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Figures Through the Wire

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Geordie Morrow was born in North Belfast in 1951, left school at 16 and, interested in pursuing an artistic career, began training as a sign writer. In 1974 he was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force and was convicted for armed robbery.

Morrow served three years in the Maze/Long Kesh Prison, where he painted on an almost daily basis. This body of artwork provides a unique visual catalogue of life in prison, the monotony of daily life, the parcels and milk deliveries, prisoners exercising in the compound and warders on their rounds.

The Maze/Long Kesh site remains contested and politically controversial, in many ways it has become emblematic of the wider challenges we face in dealing with the legacy of the past. This exhibition represents the lived experiences of one individual and the observations he chose to record.

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© National Museums NI