Work goes on display in new ‘Troubles and Beyond Gallery’ at the Ulster Museum

Hotel Bombed, Cushendall, Bernadette Walsh
Bernadette Walsh’s arpillera which captures a bombing at a hotel in Cushendall (image courtesy of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council).
In Times of Trouble, Imelda Purcell
Imelda Purcell’s arpillera ‘In Times of Troubles’ (image courtesy of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council).

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Museum Services are delighted to announce that the work of two local people forms part of the new Troubles and Beyond Gallery at the Ulster Museum.

Imelda Purcell from Focus on Family in Ballysally in Coleraine and Bernadette Walsh from Glenmona Resource Centre in Cushendall, produced textile artworks called arpilleras as part of Council’s PEACE III ‘Stitching and Unstitching the Troubles’ project.

The arpilleras, which tell the story of their experiences during the Troubles, were produced in workshops facilitated by Deborah Stockdale from Conflict Textiles with Council’s Museum Services.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Brenda Chivers, said: “Congratulations to Imelda and Bernadette on their inclusion in this new exhibition in the Ulster Museum, which examines our past with a range of objects reflecting diverse perspectives and experiences.”

Conflict Textiles curator Roberta Bacic said: “Our collaboration with The Troubles and Beyond exhibition is innovative as textiles are seldom recognised or included in political contexts. Their inclusion in the National Museums of Northern Ireland gives our arpilleras a new public space and a stronger voice.”

Until the end of March Imelda and Bernadette’s arpilleras will provide visitors with an opportunity to consider perspectives from the Causeway area within a context of other experiences across Northern Ireland.

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Cultural Fusions: Stitching and Unstitching the Troubles, was a project supported by the PEACEIII Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the North East PEACEIII Partnership.

Full details of all works produced can be found at :

Arpilleras are three dimension textiles, usually stitched by women living in or on the margins of conflict. They embody the stories that people around the world choose to share about their experience of conflict.

Conflict Textiles including all its exhibitions along with its international archive of arpilleras, quilts, wall hangings etc, can be found on

Many of the objects in Troubles and Beyond Gallery were contributed directly by the public as part of a major collecting initiative – ‘Collecting the Troubles and Beyond’ – supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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