Event Details

Arpilleras on display at the Tower Museum (June - December 2016). These four pieces were previously shown in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, as part of

Arpilleras on display at the Tower Museum (June - December 2016). These four pieces were previously shown in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, as part of "Disobedient Objects" exhibition. (Photo: Clem McCartney)

 

Exhibition :Conflict Textiles collection: Tower Museum and Guildhall
Description: From June 2015 – December 2016, pieces from the international Conflict Textiles collection were on permanent exhibit at the Tower Museum and the Guildhall on a six months rotating basis. Museum & Visitor Service staff from various disciplines were involved in this exhibition, co-ordinated by Ronan Mc Connell, Acting Education Officer. This was a collaborative venture with Roberta Bacic, former collector and custodian of Conflict Textiles collection, assisted by Breege Doherty.

Web links:
Derry and Strabane District Council - Museum and Visitor Service
Derry and Strabane District Council - Tower Museum
Derry and Strabane District Council - Guildhall

From June – December 2016, four of the six arpilleras on exhibit had recently been shown in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, as part of the exhibition "Disobedient Objects." They remained with the exhibition for almost a two year period - travelling to Australia after it closed in London – finally returning to Northern Ireland for the latter half of 2016.

On display at the Tower Museum (June – December 2016):

¿Dónde están nuestros hijos? / Where are our children?
Chilean arpillera, anon., 1979
Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Jacquie Monty, England

¡Adiós Pinochet! / Good bye Pinochet!
Chilean arpillera, anon., c1980
Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Heidi and Peter Gessler, Switzerland

Desplazamiento / Displacement
Colombian arpillera, Mujeres tejiendo sueños y sabores de paz, 2010
Conflict Textiles collection

Shannonwatch (Extraordinary rendition)
Irish arpillera, Deborah J. Stockdale, 2011
Conflict Textiles collection

Vida en Nuestra Población / Life in Our Poor Neighbourhood
Chilean arpillera, Taller Recoleta, 1982
Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Marta and Jürgen Schaffer, Germany.
(On display until 1st September 2016)

On display at the Guildhall (June – December 2016):

Violencia en Ayacucho 2 / Violence in Ayacucho 2
Peruvian arpillera, Mujeres Creativas workshop, 1985
Replica, MH, Mujeres Creativas workshop, 2011
Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance, Curator's acquisition

Events of 1992
Northern Ireland quilt by Irene MacWilliam, 1993
Irene MacWilliam collection
(On display from September - December 2016)
Commissioned by: Derry City and Strabane District Council, Museum and Visitor Service
Date(s): 11th July 2016 - 16th December 2016
Venue: Tower Museum, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Union Hall Place, Derry, Northern Ireland. BT48 6LU The Guildhall, Guildhall St, Derry, Northern Ireland. BT48 6DQ
Curator: Museum and Visitor Service staff, Roberta Bacic, assisted by Breege Doherty
Facilitator: Derry City and Strabane District Council, Museum and Visitor Service
Outcome: Over this 18 month period (June 2015 – December 2016), a total of 18 textiles from the Conflict Textiles collection were exhibited. This has contributed to increased visibility of the Tower Museum and Guildhall within the Conflict Textiles collection. The exhibition raised awareness amongst all stakeholders of the potential of textiles for uncovering issues of human rights abuses and conflict through textile language. It brought in, to both venues, numerous visitors from different countries that follow Conflict Textiles. It helped provide a greater understanding of the wider context behind the stories and issues portrayed by arpilleristas and other textiles that refer to conflict.




Documents: • list of textiles, Tower Museum, June-Dec 2015 - view
• list of textiles, Tower Museum, Jan-June 2016 - view
• list of textiles, Tower Museum, June-Dec 2016 - view