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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | November 18, 2019

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"Quilts 1700-1945" at GOMA

Matilda Butler


Have you ever taken the time to study the details on the old quilt your great grandmother made 70 years ago? The Gallery of Modern Art has taken a particular interest in the art, culture and history of quilt making and will be exhibiting some work from June 15 to September 22.

Explore over 200 years of British quiltmaking. Every stitch tells a story.

You may question the significance of some dirty old quilts, most likely used by every sibling in a household over 100 years ago. The truth is, these quilts are a reflection of what everyday life was like for women in England over the past 200 years. Every patch and stitch pieces together an individual woman’s priorities, loves, hopes and dreams. Not only is it an artistic interpretation of someone’s life, it is primary evidence of a piece of history told through the skilful hands of its maker.

‘Quilts 1700–1945’ comes from one of the world’s most important and loved collections of textiles and decorative arts — the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This exhibition offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to see over 50 quilted and/or patchworked bed covers, bed hangings and sewing accessories, created over two-and-a-half centuries.

The exhibition will showcase over two centuries of hand crafted quilts, designed uniquely for the home or for exchange. Coinciding with London’s Albert and Victoria Museum’s quilt exhibition, GOMA presents over 30 quilts dated from 1690 to 1945. In addition to this, The Raja Quilt 1841, will be the main attraction of the event, as it was created by convict women on their journey to Van Dieman’s Land.

Explore the historical and social context behind the quilts on display with a 30-40 minute volunteer guided tour. Daily at 11.00am, 11.15am, 1.00pm and 1.15pm. Free with exhibition ticket.

For more information, or to buy your tickets, please click here.