The transformation of the symbolic landscape of Northern Ireland is an important arena for identification, conflict, political discourse, peacebuilding, and community development in Northern Ireland.  

The Mural Mapping Project uses geographic information systems (GIS) technology and statistical and qualitative methods of inquiry to analyze murals and other ethnic and political displays in West Belfast and the Greater Shankill Road area, such as memorial gardens, monuments, sculptures, and other forms of public art. Read more ...


  • Belfast Mural Artist to take up Creative Residency at Swarthmore College Lee Smithey secured funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring Belfast muralist, Dee Craig, to Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr Colleges for a one-month residency in October ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2013, 6:18 PM by Lee Smithey
  • First conference paper presented The first preliminary analysis of Mural Mapping Project data was presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association meetings in New York in August 2013:"Explaining the Persistence ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2013, 6:14 PM by Lee Smithey
  • First maps being developed Exciting progress! First maps are being developed. Read more
    Posted Dec 6, 2012, 10:32 AM by Lee Smithey
  • Third survey is complete! The third survey of public art in West Belfast and the Greater Shankill Road area has been completed!  Read more.
    Posted Aug 3, 2012, 2:36 PM by Lee Smithey
  • Third survey is underway. Follow it online. The third survey for the Mural Mapping Project is underway! Lee has been on research leave since December 2011 and he is mapping murals, memorials and other forms of public ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2012, 4:11 PM by Lee Smithey
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