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Two arpilleras from Conflict Textiles collection, on exhibit at the Verbal Arts Centre, January - June 2018. (Photo: Rory McCarron)

Two arpilleras from Conflict Textiles collection, on exhibit at the Verbal Arts Centre, January - June 2018. (Photo: Rory McCarron)

 

Permanent rotating exhibition:Conflict Textiles collection: Verbal Arts Centre
Description: On international Women’s day, 8th March 2008 the exhibition, “The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts”, was launched at the Verbal Arts Centre. Building on this momentum, the Verbal Arts Centre, in collaboration with Chilean curator and human rights advocate Roberta Bacic, has hosted 33 textile exhibitions since 2008 on a permanent rotating basis. Textiles on display were largely drawn from the Conflict Textiles collection; an international collection of quilts, arpilleras and wall hangings, developed by Roberta over the last three decades.

Given the breadth and depth of this collection and the success of the permanent rotating exhibition, 2008-2014, it was agreed in 2015, that two pieces exclusively from the Conflict Textiles collection, will be permanently exhibited at the Verbal Arts Centre on a six-month rotating basis.

A number of Verbal Arts Centre staff are involved in this exhibition: Sinead McLaughlin, Administrative Officer; James Kerr, Executive Director and Rory McCarron, Media Producer.
This is a collaborative venture with Roberta Bacic, independent Curator, collector and custodian of Conflict Textiles collection, assisted by Breege Doherty.

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The Verbal Arts Centre

Currently, two arpilleras are exhibited in this permanent rotating exhibition:

XX1 Century Goddess
Argentinean arpillera, Ana Zlatkes & Mirta Zak, 2014
Conflict Textiles collection

(This piece was donated by the artists and will reside permanently at the Verbal Arts Centre.)

Somos Mujeres cesantes / We are unemployed women
Chilean arpillera, anon., c1980
Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Theresa Wolfwood, Victoria, Canada

In June 2018, this arpillera will be replaced by another piece from the Conflict Textiles collection.
Commissioned by: Verbal Arts Centre
Date(s): 16th January 2018 - 19th June 2018
Venue: Verbal Arts Centre, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry / Londonderry BT48 6PU
Curator: Verbal Arts Centre staff; Roberta Bacic, assisted by Breege Doherty
Facilitator: Verbal Arts Centre
Outcome:




Documents: • list of textiles, VAC, June-Dec 2015 - view
• list of textiles, VAC, Jan-June 2016 - view
• list of textiles, VAC, June-Dec 2016 - view
• list of textiles, VAC, Jan-June 2017 - view
• list of textiles, VAC, June - Dec 2017 - view
• list of textiles, VAC, Jan-June 2018 - view