Derry Journal
14 March 2012

Tommy Kelly and Kevin Hasson of the Bogside artists. (Photo: Stephen Latimer)

Derry’s Bogside Artists will take their art to Western New York later this month with a weeklong stay as artists in residence at St. Bonaventure University.

Tom Kelly, his brother William and their friend Kevin Hasson’s trip to the US will coincide with an exhibition of their murals at the university.

The exhibition, ‘Peace and Reconciliation: For Them, For Us, For Me,’ will feature large photographs of each of the murals and opens Monday, March 19, and runs through Tuesday, March 27.

While on campus, the Bogside Artists will be joined by students from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to complete a mural for the university.

The theme will be ‘Freedom of Speech’ and the public will be invited to stop by, watch the artists paint and ask questions about their work. A presentation featuring the Bogside artists will also be held – open to the public and followed by a reception. High school students will also be given a voice in the exhibition, and also on loan for the occasion will be a bronze replica of Hands Across the Divide, the iconic Derry sculpture which stands at the end of Craigavon Bridge.

St. Bonaventure has a strong Irish legacy, which dates back centuries to its founder Nicholas Devereux, who emigrated from Wexford in 1806.