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Virtual tour of Conflict Textiles exhibition to take place during Good Relations Week

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As part of Good Relations Week 2020, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme is delighted to invite you to an innovative virtual tour of the “Conflict, Peace: Our Journey, Our Future exhibition.

Created in collaboration with Conflict Textiles Collection curators, Roberta Bacic and Breege Doherty, the exhibition and virtual tour invites you to explore the journey from conflict through the fragility of peace to the need to work collectively for a better tomorrow.

The virtual tour and discussion will take place on International Day of Peace, Monday 21st September 2020 at 11am via Zoom, and is open to all.

Through the tactile medium of textiles such as quilts and brightly coloured patchwork known as arpilleras created in different decades both locally and around the world, you will be inspired to reflect on the path towards a sustainable peace, and what collective actions we can all take to secure our shared future.

Encouraging people to participate, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding said: “This exhibition of key conflict textiles, locally and globally resonates strongly with the Good Relations Week 2020 theme of Celebrating Our Journey; Embracing Our Future and International Day of Peace.

“It is vital that we take this opportunity to reflect on our journey from conflict to peace, and equally it is important to pause and recognise those individuals and community organisations who have worked tirelessly to build and sustain peace both on our shores and in other parts of the world.”

Roberta Bacic said: “The textiles have multiple layers of stories and experiences to relate. They draw us in with their bright colours and cute little figures and then, on second glance, we see the oppression, the atrocities, the struggles, the solidarity and the journeys that they document and commemorate.”

Highlighting that the tactile nature of the textiles makes them very accessible, Breege Doherty explains: “As we reflect on the time and care the arpilleristas expended in documenting their experiences with needle, thread and recycled fabric, it invites us to ponder on the care and time, often unacknowledged, that women have invested in working for peace.”

The exhibition will run from September 14th to October 31st 2020 and can be accessed by visiting Conflict Textiles online at the CAIN Conflict Archive https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/conflicttextiles/events/.
If you would like to attend the virtual tour on September 21st 2020 please email [email protected]

A further event will take place on October 2nd to mark International Day of Non Violence. Contact Bebhinn McKinley for more information.

The exhibition and associated events are financially supported by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and The Executive Office through the Together: Building a United Community, District Councils Good Relations Programme.

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