Tom Kelly is a member of The Bogside Artists, a group of three artists from an area of Derry City, Northern Ireland, known as the Bogside.
Tom Kelly sees in art a means by which Protestants and Catholics can come together. He is well known for his cross-community work and has pioneered the use of art to assuage religious conflict long before it’s efficacy in this respect was fully recognized by the cultural elite of Northern Ireland.
The Bogside Artists first began working together in 1993 to document the events surrounding the Northern Ireland Troubles. With supplies donated from local residents, they painted several murals on the walls of Rossville Street buildings commemorating the Battle of Bogside and Bloody Sunday. From 1994 to 2008, they painted a total of twelve murals on this street in the Bogside.
The Bogside Artists have exhibited their work widely in various cities, including Boston, Sydney, Brisbane, Chicago, London and Washington, D.C. They have painted a number of other works, most notably a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington D.C.
Hedge School Presentation: Murals of the Bogside, a People's Gallery