The Quilt: Exhibition of the original South Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt


SAMESH, November 2021

The AIDS Quilt is a memorial to people who have died from AIDS around the world, and is a form of both remembrance and activism.

It is the largest piece of community folk art in the world as of 2020.

Join SAMESH and the History Trust of South Australia in presenting the original South Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt on display for everyone to see the history of HIV/AIDS in South Australia. This collection of five quilt blocks and four individual panels forms a particularly important part of South Australian, Australian, and international history – and we are so excited to see them return home!
The exhibition is on NOW as part of Feast Festival, in partnership between SAMESH and the History Trust of South Australia.  It runs until World AIDS Day, December 1st.
Venue: Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide.
Dates and times:
Monday 9 November to Wednesday 18 November, and Monday 23 November to Tuesday 1 December
  • Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm
  • Thursday 12 November 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 15 November 12pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 26 November 10am – 8pm
Free Admission.


There will also be a special forum event on the evening of November 24th, at 6.30 PM. SAMESH and the History Trust of South Australia present “The History of the SA AIDS Quilt”, where our panel of community members and historians will share the stories behind each panel. Come and learn the why, the how, and the what next, when it comes to the Quilt.


Posters for the exhibition are available as PDF files for download, for publicity or as a memento

By J Pope

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