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
The People's Gallery of street murals depicting three decades of the conflict is the ONLY AUTHENTIC ART EXPRESSION of the long struggle for Catholic civil rights in existence, right here in Derry where it all began. They are universally acclaimed as important works of art. They are not propaganda.
They are AUTHENTIC EXPRESSIONS OF OUR HISTORY IN ART FORM.
They have survived because of the will of the people, the real people of the Bogside. The photo right depicts a momentous occasion, the unveiling of our mural for Tibet
by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Maribor, Slovenia, European Capital of Culture 2013. A big honour for us and the city.
We painted a mural for the Smithsonian Festival in Washington you can find out about HERE
More important than any of them perhaps is the mural we painted in Austria, the birthplace of modern Nazism. You can find out about it HERE
The narrative they depict - and the manner in which it is depicted - are UNIQUE.
We, The Bogside Artists, (Northern Ireland's best kept secret), and there are only three of us do note, painted these murals for YOU, not for your guide. This unique gallery of murals along one street was envisioned and created by us three, Tom Kelly, William Kelly and Kevin Hasson known universally as The Bogside Artists.
The People's Gallery of murals is the MAIN ATTRACTION in the Bogside as statistics freely available from INCORE (Magee University College) make abundantly clear as does the four-page write-up to be found in The Lonely Planet's Guide to Ireland and other foreign travel guides. You will not find us in the local tourist bumph.
Many thousands of people come to Derry each year to hear the history of the 'troubles' and to see these murals we created in the Bogside and which we have called THE PEOPLE'S GALLERY..
The murals are not hard to find and are but a two minute walk away from the city centre. Our studio/gallery is right next to the Guildhall Square. We have a permanent exhibition on view there, admission free.
Below is a photo of the official recognition of our work by the Senate of the Boston State House.
The Bogside Artists are preventing nobody from photographing or seeing their work. We deplore anybody who prevents you however they choose to do so or whatever the excuse.
The murals have made their own way in the world. That's because TRUTH needs help from nobody.
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.
The People's Gallery of Murals is an irreplaceable art site of global, cultural significance.
To maintain the murals and our gallery we are driven to conduct tours of our work in the Bogside. Who better to tour the murals with... than one of The Bogside Artists who painted them, Tom, Will or Kevin? They will be happy to guide you around all twelve murals of The People's Gallery of murals and bring you back to our studio, if you so wish. You can BOOK YOUR TOUR from this site.
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We are presently seeking donations to help us with a UK travelling exhibition of our work scheduled for August 2015 beginning in London. Your help would be most appreciated. You can find out more about it HERE.
site is of special interest to students of fine art, public art and
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interested in Irish affairs in general or the work of The Bogside
Artists in particular.
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