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Shipsides, Dan (2004) Sorry. Be Part Gallery Waregem, Belgium. [Exhibition]

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Abstract

Sorry intervention (Cave Hill): During 2004 Belfast City Council demanded that the cultural newspaper The Vacuum apologised to ‘the citizens of the City' and ‘Members of the Council' for ‘any offence which may have been caused by previous publications'. It was in response to the paired issues of the publication entitled “God” and “Satan”. The demand for an apology was backed by an illegal threat to withdraw pledged funding. The Council could not identify what in the two issues had caused offence nor could they produce evidence of the complaints. It was a blatant attempt to stifle freedom of expression by the conservative religious right who make up the majority of city councilors. In response The Vacuum organised an ironic day of "apology". (see. www.sorryday.com) with the help of its' supporters which included a march through the city of supporters carrying "sorry" placards and banners and a " Sorry Santa " as it was Christmas time. I planned and executed a project to say “sorry” from the top of Cave Hill - a hill top visible from most parts of Belfast . The close by hills around Belfast have a history of republican and loyalist “pronouncements” e.g. protests to free political prisoners and statements in relation to the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement (YES / NO). I wanted to make a big statement of being sorry. The word was 15m high and 40m wide, made of plastic sheets and pegged with bamboo canes. The Sun, a tabloid newspaper covered the “ sorry” day with typically misleading but humorous reporting. Documentation of the intervention was made into a photographic work and shown in the User's End: exhibition. Users' End. Group show (with Denicolai & Provoost, Geys, Beggs, Moore) Be-Part Gallery, Waregem, Belgium. 2008

Item Type:Exhibition
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Space and Place
Location:Be Part Gallery Waregem, Belgium
Date:13 December 2004
ID Code:2172
Deposited By:Mr Daniel Shipsides
Deposited On:02 Dec 2009 11:52
Last Modified:23 Apr 2013 12:09

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