Troubles Art Lunchtime Talk: John Keane

15 November 2019

Troubles Art Lunchtime Talk: John Keane

John Keane, The Other Cheek?, 1989 oil and mixed media on canvas

To coincide with the Troubles Art exhibition at the Nerve Centre, Derry, Flowers Gallery artist John Keane will discuss his work and artistic practice as part of a programme of lunchtime talks. 

Conflict has been a consistent theme in John Keane's work, driven by an interest in ‘why human beings want to kill one another for political ends’. Keane has travelled across the world to record conflict in situations such as Angola and the Gulf War.

Keane's exhibited work The Other Cheek? is from a similarly titled series of paintings made between 1989 and 1990. It relates to a phrase Keane said he had heard used by members of Sinn Féin, the Ulster Defence Association and the British Army: ‘What do you expect us to do – turn the other cheek?’ Many of the most recognisable elements of the Troubles are evident, as is their imprint on both communities: suffering and loss, murals, flags and peace lines.

Registration is advised. For more information and to register, email: or tel: 028 7126 0562.

Location: Nerve Centre 5-6 Magazine Street, Derry~Londonderry  BT48 6HJ
Tel: +(44) 028 71 260 562