A community engagement project to create a quilt representing City of Moreland resident’s cultural diversity, whilst recording the history of participants.
Facilitated by Tamara Russell
The Moreland Quilt was a 12 month community engagement project working with local business, artists, churches, community groups, neighborhood houses, schools and age-care facilities. The project enabled Tamara Russell in partnership with Moreland Residents and Creative + Makers to create the Moreland Quilts. The project created five large textile ‘Quilts’ representing Moreland resident’s cultural diversity. Sessions were held enabling participants to share their local history, stories and anecdotes.
The project worked to:
- improve social interaction, foster cross generational and cross cultural friendships;
- reduce the social isolation experienced by age care residents and others;
- enable skill sharing and information exchange whilst providing a safe, friendly place to meet thus acting as an important link in the community;
- foster ongoing interaction by linking Moreland residents, businesses, community groups and education facilities;
- implement new arts based community projects leading to ongoing connections with participants;
- enable me to develop and share my textile art practice and create 5 large textile artworks; and
- create an artwork depicting Moreland’s past and present for future residents to enjoy with the finished Quilt/s being given to Moreland Neighbourhood houses
The project met all these anticipated benefits along with creating ongoing conversations with both participating organisations and individuals.
Sessions for the Moreland Quilt were designed to enable participants to gain skills, meet new friends and develop ongoing social and artistic networks. Sessions enabled community knowledge and personal histories to be gathered by ensuring all sessions were inclusive, friendly, safe and welcoming. Sessions were designed to ensure mutual respect for the needs, aspirations and opinions of all within the community. They took place with participants sitting around a large table creating their pieces enabling conversation to easily flow.
Sessions were held as part of the Sydney Road Street party at Siteworks, in local neighbourhood houses, schools, age care facilities, community centres, churches and studios. The project held 44 sessions over a 6 month period. Project participation included those who created pieces for the Moreland Quilt (579) along with those who attended sessions and participated in conversations (61). The project also received a number of pieces created by participants at home (8). Making a total of 648 active participants.
The Moreland Quilt’s on show
The five Moreland Quilt’s have been given to the following organisations and are now on permanent display at:
- Glenroy Library
- Brunswick Neighbourhood House
- Sussex Neighbourhood House
- Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House
- Newlands Community House
The Moreland Quilt Exhibition ran from 28 July – 18 August at the Coburg Arts Space, Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
We have created 5 quilts with so many fantastic contributions. The final quilts along with the pictures, stories and anecdotes gathered throughout the project were displayed. Councillor Sue Bolton opened the exhibition.
A special thank you to Vicki Beighton for all her assistance through many of the sessions and in helping to put together the final quilts.
See our social media for images of the Moreland Quilts