Thursday, 23 March 2023

Event Details

'Events of 1998', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)

'Events of 1998', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)


Exhibition:Events of 1998
Description: Since 1986, Irene MacWilliam has crafted an annual Events of the Year quilt, each one consisting of 20 panels depicting significant world events. A natural curiosity combined with a love of textiles inspired her to create these unique quilts. As Irene's quilts reflect world events, the repeated portrayal of war, civil unrest and natural disasters is a salutary reminder to world leaders of the need for new directions.

This exhibition was part of a continuous series of arpillera and quilt exhibitions hosted by the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry and curated by Roberta Bacic, from 2008 to 2013. Each exhibition, comprised of a piece or pieces created by community groups from different parts of the island, other countries, or individual women, was displayed for a number of weeks before being replaced with a new exhibition.
Commissioned by: Verbal Arts Centre, and curator
Date(s): 10th July 2009 - 10th September 2009
Venue: Verbal Arts Centre, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PU, Northern Ireland
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: Verbal Arts Centre staff
Outcome: 'Events of 1998' highlighted for viewers a series of world events which often do not feature in mainstream media and may perhaps have led to a questioning of how some news stories dominate over others.

Documents: • Exhibition notice - July 2009 - view

Textiles Displayed:Events of 1998