Programme 2023

Threads Of Survival – 999 Call for the NHS

There is a long tradition of quilts and tapestries documenting social and political history. Threads of Survival followed that tradition. An exhibition of quilts made during the lockdown period by groups and individuals across the country reflecting on life during the pandemic and the role of the NHS.

Following in the tradition of the Arperillas from Chile in the 1960s and the emotional AIDS quilt that emerged in the 80’s, Threads of Survival weaved personal experience, family stories with social and political comment about this moment of history we have and are still going through. Over 100 people were involved with quilts coming from Somerset, Yorkshire, County Durham, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Shropshire and London.