Quilt Art at 25 The West GallerySat 23 Oct – Sat 27 Nov
Preview: Sat 23 Oct, 6 – 8pm All Welcome
This year, Quilt Art celebrates its 25th anniversary with an exhibition and book ‘QuiltArt at 25′. The first organisation of its kind in Europe, Quilt Art was founded in Britainin 1985 by a small group of professional textile artists who wanted to develop thequilt as an artistic medium and promote its recognition as an art form. Despite thegrowing popularity of patchwork and quilting, quilts displayed on gallery walls werestill a novelty. The Quilters’ Guild recognised the need for a separate platform forartists whose work was non-traditional, experimental and sometimes challenging.Eight founder members were selected and after a short period operating under theumbrella of The Guild, Quilt Art became independent and self-supporting.
Today, there are manyexhibiting quilt groups butQuilt Art remains distinctivebecause of its selectionprocedure, which ensureshigh professional andartistic standards, and itsinternational membership.More than half the twentymembers come fromoutside the UK – fromGermany, Holland, Belgium,France, Denmark, Ireland,Hungary and the UnitedStates. Of the eight foundermembers only one, IngeHueber from Germany, isstill a member. Herinvolvement and support forthe group have been keyfactors in attracting otherEuropean members overthe years.
Quilt Art has held regular touring exhibitions in Britain and across Europe, includingthe Barbican Art Gallery in London, the Textilsammlung Max Berk in Heidelberg, theStedelijk Museum in Roermond and the KunstCentret, Silkeborg in Denmark. Thegroup has also exhibited in Japan and Canada and a tour of the United States beganthis summer.
As individuals, members have their work in numerous national and internationalcollections, such as the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Victoria andAlbert Museum in London, the Renwick Museum in Washington and the InternationalQuilt Study Center in Nebraska. They have won major awards, such as the Quilt2000 series at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, and first prize at the EuropeanQuilt Triennial. Members have had their work juried into Quilt National in the UnitedStates and many other prestigious exhibitions.
As well as ‘Quilt Art at 25’, the group mounted a smaller exhibition ‘A Slice of QuiltArt’, featuring works constructed in a long, narrow and sometimes three-dimensionalformat. This was first seen at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham from 19-22 Augustand travels to Europe this autumn.
For further information please visit the Quilt Art website: www.quiltart.euImage by: Karina Thompson ‘After Summer’
Quilt Art at 25 runs from: Sat 23 Oct – Sat 27 Nov
The West Gallery, Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of WightPO30 5BD