The Stokers Halt

Shovelling coal in the glow of a fire. Street art by Verz (Fb) on the Holland Drive side of The Stokers Halt in east Belfast.
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2 thoughts on “The Stokers Halt

  1. Anonymous 2017-06-27 / 9:57 am

    Can you please remove the ‘loyalist’ tag as it is most certainly not a loyalist mural. Thankyou

  2. Extramural Activity 2017-06-28 / 8:07 am

    Thanks for the comment.

    The short response is that the ‘loyalist’ and ‘republican’ tags are for the dominant community in the area and not for the mural. (See the Glossary.)

    So, the (non-political) street art and graffiti/writing and the “historical” and “cultural” pieces (which some think are non-political) and the “community” pieces, all get tagged with their area.

    But we have changed the categories to ‘PUL’ and ‘CNR’ in case that helps. When you say “it is most certainly not a loyalist mural” you probably mean that it is not a paramilitary mural. Perhaps ‘PUL’ is better because broader.

    The longer story … either leaving street art without an area/community or trying to differentiate it from non-street art would require having a firm (enough) distinction between street art and non-street art.

    When the blog started we used ‘political’, ‘historical’, ‘cultural’, etc., but quickly found the distinctions untenable.

    Perhaps some distinction which separates out street art might be possible. But even this is difficult.

    Take the case of the stoker: the bar’s name and the image are “a nod to Belfast’s industrial past” (http://www.pubandbar.com/news/2017-02-20-the-perks-of-being-approachable) and that industrial past has certain political connotations for some ….

    So, while on the one hand it’s in a middle-class area, with no political murals around until Orangefield, and is on the walls of a commercial venture, on the other hand, its area and its theme are PUL.

    This (political infects everything) is very frustrating to anyone who is trying to use art to get away from thinking in terms of sects …

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