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Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness kiss image: artist wants to tour with controversial picture

By Nevin Farrell

An artist behind a mocked-up print of the First and Deputy First Ministers kissing has said he hopes to bring the controversial piece of art on tour.

The image featuring Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness is currently on display at Strule Arts Centre in Omagh.

It is due to hang there until the end of the month and an Omagh Council spokeswoman said it had not received any complaints from political parties.

Politicians were reluctant to make any comment yesterday but political sources said many people were angered.

A DUP spokesman said: "The artwork on display, or signage erected within the Strule Arts Centre, are matters for Omagh District Council."

Elizabeth Harkin, a spokesperson for Omagh Council, which runs Strule Arts Centre, said entry to the exhibition was free. The Images of Ulster exhibition continues until August 30.

She said there may have been some comment about the exhibition in the visitors book "but by and large the public liked" it.

The artist behind the image, Stuart Cannell (24), originally from Bangor, admitted he made the picture called The Kiss to provoke discussion in the context of Northern Ireland politics. He said the picture meant whatever the viewer wanted it to mean and said it could symbolise the coming together of the two communities, but admitted some people may see "homosexuality".

He said he was disappointed that the council had put up a 'warning' sign at the entrance advising visitors of controversial content.

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