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Same Sex Marriage Quilt

Same Sex Marriage Quilt

Artist Oliver Bliss has led a community quilt project which celebrates the 396 Members of Parliament (MPs) that voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

7 February 2015 — 27 February 2015

Time 10:00 - 17:00

Duration 7 hours

Cost In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Artist Oliver Bliss has led a community quilt project which celebrates the 396 Members of Parliament (MPs) that voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.  He has been working with a range of venues and groups to get the public involved in the project.  These include People’s History Museum, LGBT Youth North West, Museum of Liverpool, FACT, LGBT History Festival, Homotopia and Unity Theatre.

The quilt will be on display at the People’s History Museum during February for LGBT History Month.  Oliver worked with different groups to get the public to decorate hand drawn portraits of the MPs that voted in support of the Act.  The portraits have been collected together to form a political map of the UK and all the MPs’ constituencies.  There were also 254 MPs that did not vote for the bill, for those gaps in the map people were asked to write messages of hope towards a more equal and tolerant future.

The project was made possible through successfully competing against 12 finalists for one of three mircoresidencies with People’s History Museum.  The project continued being supported through Homotopia’s artist development scheme Queercore.  During Homtopia’s 2014 Festival, Unity Theatre and Museum of Liverpool hosted sessions for the public to decorate the hand drawn images.  You can see more information about the project including a short video produced by Homotopia (scroll to 10 November).  The project engaged with community groups until all 396 contributions were decorated.

The completed quilt has now been constructed and will be shown for the first time at People’s History Museum as a part of the first national LGBT History Festival.

Family Friendly display, suitable for all ages