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    'Peace Quilt - Common Loss', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

    'Peace Quilt - Common Loss', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Permanent rotating exhibition:Permanent rotating exhibition of textiles 2008-2014
    Description: This permanent-rotating exhibition, which began on 20 April 2008, has its roots in collaboration between James Kerr at the Verbal Arts Centre and Roberta Bacic, Chilean researcher, human rights activist and curator. The 32 exhibitions hosted since 2008 depict a variety of themes: local, international, human rights issues and the experience of new communities.

    The textiles on display were largely comprised of story quilts, arpilleras and wall hangings made by community groups from different parts of the island, other countries, or individual women. These were displayed for a number of weeks before being replaced with new pieces, culminating in an exhibition launched on International Women's day 2014, titled: "Women 31: 31 textile stories and associated activities celebrating International Women's day. This marked six years from the commencment of the permanent rotating exhibition.

    Exhibitions hosted since 2008 (32 in total)

    The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts
    Women's Rights are Human Rights
    A Quilt for the World
    Friendship through Quilting
    A piece of me, a piece of us
    Micro Cosmos
    Shared Visions
    Peruvian Arpilleras that tell a story, cry out, challenge and question
    Sew and Sew's Quilt
    Visions of the Community Quilt
    Events of 1998
    Cultures from the heart
    The Africa Quilt
    Limavady Borough Millennium Community Quilt
    The Bill of Rights
    Guatemalan Textiles, 1980/90s
    Sheep in Quilts-Caorigh agus Olann
    An Interpretation of Seamus Heaney's "Field Work" Through the Medium of Fabric and Thread
    From Threads of Life to Following the Thread
    Textile Installation on Afghanistan
    Nuestra Travesía / Our journey
    Rathlin Reflections: threads from an Island home
    Sant Roc, a Diverse Neighbourhood
    The Alphabet Quilt
    To the Lighthouse
    The Tree of Life - Women to Women for Peace quilts
    Story Makers 2008-2011, Twenty-five textile stories
    "Age Old Stories" Arpillera
    'The Killarney Girls' Arpilleras
    Arpilleres: Les nostres històries fan història/Our Stories Make History arpilleras
    Textile Voices From Our City: 2013 & Story Textiles From Around The world
    Women 31: 31 textile stories and associated activities celebrating International Women's day 2014
    Commissioned by: Verbal Arts Centre
    Date(s): 21st April 2008 - 15th April 2014
    Venue: Verbal Arts Centre, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
    Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry, Northern Ireland. BT48 6PU
    Curator: Roberta Bacic
    Facilitator: Verbal Arts Centre
    Outcome: In the words of James Kerr, Executive Director Verbal Arts Centre: "this has been a stimulating process of engagement with a new constituency of participants. It has encouraged us to learn new skills and make new friends and has added a new dimension of colour to the Centre."


    Textiles Displayed: