Tuesday, 23 July 2024

Textile Details

'The Bill of Rights', by Caw/Nelson Drive, Tullyalley Women's Centre & Galliagh Women's group. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'The Bill of Rights', by Caw/Nelson Drive, Tullyalley Women's Centre & Galliagh Women's group. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:The Bill of Rights
Maker: Caw/Nelson Drive, Tullyalley Women's Centre & Galliagh Women's group
Country of Origin: Northern Ireland
Year Produced: 2010
Size (cm): 1.52m (w) x 1.77m (l)
Materials: Machine and hand sewn pieces of fabric mounted onto a fabric backing and border
Type of Textile: Quilt

This piece was completed for the Women Building Bridges art exhibition and programme celebrating International Women's day in Derry/Londonderry, 2010. In this quilt, women demand equality and progress on several issues. Stark messages such as "No to all violence", "Education no boundaries", "Rights of the child to be safe" and "Equality", complement equally strong symbols.

The women from the three groups, the majority of them new to textile work, discussed during a residential which issues to depict in their quilt. On their return, they visited each other's centres to continue the work. This, according to Rosemary Doherty of the Galliagh Women's group, was a very valuable part of the process: "For some women this was their first time in each other's centres ...it opened us up to other cultures and led to great friendships." This quilt is now on permanent display in the office of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, having been presented to Monica Mc Williams in 2011, in her role of Chief Commissioner.

This quilt is also documented in Accounts of the Conflict a digital archive of personal accounts of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland, located at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), Ulster University. A total of 10 textiles from the Conflict Textiles collection are included in “Accounts of the Conflict”.

Owner: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
Location: Conflict Textiles store
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh

Textile exhibited at: The Bill of Rights, 8/03/2010 - 27/03/2010
Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles-phase 1, 5/09/2012 - 29/09/2012

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