Rethinking the Land: An Exhibition of Ulster Maps

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The author curates a touring exhibition of Northern Ireland cartography, called Mapping Alternative Ulster. The project emerged from a dissatisfaction with how Northern Ireland is represented in maps, one example is given. To counter them, he sought independent cartographers making original maps. The curator discusses the
criteria he applied when selecting work for the show. He wanted maps with politics, although not the region's traditional sectarian politics. All the selected maps constitute arguments, critiquing problems in the lived environment or drawing attention to valuable things that may be at risk. The latter sections of the article discuss five of the contributors and looks at their work in detail. In conclusion, the impact of the exhibition is assessed by looking at visitor comments. Illustrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-180
JournalThe Cartographic Journal
Issue number2
Early online date14 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Two of the author's own maps were also included in the Mapping Alternative Ulster exhibition, although they are not discussed in this article.


  • maps
  • sectarian politics
  • curatorship
  • exhibition
  • Ulster
  • Northern Ireland
  • Garrett Carr
  • The Rule of the Land
  • alternative maps
  • cartography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Urban Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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