Freshly Made For You!

Leo Boyd (web | previously) resurrected his ‘PSNI ice-cream wagon’ for Culture Night/Hit The North, along with Laura “Lamb” Nelson (profile), and added a trio of winged police land-rovers like wooden ducks ascending along a living-room wallpaper and vintage ice-cream advertising. The piece drew the response shown in the second image, but this was apparently too direct a comment and was quickly painted out.
Both artists are currently members of Vault Artists (webFb | ig) (formerly Belfast Bankers).
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I Am Not Resilient

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The Lower Shankill (Hopewell) estate has been re-imaged (again). The history of re-imaging in the lower Shankill is told by the new piece at Boundary Way: the wall first sported a mural critiquing Sinn Féin’s role in the peace process (see this 2004 image) before being replaced around 2007 by a mural celebrating Andrew Jackson’s Ulster-Scots heritage (see M03819). The new work sends a mixed message: the word “resilient” is in large letters and is the title of the piece, but the quote reads “Stop calling me “resilient”. Because every time you say “Oh, they’re resilient,” that means you can do something else to me. I am not resilient.” The quote would seem to be by Tracie Washington (not: Tracie Jackson) of the Louisiana Justice Institute. The left-hand side wall, which read “UDA Est. 1971” was painted over. For a description of the launch, see this Housing Executive report. Five printed pieces (four of them new this year) have replaced various murals in the area.
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text: X03074 X03075 The title of this artwork reflects a slogan used internationally, where social and political change has been paramount. It is understood that such change emerges only through true and thorough consultation with the community and that is the wish of residents of the Lower Shankill – to affect social change and move forward through collaboration with decision makers and government, at every level. Artist Lesley Cherry worked with members of the Lower Shankill Community Association who felt that this slogan best described how they are feeling as a community in relation to social change, redevelopment, education, housing and employment. They also felt that this slogan, best described their struggle in attaining what is best for their community, at present and also, how it can shape their future. This artwork was funded by the Housing Executive, working in partnership with the Lower Shankill Community Association. The artwork replaces a mural of Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States of America, whose family originated from Carrickfergus and a mural commenting on the Northern Irish Peace Process. effect

Lessons In Revolt

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The Socialist Party flyer above on Royal Avenue urges Belfast residents to pay attention to the on-going protests against water charges in the Republic as a way of learning how to resist any cuts implemented by Stormont. Yesterday marked one in a shifting series of deadlines for registration for the water scheme and rallies were held in various southern cities (Independent). Water charges have been ruled out in the North until at least 2015 (Tele).
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text: X02397 joe higgins td anti-water activist jackie pollock unite the union patrick mulholland nipsa president personal capacity holiday inn ormeau avenue thurs 27 nov public meeting

French Fancies

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SWANK Street Theatre characters Madame Fondant and Mademoiselle Patti Cerie, who graced Festival Of Fools 2014 in May, have been immortalized in a paste-up in Garfield Street (below) and Kent Street (bottom).
Here is video of two other SWANK characters, usherettes Pearl & Deanie.
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/88667321]
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UDU-WDA-UDA-UFF

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The gable wall at the end of Columbia Street (on Ohio Street) has been rebuilt and the old WDA/Duke Elliott mural has been replaced. Above is the right side of the piece, which describes the transition from the Woodvale Defence Association to the Ulster Defence Association to the Ulster Freedom Fighters, and grounds all three in the Ulster Defence union of 1893.

In the second image, below, Ewart’s mill, on the Ardoyne side of the Crumlin Rd, can be seen in the background. From the WP page on the Crumlin Rd … “The mill was built for William Ewart, a cotton trader and politician who switched his interests to the production of linen, which at the time became the leading industry in the city. During the Second World War the mill was converted from the production of linen to the manufacture of munitions.” There is a statue diagonally across the street (at the corner of Cambrai and Crumlin Roads) of a millworker.

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text: X01258 X01260 Quis separabit. This mural is dedicated to the offices and members of the WDA who gave their lives and their freedom in defence of this area. Established in 1969 in response to indiscriminate sectarian attacks by republican murder gangs, the WDA has a proud history of defending the surrounding area. With the dedication and determination the members and officers of the WDA served their community in the face of unprovoked, unwarranted and cold-blooded attacks.
In 1971 in order to combat an increasingly aggressive republican movement, the WDA amalgamated with a number of other defence groups in form the UDA. This ensured a more organised and coherent response to the onslaught faced by the citizens of Northern Ireland.
The UFF was established in 1873 to take the war to republicanism. With tenacity, courage and resilience the members of the UFF distinguished themselves in battle by striking at the very heart of republican movement and ensuring that the attacks faced by their community didn’t go unanswered.
2013: The genesis of these groups can be traced right back to the formation of the UDU in 1893. Formed to resist Home Rule in the late 19th and 20th centuries, the UDU adapted the motto Quis Separabit. this motto was used by ulster defenders throughout the period known as “the troubles”.

Regeneration Plot

The left-most in a series of boards (see the wide shot below) from a regeneration plot (a.k.a. waste ground) on the front of the main Shankill Rd, sponsored by many bodies. For more information, see Daniela Balmaverde’s page on the project.

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text: X00620 X00621 created as part of belfast city council’s 2012 titanic project by shankill area social history group, greater shankill alternatives, impact training and artist daniela balmaverde. this project would not have been possible without the support and participation of the local community. thomas andrews (1873-1912) originally from ardara, comber, at the time of the tragedy Thomas was domiciled in windsor avenue, off the lisburn road belfast. Managing director of harland & wolff.

Ulster Girl

More covenant-related artwork. This panel with its old-style artwork (a reproduction of a postcard from during the Home Rule debate) is next to the much larger composite board to Queen Elizabeth on Crimea Street/Shankill Road (featured previously in For Those About To March). The CAIN database indicates that this same girl and poem are also on Thorndyke St (photo at CAIN).

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text: X00623 ulster to england thou mayest find another daughter with a fairer face than mine with a gayer voice and sweeter and a softer than mine but thou canst not find another that will love thee half so well!

For Those About To March

Detail of a board on the Shankill celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee. Still no firm rules for the main Covenant march this coming Saturday … (BBC | Slugger)

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text: X00619 Belfast, Shankill Road the heart of the empire salutes her majesty on 60 glorious years, dirige deus gressus meos, may god guide my steps, je maintiendrai, to commemorate her majesty the queen’s diamond jubilee, elizabeth r, ERII, 1952 2012

Banquet

Here is a close-up of the first three panels (out of 7.5) of Rita Duffy’s Banquet, (mentioned yesterday as having preceded the 2012 Covenant board in Argyle St.). It was originally produced for International Women’s Day 2011 and was launched on March 11th (Greater Shankill Partnership | Newsletter). There’s an excellent set of pictures, taken by the Shankill Women’s Center, of the boards being erected over a 2002 mural celebrating the Queen’s 50th anniversary, and a video by NVTv.

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A wide shot and a close-up of the info board are below … This is a difficult piece to photograph in its new location (Cupar Way): it is long and there’s a tree on the pavement; it is also highly reflective. Unlike other pieces on Cupar Way, it has largely escaped the plague of locusts that is tourists’ signatures.

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text:  X00646 X00644 X00642 Banquet by rita duffy, this mural is presented by the shankill women’s centre to celebrate the centenary of international women’s day 2011. it was funded by the arts council of northern ireland. the picture is the artist’s response to research carried out by local women into the women’s suffrage movement in belfast. the campaign to get the vote precipitated a change in the lives of women living in the shankill throughout the 20th century and beyond. banquet celebrates the ongoing process of that change. 1911 international women day 2011, swc, mary-ann mccraken helen crickard caroline mccorin linda walker