Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Event Details

A selection of pieces from the

A selection of pieces from the "War-Torn Children" exhibition on display at the Verbal Arts Centre. (Photo: Rory McCarron)


Exhibition and associated activities:War-Torn Children
Description: This exhibition of arpilleras, photographs and posters, commissioned by the Verbal Arts Centre, Derry / Londonderry, highlights the devastating impact of war on children, their families and communities. It is an adaptation of War-Torn Children exhibited at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 1st March - 15th April, and at CB1 Gallery, Limerick (commissioned by Doras Luimní), 17th – 28th July 2017.

The arpilleras are drawn from Conflict Textiles, the photographs from Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc (Catalonia) and the posters from INNATE (Irish Network for Nonviolent Action Training and Education). For the Verbal Arts Centre, whose core purpose is transformational storytelling, both oral and written, this exhibition narrates stories through textile and builds on previous collaborative work with Conflict Textiles.

Partners to this initiative are CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet), at Ulster University, Linen Hall Library Belfast, Peace People, Belfast and the Verbal Arts Centre.

The overall exhibition programme will include workshops, guided tours and reading room sessions.

Three Reading room sessions for school groups will be facilitated by Mary Fitzpatrick, on Wednesday 11th and Tuesday 17th October. These will focus on themes related to the exhibition and will include a guided tour by curator Roberta Bacic.

Web links:
War-Torn Children - Facebook

Commissioned by: Verbal Arts Centre
Date(s): 2nd October 2017 - 27th October 2017
Venue: Verbal Arts Centre, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry / Londonderry BT48 6PU
Curator: Roberta Bacic, assisted by Breege Doherty
Facilitator: Verbal Arts Centre staff
Outcome: It is envisaged that this exhibition will raise awareness of the human impact of war and injustice, and promote a culture of hospitality and welcome for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. It will build on and strengthen ongoing collaborative work with Conflict Textiles and promote engagement with a new constituency of participants.

Documents: • Photographic exhibition: 'After the Waves' - view
• 'After the Waves' - Captions (English) - view
• 'After the Waves' - Captions (Spanish) - view
• Textile Banner, War-Torn Children - view
• Exhibition poster: War-Torn Children - Derry - view
• list of textiles, War-Torn Children, Oct 2017 - view
• INNATE posters - Verbal Arts Centre - view
• Catalogue, War-Torn Children, VAC - view