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An Arpillera from Conflict Textiles collection on display at the Verbal Arts Centre, June - Dec 2019. (Photo: Rory McCarron)

An Arpillera from Conflict Textiles collection on display at the Verbal Arts Centre, June - Dec 2019. (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, one arpillera is exhibited in this permanent rotating exhibition:

Verdulería en la población / Greengrocers in a población
Chilean arpillera, anon., c1980
Photo Martin Melaugh
Conflict Textiles collection. Provenance Arpillera collection, Kinderhilfe, Chile/Bonn

In June 2020, this textile will be replaced by another piece(s) from the Conflict Textiles collection.
Commissioned by: Verbal Arts Centre
Date(s): 10th July 2019 - 14th January 2020
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: The various forms of collaboration between the Verbal Arts Centre (VAC) and Conflict Textiles since 2008 (permanent rotating exhibition, 2008-2014, ad-hoc curated exhibitions and permanent rotating exhibition 2015 - present) has facilitated a continuous presence of textile language at the VAC.




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
• list of textiles, VAC, June - Dec 2018 - view
• list of textiles, VAC, Jan-June 2019 - view
• list of textiles, VAC, June - Dec 2019 - view