to Exhibit Canada's Largest Textile Art Project
30, 2008 -- For Immediate Release
Williamstown ON - Quilt of Belonging, a national work of art made
by cultural groups from across Canada, will be on display at the
Canadian National Exhibition, Direct Energy Centre, from August
15 to September 1, 2008.
Quilt of Belonging is a 120-foot-long tapestry that is unique in
the extent of its inclusiveness. The rich, cultural legacies portrayed
in the 263 blocks include every nation of the world and all of Canada's
First Peoples, all part of the Canadian mosaic. Whether the cultural
group in Canada is a large one such as the Chinese or Italian, or
tiny, consisting of only one or two individuals like San Marino,
Vanuatu or Kiribati, all are included.
Quilt of Belonging began as the dream of Williamstown, Ontario
artist Esther Bryan, who wanted to symbolically show that there
is a place for everyone in the fabric of society. "Though culturally
diverse, we are linked by a common humanity from which to build
our future," said Ms Bryan. The project, which began in 1998,
took six and a half years and thousands of volunteer hours to complete.
People from Victoria to Newfoundland to the Arctic Circle participated
to make the dream a reality.
The Quilt has had 16 previous exhibits, including the Canadian
Museum of Civilization, Calgary's Glenbow Museum, Pier 21 in Halifax
and several sites in the high Arctic. Over 400,000 people have seen
the exhibit so far, bringing record attendances to many of the institutions.
Following the Canadian National Exhibition, the exhibit will be
the centerpiece for UNESCO's International Council on Monuments
and Sites conference in Quebec City. The Quilt will also be a feature
exhibit at Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Games. Quilt of Belonging has
established an impressive and rapidly growing record. Attendance
at the CNE alone is expected to surpass 1.3 million.
Quilt of Belonging is a registered non-profit organization led
by a volunteer board, whose members represent different areas of
expertise but together share a common vision. The Quilt of Belonging
website includes a history of the project as well as a list of board
members and corporate sponsors. Photographs are available upon request.
Esther Bryan, Artist / Project Coordinator Marcy Kuzemchak, CNE
Quilt of Belonging Canadian National Exhibition
Box 100 Press Building, Exhibition Place
Williamstown, Ontario K0C 2J0 Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3
Phone: 613 347-2381 Phone 416 263-3821
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