Amanda Dunsmore's unique filmed portraits of representations of the Nobel Peace Laureate’s of Northern Ireland premiered in the major solo exhibition KEEPER, The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2018). The exhibition title refers to Dunsmore's art project and archive Keeper, comprising artworks and gathered material relating to the lived experience of Northern Ireland.
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Video Portrait, 20mins, 2017.
Mairead Corrigan Maguire (filmed in the Peace House, Belfast), Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, founded The Peace People, a cross-community grassroots movement dedicated to ending the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. For their search for peace and reconciliation Maguire and Williams were jointly awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. Maguire continues to work on peace issues internationally and was one of the founders of The Nobel Women’s Initiative in 2006
There are four Nobel Peace Laureate’s of Northern Ireland. Amanda Dunsmore filmed the first in this series in 2005 with the portrait of John Hume, filmed in his constituency of Derry/Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. He and David Trimble were jointly awarded the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland." She filmed David Trimble (now Lord Trimble) in his former constituency of Banbridge, Northern Ireland, in 2017.
John Hume and Lord David Trimble were not the first recipients from Northern Ireland to receive the award. In 1977, two women, Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Betty Williams, were jointly awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. They were leaders of the Peace People, the movement co-founded by them and journalist Ciaran McKeown.
John Hume, 1998 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Video Portrait, 20mins, 2005.
John Hume was a key figure behind the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement in 1998, which ended decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. He had joined the Northern Irish civil rights movement in the late 1960s and was Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party from 1979 to 2001. Hume shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize with David Trimble and was later awarded the Martin Luther King Peace Award and the International Gandhi Peace Prize.
David Trimble, 1998 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Video Portrait, 20mins, 2017.
David Trimble, as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party David Trimble was a key figure in the signing of the 1998 Belfast / Good Friday Agreement, which realised self-government for Northern Ireland under a power-sharing arrangement. It established the Northern Ireland Assembly of which Trimble became First Minister in November 1999. He shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize with John Hume "for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict". He became Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey in 2006.