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'The Great Hunger 1845-1848', by the Wigham family and the Dublin & Waterford Quakers. (Photo: Colin Peck)

'The Great Hunger 1845-1848', by the Wigham family and the Dublin & Waterford Quakers. (Photo: Colin Peck)

 

Exhibition and associated activities:The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts
Description: "The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras" exhibition took place at the Harbour Museum, Derry, from 8th February until 19th April 2008, with a total of 17 Chilean arpilleras on display. On 8th March 2008, two Irish quilts were displayed, as part of the "The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts" exhibition. This exhibition was on view at an additional eight venues in Derry/Londonderry from 8th March until 19th April 2008. The combined exhibition of Irish and international quilts and Chilean arpilleras was the result of a collaboration between Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Services and The Junction with guest curator Roberta Bacic.
Commissioned by: Derry City Council, Heritage and Museum Service; and Harbour Museum
Date(s): 8th March 2008 - 19th April 2008
Venue: Harbour Museum, Derry / Londonderry
Harbour Square, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland. BT48 6AF
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: Harbour Museum staff
Outcome: The exhibition was well attended. Overall, it created an awareness of the origins of arpilleras, how women created and used them during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile and prompted much discussion and debate. Having Irish quilts on display resulted in a wider audience for the both types of textile and prompted discussion on similarities and differences with regard to technique, context and issues portrayed. It successfully laid the groundwork for subsequent exhibitions.




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