200 Years: Slavery Now (exhibition)

 

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool (Dates) 2007

International Museum of Slavery, Liverpool, 2017

Needs an intro. sentence about the exhibition as a whole

Welsh’s constructed textile pieces incorporated hand dyed and machine embroidered figurative embroidery, to convey the plight and vulnerability of contemporary trafficked children. She stated in 2007:

 

 "as the UK commemorates the bicentenary of Britain's abolition of the slave trade, today, thousands of women, men and children are in slavery in the UK as a result of being trafficked into a range of forced labour including forced prostitution, domestic servitude, agricultural work and food processing.

My work asks the question ‘Why are some lives more important than others?’ and addresses the ways in which the legacy and contemporary manifestations of slavery can be discussed as social and political issues within textile practice"

Welsh’s textile pieces were re-workings of found garments, investing them with embroidered narratives illustrative of the exploitation of child labour in the third world. There was a focus on text and narrative, comparing historical anti-slavery documents with contemporary campaigning charity websites. These pieces extended her exploration of the use of rejected garments, re-cycling and revisiting the potential for memory encased within a second-hand article.

 

In 2017, one of Welsh’s pieces, By a Lady, was acquired by the International Museum of Slavery for their permanent collection.

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