The Alan Skillen Murals

Introduction

Alan Skillen painted a series of murals in Percy Place in 1984.

Neil Jarman (Parading Culture, 1995, p. 309) writes, “According to the Belfast Telegraph (3-7-1984), local people donated money towards the materials and they were painted by a local man, Alan Skillen, in July 1984.” He goes on to note that the hooded gunmen only appear in the lower walls and provide a “subtext” for the traditional and prisoner-related images on the gable walls.

The gable murals do not have painted backgrounds (presumably to keep painting costs down) but the side-walls have solid colours as backgrounds.

Images

South side of Percy Place, from left (east) to right (west).

“No Surrender” with Union flag, Ulster Banner, and a St Andrew’s cross on a shield, with red hand superimposed.
(M00567)

Armed paramilitary with Ulster Banner, standing on a free-floating Northern Ireland.(M00568)

UDA emblem (C Coy). (M00562)

“Ulster – Scotland. United. We. Stand”(M00574)

“Shankill supports all the loyalist prisoners” (both UVF and UDA emblems)(M00570)

“This is loyalist west Belfast”(M00571)

(M00573)

(M00564)

(M00565)

North side of Percy Place. The order of the murals is uncertain.

“King William III, July 1690”. King Billy crosses the Boyne.(M00572)

Shankill – No Surrender, with a Northern Ireland-shaped Union flag with a six-pointed star and red hand at the centre. (M00577)

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