KEEPER is an archive comprising artworks and gathered material relating to the lived experience of Northern Ireland. Keeper artworks are continually being developed and each is unique to the time, to the legacy and to the context. They are created from found objects, digital and film colour cinematography, black and white 35mm film photography, 35mm colour slide, digital audio site recordings, and interviews. Initially these artworks were generated from the original Long Kesh compounds (1971) and the cellular HM Prison Maze (1976 – 2000).
Keeper as an art project is continually evolving. Each manifestation of the Keeper exhibition is unique to the exhibition context and gallery space. The Keeper archive has expanded over twenty years and no longer contains elements exclusive to these two sites of incarceration.