Interviewed by Richard West
Location: Artist's home, Newtownards, County Down
Date: March 2006

Still taken from: 'Sandy Row' by Peter O'Doherty

Still taken from: 'Sandy Row' by Peter O'Doherty

Chapter 12:

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Chapter 12 Synopsis:

  • Joins Tourist Board in September 1978, worked beneath Ian Hill and Robert Blair.
  • Tourist Board learn about debacle in previous job so under probation to begin with.
  • First project with Tourist Board - 'Pubs of Ulster'.
  • Antipathy towards 'prettiness' - strives to inject his own aethetic into the material while still providing what they needed.
  • Now working in colour, becomes more technically profficient during this period.
  • Tourist Board devoted a lot of time to thinking about how to market the province, objective was to counter the bad publicity of the Troubles.
  • Tourist Board based in River House on High Street, later moves to North Street.
  • Much of work involves refreshing images of prime tourist attractions and accomodation on an annual basis.

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