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    'Events of 1994', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)

    'Events of 1994', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)


    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 Museum of Free Derry 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: Museum of Free Derry
    Bloody Sunday Centre, 55 Glenfada Park, Derry. Northern Ireland. BT48 9DR
    Curator: Roberta Bacic
    Facilitator: Museum of Free Derry staff
    Outcome: The overall exhibition prompted much discourse on the textile origins , their stories, connections to the makers and commonality of issues. The quilt exhibited in the Museum of Free Derry gave powerful recognition to the ability of textiles to articulate the perspective of the maker to a wide audience, more powerfully than words.

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

    Textiles Displayed:Events of 1994