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Painting peace?: murals and the Northern Ireland peace process

Hill, Andrew and White, Andrew (2012). Painting peace?: murals and the Northern Ireland peace process. Irish Political Studies, 27(1) pp. 71–88.

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Murals have figured as a prominent feature of the visual environment of Northern Ireland since the early twentieth century, developing, during the Troubles, into one of the best-known examples of political art in the world. This article examines the position occupied by these murals in the period (since 1994) of the peace process. It focuses on the multi-government-agency Re-imaging Communities programme (launched in 2006) and its attempt to intervene in the visual environment and steer the Northern Ireland muralscape away from expressions of sectarianism towards more ‘positive’ themes. The aims and achievements of this programme (to date) are assessed, along with the issues the programme and related initiatives raise with regard to the governance of the visual environment. The article moves on to examine a further means by which murals have been repositioned in the period since 1994 – the attempt to present them as tourist attractions – and closes by discussing the issues raised for remembering the Troubles by these interventions in and attempts to reconfigure Northern Ireland's murals.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Political Studies Association of Ireland
ISSN: 1743-9078
Keywords: governance; murals; peace process; Re-imaging Communities; sectarianism; visual environment
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 32287
Depositing User: Andrew Hill
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 09:54
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:39
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