STATESBORO-Visitors to the Georgia Southern University Museum this fall will view, for the first time outside of its original venue, a stunning exhibition of international public art.
The display, titled “From Protest to Peace: Murals by the Bogside Artists of Northern Ireland,” includes eleven wall-paintings located on buildings along Rossville Street in the Northern Ireland city of Derry. The murals depict events from the recent troubled history of Northern Ireland.
“It’s a real coup for us to have the world premiere of this exhibit,” said Howard Keeley, director of the University’s Center for Irish Studies and a co-curator of the exhibition. “The murals will be here until January 2008, and when they leave here, they will be traveling to a number of museums and universities around the U.S.”
The murals depicted in the exhibition were created by three men, Tom Kelly, his brother William Kelly, and their friend, Kevin Hasson, known collectively as The Bogside Artists. The artists are three distinct individuals: a humanist, a republican and a committed Christian. All three have personally experienced the unfolding of “the Troubles” during their lifetimes.
The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Admission is free.