The People’s Gallery is a collection of murals painted by the Bogside Artists – brothers Tom and William Kelly (d. 2017) and Kevin Hasson. The Gallery was launched in 2006, gathering together the 11 murals that had been painted between 1994 and 2006, with a twelfth mural being added in 2008. The Hunger Strike (Raymond McCartney) mural was replaced in 2016 and various murals have been repainted over the years, as described below.
This post gathers together images of the murals, taken from the Peter Moloney and Extramural Activity collections.
The People’s Gallery is in Derry’s “Bogside” area, so named because the land where the old city was built was originally an island in the river Foyle. Over time, the river on the western side dried up and became a bog (Ordnance Survey 1908). In 1832, although the area had been developed significantly, there were still boggy areas, such as the ‘cow bog’ in this map (from Bill McAfee/PRONI).
The murals are spread out along (part of) the course of a former river, Mary Blue’s Burn, (roughly) along what are now Rossville Street and Lecky Road. In the 2006 image below (click to enlarge), taken from the western wall of the old Derry city, the Peace mural can be seen on the right while the (repainted) Death Of Innocence mural can be seen on the left. Five others are visible between these. The left-most mural is in fact Bloody Sunday Commemoration, which is on Westland Street just out of frame to the left. Free Derry Corner is visible left of centre. (M02854)
Murals (by order of creation)
1. The Petrol Bomber (1994)
(M01115 Post includes two in-progress shots)
Modified with a “No RUC” badge (1995).
2. Bernadette (1996)
Repainted in late 2006 into 2007 – see M03414.
Repainted in 2015, with Bernadette in red.
3. Bloody Sunday (1997)
4. Bloody Sunday Commemoration (1997)
The oak leaves were given stripes down the middle.
Later repainted with two-tone oak leaves, an inner red circle, and a cross in the centre (in 2005/2006)
Repainted in 2010s (2015?) with purple background.
Repainted in 2006 – the rifle on the left is broken and the butterfly and buildings have more detail.
6. Hunger Strike (Raymond McCartney) (2000)
(See item #13 below for the new mural on this wall.)
7. Operation Motorman (2001)
Later (2013?) repainted with plaque + Seamus Bradley exhibition
8. The Rioter (Saturday Matinee) (2001)
9. Civil Rights (2004)
Restored by 2007
Repainted in 2015.
10. Peace Mural (2004)
Cross added in 2015/2016
11. The Runner (2006)
Repainted (in 2016?)
The People’s Gallery 1994-2006
The murals were gathered together under the name The People’s Gallery and a sign appeared on the northern gable of Kells Walk announcing the gallery. (The sign would later be moved across the street.)
12. Tribute To John Hume (2008)
13. Peggy O’Hara & Margaret Devine (2015)