The Bogside Massacre of 1972, when 14 non-violent demonstrators were murdered by British paramilitary forces while protesting internment without trial in Derry, has motivated influential artists and musicians including John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Locky Morris, Christy Moore, and Robert Ballaghrom to create work that reflects the indignation, anger, sadness, and determination to inspire lasting social justice in Northern Ireland. Their art was intended to endure, and so the work continues today.
In early 2022 the Bloody Sunday Trust in partnership with ArtsEverywhere announced a call for artwork that explores issues related to human rights over the last 50 years. After months of preparations, we are proud to launch From Bloody Sunday to Brexit, a city-wide exhibition and commemoration featuring the work of select artists from Northern Ireland and around the world at the Museum of Free Derry on Monday, 13 June at 6pm.
In addition to poetry and performance art, paintings, sculptures, photography, illustrations, and installations will be on display at venues across the city. Please come join is at The Playhouse, the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Artillery Street, the Museum of Free Derry in Glenfada Park, or the outdoor galleries on Rossville Street and in the Guildhall. The exhibition will close with an intergenerational dance performance from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Saturday, 18 June between Ebrington and Guildhall Square.
From Bloody Sunday to Brexit will include works by Robert Ballagh, Greag Mac a’tSaoir, Rosaline Callaghan, Ryan Coyle, Anto Brannan, Sue Morris & Greg McLaughlin, Donal O’Doherty, Patrick McNicholl, Michael Spencer Phillips and Kathryn Phelan.