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Stitching for Solidarity Exhibition

July 1 @ 9:30 am - September 27 @ 5:30 pm



Stitching for Solidarity is a thought-provoking exhibition that highlights the poignant narratives woven into the fabric of resistance. In
collaboration with Conflict Textiles, we are delighted to present 16 arpilleras from 1976, ’77, and ’78, acquired in Chile by a member of the
Chile Solidarity Committee of Berlin. These arpilleras, expertly mounted on Irish linen, are exhibited together for the first time, marking a historic occasion. Additionally, this collaboration marks the inaugural merging of Chilean hessian and Irish linen by Conflict Textiles, adding a unique dimension to the exhibition.

Arpilleras are powerful expressions of resistance, crafted collaboratively by women to protest against human rights abuses and repression. Conflict Textiles amplifies these narratives of resilience amidst conflict, aiming to foster dialogue, understanding, and healing. Through its dedication to showcasing the power of textiles as a medium of expression, Conflict Textiles stands as a beacon of hope and solidarity, promoting positive change through the threads of creativity and storytelling.


1 July – 27th September | Vertical Gallery | FREE

About the Arpilleras

Arpilleras (pronounced ‘ar-pee-air-ahs’) are three-dimensional appliquéd tapestries originating in Chile. These unique and powerful creations have deep historical significance and are rooted in the socio-political landscape of Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship (1973–1990). Crafted by women, often working collaboratively, arpilleras transcended their artistic form to become poignant expressions of resistance. Serving as a medium for denouncing human rights abuses and the repression endured during this tumultuous period, arpilleras stand as both works of art and crucial testimonials to the resilience and courage of those who sought to amplify their voices.

The art of making arpilleras subsequently spread to womens’ groups in different parts of the world, including the UK and Ireland, giving women the opportunity to tell stories about political conflict, anti-war protests, repression, resistance, survival, denial, death, disappearances, displacement, national histories, environmental concerns, indigenous land struggles and the transition to democracy in textile form.

About Conflict Textiles

Established in 2008, Conflict Textiles embodies a profound mission, envisioning textiles as potent vessels that capture the complex narratives of human resilience amidst conflict. With a commitment to preserving these tangible testaments, the organisation aspires to curate a comprehensive and globally accessible digital archive. Their vision extends beyond preservation, aiming to cultivate a platform that nurtures dialogue, understanding, and healing on a global scale. At its core, Conflict Textiles seeks to be a unifying force, engaging with diverse narratives of conflict, art, and social justice. Grounded in collaboration and dedicated to amplifying marginalised voices, the organisation’s ethos revolves around empathy and a resolute commitment to showcasing the power of textiles as a medium of expression. Through this, Conflict Textiles endeavours to deepen the understanding of the complexities surrounding conflict, fostering empathy and solidarity. The organisation’s identity is embedded into its dedication to highlighting the human experience, promoting healing, and inspiring positive change through the profound threads of creativity and storytelling.


July 1 @ 9:30 am
September 27 @ 5:30 pm
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Linen Hall
+44 (0)28 9032 1707
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Linen Hall
17 Donegall Square N
Belfast, BT1 5GB
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028 9032 1707
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