Visitors Flocking To Picturing Derry Exhibition

Visitors Flocking To Picturing Derry Exhibition

Picturing Derry, the City of Culture’s first major photographic exhibition, has proved a hit with visitors, local residents and art lovers alike, becoming the most popular exhibition ever to be staged in Derry~Londonderry.

Picturing Derry, which is a partnership project between the Nerve Centre and Culture Company's BT Portrait of a City project, brings together for the first time, some of the most iconic images of the Troubles in the city in one exhibition.


Legendary French photojournalist Gilles Caron’s previously unseen major body of work during the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969 forms a major part of the exhibition. It also includes the work of other visiting photographers from around the world as well as images by local news photographers and amateur photographers.

Pearse Moore, chief executive of the Nerve Centre, said: “The Picturing Derry exhibition has been incredibly well attended with more than 100 people through the doors each day. The reaction to both the exhibition and the new City Factory Gallery has been phenomenal. So much so that we are looking at ways a permanent Picturing Derry exhibition could remain on display in the city.”

Declan Sheehan, curator of the exhibition, said: “We have noticed that often visitors are recognising themselves or friends or family in the photographs, and then returning to the exhibition, bringing friends and family talking about their experiences relating to the images. In this way in particular, the exhibition has really struck a chord, and it seems to give people a place in which to discuss the past.”

The exhibition, which is supported by the Culture Programme of the European, spans a period of almost 30 years, covering many different aspects of life in the city from 1969 up to the late 1980s.

The City Factory Gallery is housed in the last major shirt factory to close in Derry~Londonderry and has been renovated to host a number of City of Culture events during 2013.

The next exhibition in the gallery Beyond the Walls will examine how histories of conflict have been scarred into the physical fabric of the cities of Berlin, Dubrovnik and Derry-Londonderry, and how lives exist in that shadow. It brings together works by Camerawork, Willie Doherty, Wade Goddard, Clive Limpkin, Homer Sykes, Kai Weidenhoffer, and photographers who lived in Derry throughout the conflict.

Picturing Derry continues until 7 July 2013. City Factory Gallery, in Patrick Street, opens: Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm; Sun, 1-5 pm. Late opening to 8pm on 27 June.

A selection from the Picturing Derry exhibition will also tour to the Grand Hall, Stormont from 12 August - 20 September 2013.

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