to bring the murals to a wider audience beyond the borders of Northern Ireland for reflection and conversation.
to raise increased awareness of the challenges experienced by people living in 'post-conflict' societies.
to provide a safe space for cross-community conversations around issues such as dealing with the past, radicalisation, truth and reconciliation, peacebuiling and healing.
The exhibition is of interest to the general public but also to schools, university departments, institutes or groups dedicated to peace and reconciliation and many more. More than a mere illustrated history lesson, the exhibition’s combination of the powerful images of the murals in conjunction with the photographs helps to create an overall immersive experience that leaves many viewers touched and moved.
The exhibition includes three looped videos with interviews with the artists as well as other people commenting on the murals and the Troubles. Providing valuable background information and an evocative soundtrack they form an integral part of the exhibition.
The Bogside Artists Tom Kelly and Kevin Hasson are available for talks about the murals they created and about their experiences of living in the Bogside during the Troubles. Most exhibitions involve a symposium or panel discussion stimulated by the issues raised on the murals.
Twelve mural stations
The core exhibition consists of photographs printed on PVC banners mounted on six freestanding tubular frames.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to walk through the twelve stations following the story of the Troubles from the civil rights marches in 1968 to the peace agreement in 1998. Each station shows a large high-resolution digital photograph of one of the twelve murals juxtaposed with photographs of the mural in their street context, black and white historic photographs of the Troubles relating to the depicted event, and a text banner with background information.
The majority of the historic photographs are taken by local residents capturing the day-to-day lives of ordinary citizens. This distinguishes them from the standard images in the British media which focus almost exclusively on the dramatic riots and violence thereby justifying British intervention in what was portrayed as a primitive local conflict rooted in tribal religious differences.
The initial production costs for the exhibition were raised by a Crowdfunding campaign in 2015. The first exhibition, in August 2015, was funded by Greenbelt Festival. The exhibitions in Coventry and Norwich were funded by Seedbed Trust and the exhibition at Left Bank Leeds by Seedbed Trust and Together for Peace. The Curator and the Bogside Artists are deeply greatful to our funders for their support.
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