There has been a lot of interested in the Oxford launch . We have been asked to advise to you to register, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exhibition-and-panel-discussion-the-palestinian-history-tapestry-tickets-51517483179
The London launch will also require registration and we will post the link as soon as we have it.
Look forward to seeing you at either or both launches.
Thank you for visiting our blog. We are pleased to say, and hope that it has not inconvenienced you, that we are in the process of creating a website to be launched in November.
Dear Friends and Supporters.
This is a very short update with information I am sure you will be pleased to know. We are delighted to say that, with your very generous help, phase one of the Project is as complete as we can make it. There will be two launches of the Tapestry with at least 80 completed panels.
The first launch will be on the evening of Friday November 30 at St Antony’s College Oxford, the second will be in London at the P21 Gallery near Euston Station, on the evening of Tuesday December 11. We are hoping that you will be able to come one or both events, and see what you have helped to accomplish.
Our aim with the launch is not only to show the magnificent Palestinian embroidery, but to mark the 70 years of the failure to implement the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 which was adopted on December 11, 1948. It defined principles for reaching a final settlement and for returning Palestine refugees to their homes. It resolved that:
“refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage
to property which, under principles of international law or equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”
More substantial information about the launches and the new website link will be sent in due course.
We are hoping to complete much of the stitching by June 2018. At the moment we have 56 embroidered works and 20 pieces currently being stitched by embroiderers in Gaza, Lebanon, the Naqab, Jordan, and Ramallah. The Coordinators in these areas are pulling out all stops to get the work finished in time. In preparation for the next phase, we have had printed, A Proposal for a Book, and are actively looking for possible publishers.
The cover of ‘A Proposal for a Book’ shows an embroidered copy of the ‘Tree of Life’ mosaic, which can be seen in the archaeological site of Hishams Palace in Jericho, discovered in 1873. This embroidery is part of the Tapestry’s Early Islamic Period 638-1099 CE, and was stitched by Basma in Ein el Helweh refugee camp Lebanon
Our aim, is in 2018, to have published an account with images, of the making of the History of Palestine Tapestry. This will mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, [the Catastrophe], when in 1948 thousands of Palestinians were forced to leave their homes, villages, and towns in Palestine, and live in refugee camps.
If you are in the vicinity, St Anthony College Oxford 5pm Friday 9th February will be hosting a talk by Avi Shlaim and a film by Karl Sabbagh featuring one or two of the tapestry panels. See you there!!
Saturday 18th November we were invited to an Eastern dinner by the Norwich branch of the PSC [Palestinian Solidarity Campaign]. The food and people were wonderful. We gave a good account of the Project with a PowerPoint presentation and the sale of many embroidered items. We made new friends and the possibility of an exhibition at the University of East Anglia in 2018.