The Linen Memorial

Memorial of those who died as a result of The Troubles in Northern Ireland

New Venue 2016: Derry Public Library, Northern Ireland

February 10th to 21st 2016

Pending: Alberta, Canada (March to May ) and then onto China, August.

Free and Open to the public.
You are welcome to pin mementoes to the display boards near a Loved One.
Also, you may request a special time to hear the randomised Names List Recording.
This takes about 80 minutes to hear ALL the names -- in a layered overlap -- by 6 Irish Diaspora speakers is pre-recorded.
Please contact the library directly regarding viewing times.
Address: 35 Foyle St, Londonderry BT48 6AL
Phone:+44 28 7122 9990??
Hours: 9AM-5:30PM 6 days. Sunday closed.
Thursday open late to 8pm
February 10th to 21st 2016
PREVIOUS VENUES: January 15th to February 1st 2016

Omagh Public Library, Northern Ireland

1 Spillars Place, Irishtown Rd,
Omagh BT78 1HL

Day of Reflection - Monday 22nd June 2015

By invitation only, on a first come basis as there are a limited amount of tickets

The Long Gallery

There will be a free tour of the building after the event.

Bus Trip to Stormont

A free 50-seater bus, including lunch. It leaves from Newry fire Station in Edward Street.

Please follow the code of conduct whilst visiting

Map of parliament buildings

The Ulster or Irish Troubles Linen Memorial is an ongoing site conscious memorial installation which seeks to re narrate the 3,721 deaths which took place during the fraught period in contemporary Northern Ireland, called 'the troubles'; the artist chose to commemorate those who died during the dates of years 1966 - 2006.

"The dead, far from being gone, remain as a powerful part of the community. How we think about the dead, and the stories we tell about the relationship between the dead and the living, are central to imagining new forms of community and/ or narratives of nationhood."
Please refer to theorist Benedict Anderson on 'imagined community' (Anderson 1983: 15)
Benedict Anderson
Homi K. Bhabha

An intimate, yet public, monument to those killed, The Linen Memorial is created on white, linen squares or handkerchiefs, with the names printed and overstitched with embroidery (2004 - 9), and also, with the first names sewn with strands of hair (started 2010).

This troubles memorial is a hybrid memorial grounded equally in contemporary sculpture and funerary textiles. There are specifics to the historical context of the material culture of linen and the socio-political landscape of Northern Ireland.

There are new theoretical positionings (since the mid-1990s) of art theory in relation to sculpture and commemorative textiles, colonial / postcolonial literature (from the British Empire) and its intersection with textiles metaphors, theoretical notions of the public and the private, and the greater visibility of the migrant artist, together with the increased conflation of High/Low, Art/Craft arts practice into an elastic hybridity.

From 2001 - 2005 this Irish or Ulster Memorial to those killed in The Troubles has been developing as a potent artwork memorial for honouring all victims equally. The names are listed chronologically in an effort to pick, unpick and rethread a sense of the fragile, recuperative grassroots work that can be involved in communities emerging from conflict into renewed peace in Northern Ireland.

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If you are interested, you'll be able to find plenty of information about the Linen Memorial at the Linen Memorial Community website.