Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Launch of mural by Acclaimed Artist Robert Ballagh

 The launch in Glenfada Park of a new mural based on artist Robert Ballagh’s “The Third of May – After Goya, 1970″.

In this work Ballagh was making direct reference to Francisco Goya’s anti-war painting “The Third of May 1808 in Madrid” (El tres de mayo de 1808 en Madrid) below.

Goya sought to commemorate Spanish resistance to Napoleon’s armies during the occupation of 1808 in the Peninsular War.  His paintings have inspired many anti-war works  the most famous of which is Picasso’s “Geurnica”.

Ballagh was responding to redeployment of British Troops on to the streets of Derry and Belfast in August 1969.
He has given  permission for his 1970 work  to be adapted for this years events surrounding the on-going campaign for justice and will launch the new version adapted by local artists.
Introducing Ballagh will be Eamonn McCann of the Bloody Sunday March Committee.

Source: Bloody Sunday March For Justice