Tuesday, 23 April 2024

Event Details

Participants engaged in the inter-generational Conflict Textiles workshop as part of the Cushendun Big Arts Weekend. (Photo: Clem McCartney)

Participants engaged in the inter-generational Conflict Textiles workshop as part of the Cushendun Big Arts Weekend. (Photo: Clem McCartney)


Exhibition and associated activities:Reflections on Refugees: Communicating through Art
Description: In collaboration with local artist Raymond Watson, The Old Church Centre are hosting a night to put a spotlight on the plight of refugees both at home and abroad. Given the current humanitarian tragedy in Ukraine, where over 2 million people have been displaced following the Russian invasion in February, drawing attention to the experience of refugees - and translating this concern into action - is forefront in people’s minds across Europe. Drawing on his experience working with young refugees in Italy, Raymond shares his experience creating art in 2021.

Through the Good Relations team at Causeway Coast and Glens, curator Roberta Bacic has been invited to share her insight on working with refugees in Northern Ireland and share the Conflict Textiles collection through an exhibition of 11 textiles with our rural community in the Glens.
Time: 7pm
Date: Tuesday 29th March

The exhibition, on display until 16 May, was part of the Cushendun Big Arts Weekend (29 April - 2 May).
On Sunday 1st May, 2 - 4 PM, Curator Roberta Bacic facilitated an inter-generational hands-on Conflict Textiles workshop. This built on the exhibition’s focus on refugees and started the process of working on a collective piece which is the basis of a textile contribution to UK Refugee Week 20 - 26 June 2022 and World Refugee Day 20 June 2022.
Two textile artists who have extensively contributed to Conflict Textiles were in attendance.

The completed textile was unveiled at 3pm, Monday 20th June, at The Old Church Centre, Cushendun. Event invitation
Commissioned by: The Old Church Centre, Cushendun
Date(s): 29th March 2022 - 16th May 2022
Venue: The Old Church Centre, Cushendun
1 Church Lane Cushendun BT44 0PS
Curator: Roberta Bacic assisted by Breege Doherty
Facilitator: Katy English, Maria McAllister and Maeve McAlister
Outcome: This initiative, comprised of an exhibition of textiles and hands-on workshop garnered much positive engagement and participation. It seeded the beginnings of a collective textile on the experiences of refugees and culminated in its unveiling on 20th June, marking “UK Refugee Week 20 - 26 June 2022” and “World Refugee Day 20 June 2022”. The finished collective arpillera, attached to a hessian backing by Annie McKay, will remain on display for the summer months at the Old Church Centre, Cushendun.

Documents: • Event poster: 29 Mar 22 - view
• Event Press release: 29 March 22 - view
• Textile list: The Old Church Centre, March 22 - view
• The Old Church Centre events, Spring 2022 - view
• Big Arts Weekend, 29 April - 2 May 2022 - view
• Invite: Cushendun textile unveiling, 20 June - view
• Photo gallery: workshop & outcome, June 2022 - view