Rita Donagh

Long Meadow

1982

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1524 x 1524 mm
frame: 1546 x 1544 x 32 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1990
Reference
T05837

Display caption

The conflict in the north of Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s saw violent acts by both Unionists and Republicans perpetrated in mainland Britain and Northern Ireland. One of the key sites during those times was the Maze Prison in County Antrim, formerly known as Long Kesh or ‘Long Meadow’, the title of Donagh’s painting. Paramilitary prisoners were housed in the eight prison ‘H Blocks’, projected by Donagh in perspective onto a square canvas, echoing the square plan of a single cell block. The aerial view and the subtle rendering of the light convey the feeling of an air raid.

Gallery label, September 2016