After over a decade of struggling with the Derry City council streets signs were installed on January 22nd around midday at the junction of Rossville Street where the murals are situated and William Street in the Bogside. Another was installed at the top of Fahan Street overlooking the Bogside. The Bogside Artists, Tom Kelly, Kevin Hasson and William Kelly wasted no time in putting a short video documenting this historic occasion on YouTube.
Said spokesman Tom Kelly "Were it not for a certain group within Sinn Fein who hold office in the council and who have denigrated us and our work ceaselessly for well over a decade with a view to hijacking for their own purposes the gallery we laboriously created those signs would have been in place a long time ago. Let us all hope they manage to get over it. Unfortunately, as these are the same people who declare in the front room to the gullible electorate that they have been helping us while in the back room they have been diligently trying to destroy us and would rather boil in oil before lifting a finger to help us, it is unlikely if they ever will forget about us and get on with their lives. From our point of view the people have spoken. That is enough for us. It is enough for anybody with an ounce of intelligence... and for keeps. The People’s Gallery is now recognized for what it always was, a very significant and artistic landmark in the city with universal reach and meaning world wide."
The artists are outspoken critics of the ruling parties and have refused to support Derry's accolade as UK City of Culture which they see as a product of political gamesmanship that will profit a few massively while leaving the city as it was, mismanaged and it the grip of economic recession.