The Women’s Quilt – 27th & 28th April

Shop Front Theatre

Coventry textile artist, Julia O’Connell is delighted to bring The Women’s Quilt to the Shop Front Theatre, Coventry. This is a 2 day exhibition and includes a panel discussion on the Friday afternoon and a stitch session on the Saturday afternoon. This exhibition has been made possible with the kind support of Jess Pinson and Flo Swann. The exhibition is free to attend but we will be collecting donations to support Coventry Haven. Please come along. All welcome.


Friday 27 April – 12.30pm – 6.30pm Open to view.  (Panel discussion from 4.30pm with quilt founder Roxanne Ellis, Elaine Yates (Coventry Haven) and Louise Heywood (Geese Theatre Company).

Saturday 28 April – 10.00am – 3.30pm Open to view. (Drop in stitch session from 12 noon)

The exhibition is FREE to view – however attendance at the Panel discussion is ticketed as the Shop Front Theatre has limited capacity – please reserve your seat here:

Seat reservation – Panel Discussion – The Women’s Quilt

About the Women’s Quilt

The Women’s Quilt was made to commemorate the 598 women killed by their current/former partner between 2009 and 2015, according to the data from the Femicide Consensus (Women’s Aid, 2017). This quilt was founded by Roxanne Ellis who started off this project with a Facebook group. She added a few friends who added a few friends and it soon gained interested. It really was amazing to see men and women working together on this quilt and having patches sent in from all across the world! The Quilt has opened up many personal and important conversations which are now happening between the Quilters and its audiences.

It’s approximately 2 women a week that are killed by a former/current partner (Office of National Statistics, 2015). This is a horrific reality. These women could have been us, they are our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and colleagues. The Quilt is a reminder that each woman is not just a number but a name. Each patch was made with a lot of love and care to the attention of the woman’s personality. Quite often her own life is overlooked when the media reports her death and instead the media focuses on the murderer and their life. This is a massive travesty that essentially these women are written out of their own stories by the media and are often made a footnote in their own murder. This Quilt is as one of our volunteers said is “the most beautiful thing that shouldn’t exist”.

External links to The Women’s Quilt 





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The Women’s Quilt at the Festival of Quilts 2017.