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Quilting Acts: Piecing Together Activism, Identities & Emotions’

This event takes place on 25th May 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm and will take place at Ovada Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency. It is being organised by Oxford Brookes.

‘Quilting Acts: Piecing Together Activism, Identities & Emotions’It will be held on Friday, 25 May 2018, between 10 am and 3pm at Ovada Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency, in Oxford, a unique semi-industrial building and will be open to a public audience.

‘We aim to explore quilting as a form of activism by setting it in its historical, social, and gendered context. Speakers will piece together the ways in which this craft gives the powerless a voice to seek justice, to publicise injustice, and memorialise victims, as well as construct their own identities. As well as investigating craftivism through time and place, quilters and quilts will be analysed through an emotions framework to trace the ways in which feelings drive the creation of parts which, assembled as a whole, form powerful emotional objects whose legacy is to contain and stir emotions in those who see and handle them.’
‘Two quilts will be exhibited as a focus for the day’s talks: 
LB’s Justice Quilt : A memorial to Connor Sparrowhawk, a quilt made from hundreds of pieces of cloth contributed by children and adults in the UK and around seven other countries who wanted to support Connor’s family in their fight to find out the truth about what had happened to him.

The Women's Quilt, a project that aims to raise awareness of domestic violence against women. It is made up of 598 patches, each dedicated to one of the women who were killed by their current or former partners in England and Wales between 2009 and 2015.’