Thursday, 23 March 2023

Event Details

'Friendship Quilt', by Women from Cross Community Groups, Derry / Londonderry. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

'Friendship Quilt', by Women from Cross Community Groups, Derry / Londonderry. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Exhibition and associated activities:The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts
Description: “The Art of Survival: International and Irish Quilts” exhibition took place in nine venues across Derry from 8th February until 19th April 2008, with the Workhouse Museum being one venue. The combined exhibition of Irish and international quilts and Chilean arpilleras was the result of a collaboration between Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Services and The Junction with guest curator Roberta Bacic.

Two launch events heralded this extensive exhibition programme. The Politics of Chilean Arpilleras, a forerunner to the main exhibition, was launched in the Harbour Museum, Derry, on 8th February. One month later, the overall exhibition was launched in the Verbal Arts Centre.

A total of 26 Irish quilts, 17 Chilean arpilleras and 24 international quilts were displayed at the nine venues in Derry.
Commissioned by: Derry City Council, Heritage & Museum Service with local partner
Date(s): 8th March 2008 - 19th April 2008
Venue: Workhouse Museum
23 Glendermott Road, Waterside, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland. BT48 6BG
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: Workhouse Museum staff
Outcome: The exhibition prompted much discourse on the origins of these diverse textiles, their stories, their record of events, connections to the makers, commonality of issues and a recognition of their ability to articulate the experience of the makers, more powerfully than words.

Documents: • Irish Quilts Catalogue - The Art of Survival - view
• International Quilts Catalogue - view
• International and Irish Quilts catalogue - view
• Exhibition poster, Derry 0208 - view
• Exhibition Poster - view
• Map & list of venues, Derry Feb 2008 - view
• Press Release, Derry 0208 - view