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Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Assorted Fabric Pieces

  • 1991
The Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt, of which this multi-panel quilt forms a part, is an evocative record of those who were lost to HIV, many of them in their 20s and 30s. The visual diversity of the panels is marked, capturing as they do the character and individuality of the person who died. In the 1980s and 1990s, at the onset of AIDS and in the following decade, societal attitudes were often homophobic. The Quilt records memories of those vibrant young people who faced their death in times …

Summary

Object No.

2011/109/97

Object Statement

Patchwork pieces for Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt (64), in memory of those cared for by the 'Community Support Network, NSW Inc', cotton / felt / paint / synthetic metallic textile, various makers and places of manufacture, Australia, c.1991.

Physical Description

Collection of pieces of fabric of various sizes, each with a name attached or painted. Most pieces are separate, with a few joined in groups of two or five. These 64 names remembered are as follows: Barry Anderson / David Arnerich / Pierre Auhayaun / Nelson Bell / Kerry Burchard / Thomas Cardona or Caroona) (?) / Ken de la Coeur / Keith Cook / Michael Cooling / John Delia / Dennis Dwyer / Robert Erwin / John Eylward / Gonzalez Felipe / Aloo Della Franchesca / Don Gibbs / Terry Giblett / Barry Barring Gould / Peter Groth /Arthur H / Michael Hanson / Rodney Hardwick / Keith Hay / Paul Hurst / Paul Hutchinson / John Khouny / Kenneth Kirk / Bruce Lennox / Brad Levido / John Love / Ray Lynam / Ken Mallon / Neville Mann / Barry McGrath / Brian Morris / Philip Nilon (?) / Drew Powel (?) / Walter Radicci / Peter Riley / Andrew Robertson / Christopher Roy(a)les? / Emmanuel Schembri / Dennis Scott / Wesley Smart / Sam Strati / Alan Stretton / Oliver Sublette / Paul Subotin / Maise T / Stephen Tattersall / Richard Timmins / Jean Tyler / Robert Wallace / Stephen Wallace / Alan War(r)en? / John Whittaker / Mark Wilkinson / Jim Winslett / Simon Woolridge / Steven Worthington / Michael Wynn / Alex Zatychne / Akvlia Zavisiate / Bruce / Hector?.

There are also six white panels, screen printed in black, with the words "Community Support Network NSW INC" below their large logo.

Marks

No marks.

Production

Notes

These memorial pieces were made by members of the Community Support Network NSW Inc in Sydney, NSW, Inc about 1991. There are several quilts made by and for Community Support Network NSW Inc, Australia.

The Community Support Network NSW Inc is a network of about 1800 trained volunteers, established in 1984, who support people at home with HIV & AIDS in collaboration with the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON), providing practical assistance to help people with HIV & AIDS live as independently as possible in their own homes. This quilt is one of several made by and for Community Support Network NSW Inc, Australia.

In the documentation, 'panel' refers to a single memorial piece; several panels stitched together form one 'quilt', many individual quilts make up the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt.

This quilt was made by various people in Australia in about 1990.

Typically very personalized, individual quilt panels were created by the loved ones of someone who died of AIDS-related causes. Each panel is roughly the size of a human grave; the panels were given to the Australian Quilt Project, where they were grouped with other similar panels to form a quilt. Quilts like this were often the only opportunity people had to remember and celebrate their loved ones' lives.

History

Notes

Persons remembered by these fabric pieces include Barry Anderson / David Arnerich / Pierre Auhayaun / Nelson Bell / Kerry Burchard / Thomas Cardona or Caroona) (?) / Ken de la Coeur / Keith Cook / Michael Cooling / John Delia / Dennis Dwyer / Robert Erwin / John Eylward / Gonzalez Felipe / Aloo Della Franchesca / Don Gibbs / Terry Gilblett / Barry Barring Gould / Peter Groth /Arthur H / Michael Hanson / Rodney Hardwick / Keith Hay / Paul Hurst / Paul Hutchinson / John Khouny / Kenneth Kirk / Bruce Lennox / Brad Levido / John Love / Ray Lynam / Ken Mallon / Neville Mann / Barry McGrath / Brian Morris / Philip Nilon (?) / Drew Powel (?) / Walter Radicci / Peter Riley / Andrew Robertson / Christopher Roy(a)les? / Emmanuel Schembri / Dennis Scott / Wesley Smart / Sam Strati / Alan Stretton / Oliver Sublette / Paul Subotin / Maise T / Stephen Tattersall / Richard Timmins / Jean Tyler / Robert Wallace / Stephen Wallace / Alan War(r)en? / John Whittaker / Mark Wilkinson / Jim Winslett / Simon Woolridge / Steven Worthington / Michael Wynn / Alex Zatychne / Akvlia Zavisiate / Bruce / Hector?.

A Memoriam tribute for Dennis Scott features in the Sydney Star Observer between 1984-1993

The Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Project was founded in September 1988 by Andrew Carter OAM and Richard Johnson in Sydney. It was formally launched on World AIDS Day, 1 December 1988 by Ms Ita Buttrose. The founding 35 memorial panels were displayed that day in Sydney with visiting panels from the American Names Project.

Australian traveller Andrew Carter saw the American Quilt during its 1988 US National Tour, and upon his return home he was inspired to found the Australian Quilt with Richard Johnson. Andrew Carter was later awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of this work. The Australian Quilt remains the largest outside the USA. Local groups of the Quilt now exist in States and Territories across Australia.

In 2007 the Quilt Project Sydney, which became the custodian of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt in 2000 offered the Quilt to the Powerhouse Museum for acquisition into the collection. A lengthy collaborative process ensued, in order to ensure that both the families of those commemorated and the makers of the quilts were in agreement with this proposal. At the same time, photography and documentation of the quilts, together with purpose-designed storage were carried out.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Quilt Project Sydney, 2011

Acquisition Date

1 December 2011

Cite this Object

Harvard

Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Assorted Fabric Pieces 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/411053>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/411053 |title=Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Assorted Fabric Pieces |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=17 October 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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