The famous murals of
The Bogside Artists of Derry, Northern
Tom Kelly, his brother William, and Kevin Hasson
three men who created and painted all of the twelve
murals of ... the internationally acclaimed
"Our artwork represents the Bogside, its history, its spirit and its people; and many thousands of people come to Derry each year to hear the history of the 'troubles' and to see the celebrated street of murals we created in the Bogside and which we have called The People's Gallery. Painted from photographic material these are the most authentic renditions possible of the events depicted and acclaimed by many critics and writers as "art of the highest order".
The murals of The People's Gallery stretch in a line the entire length of Rossville Street in the Bogside area of Derry that experienced the worst of the troubles throughout the long conflict. This unique gallery of murals was envisioned and created by us three, Tom Kelly, William Kelly and Kevin Hasson known world wide as The Bogside Artists. As our spokesman Tom explains; " wounds must be cleaned out and examined before they will heal. It is the unexamined wound that festers and finally poisons. Our work shows the wounds." (words from Bishop Desmond Tutu)
This determination to tell our own story is what drives "The Bogside Artists", the name registered to us and by which we are now known from Boston to Shenzhen. Many tourists are literally kept away from the murals or marched right past them by unscrupulous tour operators following the consensus political agenda set out for them by their paymasters to stifle the artwork and reduce the gallery as much as possible to a sideshow when it, in fact, is and always has been, the MAIN ATTRACTION as statistics freely available from INCORE (Magee College) make abundantly clear as does the four-page write-up to be found in The Lonely Planet's Guide to Ireland.
Our murals bear living witness to a prolonged period of social conflict that will be remembered always. Our work rightly is legally copyrighted to us and not to any political party, a salient fact that is rarely mentioned by anyone... except us.
The People's Gallery is an irreplaceable and unique art site of acknowledged cultural and historical importance. The murals are beacons of truth painted by us who lived through the events we depicted; beacons of truth that are increasingly important to a world sliding irretrievably into the grip of power-elites who live in, through, for, and by, greed-driven SECRECY disguised as 'privacy'.
THE TURNER PRIZE AND DERRY
Above is a link to a recent press release in which you can read our views on the Turner Prize that was hosted in Derry as a perk for the City of Culture gig from which The People's Gallery was excluded. Whose idea was it? How? Why? To what purpose? These are the sort of questions you never get answers to; and if you dig into them too much you are likely to get banned from the City Council... as we were. 'Democracy' how are you?
Most of the tourists who flock to Derry year after year come to view The People's Gallery. The murals depict OUR story, and in their universal reach, YOUR story, wherever you live and whatever political regime you may live under. Let us cherish and protect The People's Gallery for the world."
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