Tuesday, 23 April 2024

Event Details

Participants who took part in the intergenerational workshop, 19th May 2012

Participants who took part in the intergenerational workshop, 19th May 2012 "How to Make a Memory Piece, display their finished pieces. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)


Exhibition and associated activities:Events of the Year Quilts and Testimonies of Survival: An exhibition of year quilts by Irene MacWilliam spanning the last 25 years
Description: This exhibition of year quilts by Irene MacWilliam, spanning the last 25 years illustrates Irene's skill of quilting and her concerns about natural and human disasters. A small selection of her quilts may be viewed here; Further information is available from her website http://irenemacwilliam.co.uk

This exhibition also features a collection of Latin American arpilleras from Chile whose work show, expose and denounce events that have dramatically shaped the lives of women as a result of political and social violence. The exhibition is complemented by workshops and guided tours:
1. "How to Make a Memory Piece," Free intergeneration textile craft workshop with Irene McWilliam, 10.00am - 4.00pm, Saturday 19 May 2012, Donegal County Museum.
2. "How to make an Arpillera Person" Free intergenerational textile craft workshop with Deborah Stockdale,1.30pm - 4.00pm
Saturday 9th June 2012, Donegal County Museum.
3. Guided tours by curator Roberta Bacic, 11.30am - 4.00pm, Tuesday 19th June, incorporating two short films "Common Threads" (story telling through textiles) and "Killarney girls" (Zimbabwean women making an arpillera and their life context) both 2011/2012 productions.
4. For group bookings contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Tel.: 074 9124613; E.: museum@donegalcoco.ie
Commissioned by: Donegal County Museum
Date(s): 12th April 2012 - 30th June 2012
Venue: Donegal County Museum
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: Donegal County Museum
Outcome: This exhibition profiled these unusual quilts by Irene MacWilliam and prompted discussion on how stories and events are recorded. Positioning them alongside Chilean arpilleras allowed participants to experience two very different techniques and traditions, both of which give voice to people and events that may otherwise be lost.

Documents: • Exhibition invitation - April 2012 - view
• Exhibition workshop invite - May 2012 - view