Thu 14 Dec 2017

The Orchard Gallery highlights the importance of civic spaces where ideas, perspectives and feelings can be shared within our community in the fostering of a critically informed public.

Over the years, the Gallery has build up a body of trust with artists and the community which has allowed some of the most challenging contemporary work around today to be presented in exhibitions, installations, performances, public art projects, educational activity and related events in Derry.

The Orchard Gallery has, since its inception in October 1978, been a centre of excellence with an outstanding domestic and international reputation. It has played an important role in launching and furthering the careers of young artists. Its education programmes have been of enormous value in supporting children’s education and introducing visual art to many in the local area.

Orchard Gallery committed to The Agreementas a production partner in the early stages of the project and raised production funds on behalf of Northern Ireland.

The Agreementwas exhibited in Orchard Gallery 18 January - 15 February 2003.


Derry

The original ambition of Orchard was to show The Agreement in the Council Chamber of the Guildhall - a politically sensitive site which would have emphasised the landmark nature of the original document. At the time the Guildhall was the venue for the controversial Saville Enquiry and in the event, proved too sensitive and the work was exhibited in Orchard Gallery itself.

The Saville Enquiry was commissioned by Tony Blair to reappraise the evidence found by the Lord Chief Justice of England, Lord Widgery, in the first inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday 30 January 1972, in which 18 civilians died at the hands of the British Army during a Civil Rights March.

With the establishment of the new Bloody Sunday Inquiry. The British Government has the opportunity to put right great wrongs of historic proportions. Lord Saville of Newdigate, Chairman of the new Inquiry and his two Commonwealth panellists, Sir Edward Somers, New Zealand, and Mr Justice Hoyt, Canada, have assumed an enormous responsibility. They cannot presume the confidence of the families who lost their loved ones, the Bloody Sunday wounded or the wider Nationalist community of Derry and beyond. Lord Chief Justice Widgery has cast a long shadow of suspicion and our engagement with the new inquiry will always be in the knowledge that their predecessor caused enormous distress and hurt through the abuse of the same powers they now possess. Saville, Somers and Hoyt might yet contribute to the healing process so necessary between the peoples of Ireland and their British neighbours, if on this occasion they apply themselves to the fair and impartial unravelling of the truth which they promised in their opening statement on 3 April 1998. Don Mullin, Derry, 1 October 1998, Blood in the Street, Guildhall Press 1998.

Navigation
Overview
start here
The Peace Treaty

Introduction
and links to further information

The Sculpture

About the artwork,
the artist and the commission

The Discourse
City Focus

Dublin
Project - 27/9 - 26/10/02

Derry
Orchard Gallery - 8/1 - 15/2/03

Belfast
Golden Thread Gallery - 22/2 - 23/3/03

London
Beaconsfield - 10/4 - 8/6/03

Portadown
Millennium Court Arts Centre 7/5-20/6 2004

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