Conrad Atkinson First banned, then welcomed at Ulster Museum: Little Ireland artist Conrad Atkinson mourned

Belfast Media Oct 09, 2022

Conrad Atkinson (82), the only artist to have his work banned at the Ulster Museum, has passed away at his home in Boustead Hill, Cumbria, England.

In 1978, porters at the Ulster Museum refused to hang his hard-hitting work on Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee - Silver Liberties - because it consisted of large canvasses in the colours of the Irish tricolour highlighting the Bloody Sunday slaughter. A fourth panel in black showed victims of police brutality in English prisons – Conrad's prescient warning that violations of civil rights on the streets of Belfast would ultimately lead to injustice on the streets of Bristol and Brighton.

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