Welcome to.... THE PEOPLE'S GALLERY MURALS TOUR
This unique MURALS TOUR is the only tour available that deals entirely with all of the famous murals of the Bogside, Derry, Northern Ireland, known as ...
The People's Gallery
The Bogside Artists' tour was the very first tour of the Bogside murals to take place in Free Derry. The political images they painted are very different from the sectarian murals to be found in Belfast or anywhere else in the North of Ireland. They speak for peace and sanity and are as far removed from gratuitous graffiti as you can get. There have since sprung up many tours in Derry.
What makes this tour so unique is that it is conducted by the three men who actually painted all twelve murals, ...... three men known internationally as The Bogside Artists.
The wall paintings stand like sentinels in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, that saw so much the 'troubles' 1968 - 1998. These icons are among the most photographed, historical artworks in the world. Works that, as world renowned playwright Brian Friel said..."Diego Rivera would be proud of." Here is mural painting at its immediate best, speaking of Irish history, the struggle for democracy, of human tragedy and community pride. They speak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland as nothing else could.
The artists' studio is situated at the gateway to The Bogside where the series of murals begin. Not hard to find! But, once visited, hard to leave.
If it is the artwork you are interested in, how and why the murals came into being, how indeed they were designed and created in the first place, and the histories behind them, then you have found the right tour... as well as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
A TOUR of the famous murals of The People's Gallery costs £10 per person and includes a presentation.
The Presentation which is unique to The Bogside Artists involving rare footage and slides from their own archives costs a modest £5 per person. Admission to gallery and studio is FREE.
You will get to meet and talk with the artists as you walk in their company around the famous wall paintings they spent nearly a decade and a half creating. You will hear what it was like to grow up in the Bogside amidst The Troubles and what inspired these three men to paint their story and that of their community on the gable ends of a single street. You will see rare and unique footage of the artists at work creating their famous murals.
If you wish to get on this tour we would strongly advise you to book directly by contacting the studio or by simply filling in the booking form on this site... or you may find yourself on a different tour entirely... one that may not even include the murals!
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The Bogside Artists Studio
46 William Street, Derry, N.Ireland BT489AD
Telephone: (028) 71 373 842.
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