The Housing Executive has allocated £20,000 to The Bogside Artists to restore four of the iconic murals in ‘The People’s Gallery’.
Welcoming the news, SDLP Area Representative for the Moor, Emmet Doyle, said: “It is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the famous artists to have secured this funding and continue to show their love of the Bogside and the people of Derry by restoring murals that attract thousands of people into the Bogside every year.
Mr Doyle said: “I am absolutely over the moon that The Bogside Artists have secured this funding from the Housing Executive. It truly is refreshing to see a public body such as the Executive investing in ‘The People’s Gallery’, a focus of pride for the people of the Bogside and the entire city.
“The three men that constitute The Bogside Artists, Tom Kelly, William Kelly and Kevin Hasson have put this city on the map of the art world for many years and have the support and admiration of its people for their work.
“I have long been a supporter and admirer of The Bogside Artists and ‘The People’s Gallery’ that has stood in the Bogside telling the story of our chequered history. There are some in the city who would wish to see the Gallery re-imaged but, the reality is, they attract innumerable visitors to our city; they are known worldwide and, right across Derry, and they occupy a special place in the hearts and minds of our people.
“This funding will enable the Artists to restore four of the murals and bring them back to their original pristine condition. This is welcome news for the Bogside. We all have a duty to protect ‘The People’s Gallery’. It is about and for the people of Derry and I pledge to continue my support for the Artists and the Gallery for many years to come.”