New exhibition aims to inspire dialogue on the Troubles

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COLERAINE Town Hall will be hosting an exhibition titled ‘Stitching and Unstitching the Troubles’ from next Wednesday, September 5 to Saturday, September 29.

The Peace III exhibition will display around forty quilts and arpilleras from seven different countries to inspire dialogue on the Troubles in the North East area of Northern Ireland.

Arpilleras are three dimensional textiles, which originated in Chile. They have now been created by women across the world to share their reactions to experiences of conflict.

Running alongside the exhibition are events and workshops which will explore responses to the troubles in this area and create new textile art works.

As part of the “Remembering the Troubles” programme of activities for communities and individuals, the Stitching and Unstitching The Troubles exhibition, curated by Roberta Bacic, assisted by Breege Doherty, will display quilts and arpilleras from Northern Ireland, England, Ireland, Spain, Colombia, Chile and Peru.

It is hoped that the opportunity to consider the international experiences of conflict as shared through this extraordinary collection of textiles will inspire similar narratives of The Troubles being revealed across the North East.

A programme of events and workshops will give community groups and individuals the chance to explore and share their stories and create new textile art which will be showcased in a second exhibition being held in The Braid in Ballymena next year.

Causeway Museum Service and Mid-Antrim Museums Service are delighted that Roberta Bacic and Breege Doherty have been able to work with them on this project, Roberta has curated exhibitions all over the world and will be on hand to give a guided tour of the exhibition between 11am and 4pm on September 10 and 24 from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. Visitors will have a chance to take part in a hands-on textile activity.

On Saturday, September 15 there will be an opportunity to meet with Irene MacWilliam, whose work includes ‘Year Quilts’ which have catalogued world events each year since 1986.

On the same day community group leaders, teachers, quilters, sewing groups, peace and reconciliation organisations and anyone interested in textiles as an artistic expression are invited to take part in an Arpillera workshop exploring issues and fabrics with celebrated textile artist, Deborah Stockdale.

All events are free, but booking is essential and places may be limited. Free transport for groups can be arranged. Contact John Hamilton on 028 7034 7235 or e-mail john.hamilton@colerainebc.gov.uk.

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 4pm.

* The exhibition is part of the North East PEACE III Cultural Fusions heritage based project, which is being delivered by Causeway Museum Service and Mid-Antrim Museums Service. The project is funded under the European Union’s PEACE III Programme and is managed on behalf of the Special EU Programmes Body by the North East PEACE III Partnership.