Threads, War & Conflict

“Threads, War and Conflict” was an exhibition of textiles from the Conflict Textiles collection and an associated events programme that took place in St Andrews in April 2019. The project was realised by Dr Lydia Cole (Team Leader), Dr Faye Donnelly, Dr Laura Mills and Dr Natasha Saunders.

From 3– 29 April 2019, selected textiles were displayed at The Byre Theatre in St Andrews which spoke to key themes addressed within the University of St Andrews’ School of International Relations. The exhibition aimed to explore war, conflict and its many layers of hope and suffering. To achieve this, the pieces were curated around the themes of resistance, drone warfare, migration and displacement, memory, and familial loss. The exhibition was launched by University Principal Professor Sally Mapstone at the Byre followed by a guided tour with curator, Roberta Bacic. Students, staff, members of the public, and representatives of Scottish cultural institutions attended the exhibition and its associated events programme. Complementing the exhibition, this programme included textile workshops, a creative evening, and academic discussions. These events explored the intersections of textile art, politics, and violence and were actively linked to teaching activities at the University of St Andrews and beyond.

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