A canvas on every corner - Northern Ireland's murals

Northern Ireland's streetscape has long been coloured by the Troubles and no more so than by its distinctive murals, the first of which was painted in Belfast in 1908.

But what place do these expressions of political and religious divisions have in a shared society? Are they a symbol of darker days or can they help to paint a brighter future?

Professor Bill Rolston, author of 'Drawing support: murals in Northern Ireland' discusses the significance, artistry and legacy of political murals in Northern Ireland.

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Images courtesy of Professor Bill Rolston, Dr Jonathan McCormick, Dr Martin Melaugh and Eamon Melaugh. All images are subject to copyright. Music by KPM.

Audio slideshow production by Laura Burns, Alison Finch and Ciaran Daly. Publication date 9th October 2013.

Related links

Troubled Walls on Radio 4

Paramilitaries in the Troubles

CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet) mural directory

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