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Cardiff Met to host Mothers of Africa quilt project exhibition


​An exhibition featuring quilts created by staff and students at Cardiff Metropolitan University has been launched by the university's School of Art and Design.

The 'Hopes for the Future' exhibition has been created in support of Cardiff-based charity Mothers of Africa, who provide training for frontline medical staff caring for African women and their babies during pregnancy and childbirth.

Maggie Cullinane, Technical Demonstrator at the Cardiff School of Art & Design, initially started the project as a one-off fundraising event, two years ago.

After making and exhibiting the first quilt she then decided to turn it into a permanent project open to all.

The project involved the creation of fabric squares by individuals or groups, which were then sewn together into quilts by Maggie. The quilts will be exhibited at the university before being sent out to Zambia to be distributed in the communities where Mothers of Africa work.

The quilts featured in the exhibition include work by students from Cardiff Met, their parents, schoolchildren, artists and children from Zambia and other volunteers.

Once the exhibition has finished, Maggie will personally take the quilts to Zambia where they will go on display at Chongwe District Hospital and at the Education Centre in Shiyala.

She will also be taking sewing machines, donated by CSAD and Janome Sewing Machines, in order to set up sewing facilities at the education centre.

The project has raised a grand total of £2000 for Mothers of Africa so far, which will go towards helping mothers and communities in Zambia.

Speaking about the project Maggie said: "For me the project is about raising awareness of how much we take for granted, in terms of medical care in the UK, and how utterly fragile our whole lives become as soon as that care is removed.

"It's also about the fact that we can all help to change the situation for women in Africa who just aren't as lucky. Anyone can get involved in this project and together we can make such a difference, we just have to care enough to try."

The 'Hopes for the Future' exhibition is open to the public until Thursday the 27th of March, 10-4pm (weekdays only) at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Western Avenue, Llandaff.