premiered in Rome and Florence (2018) 

  • Open Air Stories, by Robin Jensen and Eileen Kennedy, Boston College, Boston (2014)

  • Free Derry, Press TV (2012)

  • The Last Mural, by Cyril Kelly, for RTE Television (2007)

  • What You See is What You Get, BBC Documentary (2004)

One of the last photos with William (left), taken August 2016
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Tom working on the Bernadette Devlin mural

Talks and Exhibitions

‘From Protest to Peace: Murals by The Bogside Artists of Northern Ireland' (USA travelling exhibition) 

  • Milwaukee Irish Festival (2018)

  • St. Bonaventure University, USA (2012)

  • Yager Museum of Art and Culture at Hartwick College, USA (2008)

  • American Conference for Irish Studies (2008) Davenport and Savannah, USA (2008)

  • Georgia Southern University Museum, USA (2008)

  • University of California, Berkeley, USA (2005)

  • The Kunstmuseum, Frankfurt (2003)

Other Locations:

  • The Horse Hospital, London (2003)

  • Villanova University Gallery,Philadelphia, USA (2001)

  • The Perth International Fringe Festival, Australia (2000)

  • The Boston State House (1999)

  • Boston College (1998)

  • The University of Sydney and College of Arts (1998)

  • Rockland Community College, NY (1998)

  • The Irish Arts Centre, Manhattan, New York (1998)

Above: Manus Deary (boy at the front) and Tom Kelly (right next to him) standing at the barricades. In May 1972, Manus Deery, 15,  was shot in the head by a soldier from an observation post on the city's walls. He was mistakenly seen as a threat. Kevin's cousin Annette, 14, was killed by a British soldier, on her way back from school. She is commemorated on one of the murals.   

The Bogside Artists in their studio: (from left) Kevin Hasson, William Kelly and Tom Kelly
This photo features Bogside artist Tom Kelly (second from the front)

Until the passing of William in January 2017, the Bogside Artists comprised three muralists: William Kelly, his brother Tom Kelly and their friend Kevin Hasson. All three were born and raised in the Bogside and experienced the Troubles first hand. Each of them lost family and friends, some of whom are depicted on the murals.

THE BOGSIDE ARTISTS

Kevin and William painting 'The Runner'

While each of the artists hold different political and religious views, they were united in the belief that, as William put it, ‘art is a means to objectify the past so that its unconscious hold is unravelled.’ This makes their work both commemorative and curative.

William Kelly painting 'Civil Rights' mural

William working on the Civil Rights mural 

William Kelly (1948-2017) studied art in Belfast Art College in 1970 and went on to take an honours degree in painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1977. He has had many one-man shows throughout Ireland. He wrote many articles on art and social history related to the Troubles. He lived for many years in Australia interspersed with periods working on the murals in the Bogside.

 

Tom Kelly painting a different mural project

Tom Kelly (b. 1959) has a longstanding track record of cross-community work in the Bogside. In the 1980’s he organised art workshops for local youth at Derry’s Orchard Gallery. He leads a small independent house church, Wellspring, that draws on early Celtic sources of Christianity, including St. Columba, the founder of the Iona Community.

Kevin Hasson painting 'John Hume' mural

Kevin Hasson working on John Hume mural

Kevin Hasson (b. 1958) has painted many murals in Northern Ireland and abroad, including Europe – he lived in Frankfurt for many years – and the United States. His experiences as a young member of The International Voluntary Service in Calcutta, India awakened him to the ubiquity and political and economic roots of social injustice.