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Suffrage in Stitches


Fri 24 Jan 2020, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 25 Jan 2020, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 26 Jan 2020, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 27 Jan 2020, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Museums Wellington

It is hard to know where to start to describe the feeling when you step into the exhibition. Everyone has a different response based on their own whānau (family) history, own creative experiences, feelings of women’s rights and whether they have a personal connection to the amazing project in 2019 that created this exhibition across Aotearoa (New Zealand) and abroad.

Walking in you are presented with 546 individually designed textile art panels. No artwork is like another. The passion, creativity and power of a New Zealanders is evident.

Once you have immersed yourself in the exhibition and start to read about the people who these artworks represent, the history unfolds with stories of descendants or significant people in New Zealand.

The panels represent people who signed the Suffrage Petition in 1893. This petition contained about 24,000 signatures of people with over 546 pages from across New Zealand. It is a significant part of New Zealand’s history and represents how the power of ordinary people can make an enormous difference.

New Zealanders are proud of the Suffrage movement and how the people of New Zealand successfully petitioned the government to give women the right to vote, the first country to do so. The pride is evident in the Suffrage in Stitches exhibition and it is an exhibition that speaks to many, providing opportunities to enjoy textile artworks while also starting conversations with your own whānau (family) history.

For those who missed being part of the original workshops by Vinnies Re Sew, don’t despair – there are more creative workshops and fun events to participate in during the exhibition period.

We collective thanks St Vincent de Paul and Vinnies Re Sew for partnering with Wellington Museum to bring this moving exhibition to our thousands of visitors over summer.

Visit the Suffrage in Stitches website.
Free or Koha (donation).

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