The Bogside Artists

Friday March 12 2010


From Protest to Peace: Murals by the Bogside Artists of Northern Ireland will be on display at LC's Daura Gallery March 15-April 18 with an opening reception at 4 p.m. March 16.

Murals have marked territory and served as expressions of cultural and political identity in Northern Ireland for the last century. In 1994, brothers Tom and William Kelly and their friend Kevin Hasson joined to become the Bogside Artists. The artists, who experienced the unfolding of "The Troubles," united to express the struggle for civil rights in their community through public art.

While the group continues the Ulster tradition of using the mural as a vehicle for social commentary, the Bogside Artists stand alone in their efforts to utilize this medium in cross-community workshops involving Protestants and Catholics to advance the peace and reconciliation process in Northern Ireland.

This exhibition of digitally reproduced murals is on loan from the Georgia Southern University Museum and organized in association with the University Honors Program and Center for Irish Studies and the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) at the University of Ulster.

Related events at the Daura Gallery include:

Sunday, March 21, 2 p.m.: "Irish Culture"
Select Sunday talk by Dr. Kate Gray, associate professor of English and assistant director, Westover Honors Program.

Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m.
Showing of the 2002 film, Bloody Sunday (2002), a dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972."R" rated - no one under age 17 admitted.