Event Details

L to R: Anne Montgomery, guest speaker and textile specialist; Irene MacWilliam, artist and quilter; and Roberta Bacic, guest curator. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

L to R: Anne Montgomery, guest speaker and textile specialist; Irene MacWilliam, artist and quilter; and Roberta Bacic, guest curator. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

 

Exhibition and associated activities:Events of the Year Quilts and Testimonies of Survival: An exhibition of year quilts by Irene MacWilliam spanning over the last 25 years.
Description: This exhibition of year quilts by Irene MacWilliam spanning the last 25 years illustrates Irene's skill of quilting and her concerns about natural and human disasters. A small selection of her quilts may be viewed here; Further information is available from her website http://irenemacwilliam.co.uk

The exhibition also features a collection of Latin American arpilleras from Chile whose work highlight, expose and denounce events that have dramatically shaped the lives of women as a result of political and social violence.

The exhibition is complemented by two events:
Seminar: "From the signing of the Good Friday Agreement to a possible Truth Commission for Northern Ireland," 21st February 2012, 12.00 - 2.00pm, Tower Museum, chaired by Professor Brice Dickson.

Workshop: "How to make a Memory Piece of an Event or Person", by Irene MacWilliam; Saturday 25th February 2012; 10.00 am - 4.00 pm; Education Room, Tower Museuem.
Commissioned by: Derry City Council, Heritage and Museum Service; and Tower Museum
Date(s): 16th February 2012 - 24th March 2012
Venue: Tower Museum, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Union Hall Place, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland. BT48 6LU
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: Bernadette Walshe, Archivist Derry City Council Museum and Visitor Service
Outcome: This exhibition profiled these unusual quilts by Irene MacWilliam and prompted discussion on how stories and events are recorded. Positioning them alongside Chilean arpilleras allowed participants to experience two very different techniques and traditions, both of which give voice to people and events that may otherwise be lost.
Photographs: Photographs of launch of Exhibition, 16th February 2012 - View Here




Documents: • Exhibition invitation, Derry, Feb 2012 - view
• Exhibition press release, Derry, Feb 2012 - view
• Comments by Bacic, Derry, Feb 2012 - view
• Associated seminar notice, Derry, Feb 2012 - view
• Introductory comments, Montgommery, Feb 2012 - view
• Speakers abstracts, Derry, Feb 2012 - view
• Seminar press release, Derry, Feb 2012 - view
• Seminar presentation, Collins, Derry,Feb 2012 - view
• Seminar presentation, Derry, Feb 2012 - view