Thursday, 23 March 2023

Event Details

'A Quilt for the world', by Workshop

'A Quilt for the world', by Workshop "Art of Survival", Women in One World. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Exhibition:A Quilt for the World by Women of One World
Description: This quilt was designed and created by a group of women from 35 countries, spanning all continents, who met at a conference "The Art of Survival" in Nuremberg/Germany in 1995. This quilt, which they created: "to present to all women in this one world our many views, experiences and concerns", was first exhibited at the 4th UN Women's World Conference in Beijing, 1995.

It is rich with symbolism, the symbol of hands reflecting solidarity, friendship and caring. Among the other symbols is the volcano, whose eruption and power stands for the explosion of women's ideas and struggles for their rights. The sun symbolises its life giving power. The cross is where some women have placed their burdens.

This exhibition was part of a continuous series of arpillera and quilt exhibitions hosted by the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry and curated by Roberta Bacic, from 2008 to 2013. Each exhibition, comprised of a piece or pieces created by community groups from different parts of the island, other countries, or individual women, was displayed for a number of weeks before being replaced with a new exhibition.
Commissioned by: Verbal Arts Centre, and curator
Date(s): 1st July 2008 - 29th August 2008
Venue: Verbal Arts Centre, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6PU, Northern Ireland
Curator: Roberta Bacic
Facilitator: Verbal Arts Centre staff
Outcome: This Quilt helped link the local and the global and gave a sense of the solidarity, caring, friendship, power and challenges that impact on women globally as they assert their struggle for recognition of their rights.

Documents: • Exhibition notice - July 2008 - view

Textiles Displayed:A Quilt for the World