Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey Online Exhibition

Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey Online Exhibition

9 January – 31 July

As our galleries are closed we have set up an online exhibition of Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles' Journey for you to enjoy. Scroll down to view the exhibition, each arpillera can be enlarged by clicking the arrows and to find out more about each arpillerra just click the pink name button on the left.

We also have some great activities for the exhibition at the bottom of page below the exhibition to try at home so just click the Associated Activity button to explore!

“Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles' journey” invites you to explore human rights through the tactile medium of textiles. Quilts and arpilleras from around the world, created in different decades will prompt you to reflect on the impact of, and response to, human rights violations and how can we embed a culture of human rights.

Conflict Textiles and Councils Museum Services have partnered on a number of exhibitions since 2010, with War-Torn Children, 2018 being the most recent collaboration. Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre is delighted to also partner on this newest exhibition.

Many thanks to exhibition curator Roberta Bacic and Breege Doherty of Conflict Textiles for helping us set up this online exhibition. You can access Conflict Textile's entire collection of arpilleras online on their beautifully curated website: Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey (https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/conflicttextiles/search-quilts2/fullevent1/?id=207)

If you missed the exhibition launch you can check it out online by clicking the button below.

'POSAR FIL A L'AGULLA / Hands On: An arpillera made out of commitment', by Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc arpilleristas group. (Photo: Roser Corbera)

Hands On

'Vida en Nuestra Población / Life in Our Poor Neighbourhood', Taller Recoleta. (Photo: Colin Peck)

Life in Our Poor Neighbourhood

'Peace Quilt - Common Loss', by Irene MacWilliam. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Peace Quilt - Common Loss

'Landmines', by Heidi Drahota. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


'Ônde estão nossos direitos? / Where are our rights?', by Women of the Movement of People Affected by Dams. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Where are our rights?

'Marcha de las mujeres de los mineros / March of the miners’ wives, daughters and sisters', by TL, Mujeres Creativas workshop. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

March of the miners

'Ausencias - Presencias 2 / Absences – Presences 2', by Ana Zlatkes. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Absences - Presences 2

'Nos hacen falta / We miss them', by Rosa Borrás. (Photo: Rosa Borrás)

We miss them

'Reflections on violence', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Colin Peck)

Reflections on violence

'Irene, Marta, Hilda, Patricia: Ahora y Siempre Presentes / Irene, Marta, Hilda, Patricia: Now and Always Present', Students from Escuela de Cerámica. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Now and Always Present

'La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Dancing Cueca Alone

'2016 Starvation in Zimbabwe', by Lakheli Nyanthi. (Photo: Ukuthula Trust)

Starvation in Zimbabwe

'Libertad a los presos politicos / Freedom for the political prisoners', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Freedom for the political prisoners

'Retorno/Return', by Mujeres tejiendo sueños y sabores de paz, Mampuján . (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


'Legacy of Tyrants/ El legado de los tiranos', by Lisa Raye Garlock. (Photo: Lisa Raye Garlock)

Legacy of Tyrants

'Cimarrón / Runaway slave', by Mujeres tejiendo sueños y sabores de paz. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Runaway Slave

'Mi Guernica / My Gernika' by Edurne Mestraitua. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

My Gernika

'LA BODA DE MI HIJA / My daughter’s wedding', by Fàtima Mansouri. (Photo: Ricard Díez)

My Daughters Wedding

'Escuelita de Otavalo / Otavalo Primary School', Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)

Otavalo Primary School

'They Fell like Stars from the Sky / Cayeron del cielo como estrellas', Deborah Stockdale. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

They Fell like Stars from the Sky

'Represión a los Mapuche / Repression of the Mapuche',by Pamela Luque. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Repression of the Mapuche

'No tenemos acceso a los servicios públicos / We have no access to public services' Anonymous. (Photo: Colin Peck)

We have no access to public services

'Paro de los estudiantes' chilenos 2 / Chilean students' strike 2', by Pamela Luque. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

Chilean students' strike 2

'En el lado “bueno” de la valla 2/ On the “Good" Side of the Fence 2, by Antonia Amador. (Photo: Roser Corbera)

On the “Good" Side of the Fence 2

'No más contaminación/ No more pollution', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

No more pollution

Como Alitas de chincol / Like Wings of Little Birds

Below we have a film by Vivienne Barry, 9.11 minutes, based on the arpilleras. It is in Spanish with English sub-titles and animates the arpilleras and gives us a chance to reflect on the human rights violations that are depicted in the arpilleras.

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