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Elisabeth Chapman / Coverlet commemorating Wellington (detail) c.1829 / Cotton / Collection: Victoria and Albert Museum, London / © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
8 APRIL 2013

The intriguing social histories and personal stories behind 200 years of British quilts will be uncovered in an exhibition from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), on display at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) in Brisbane from June 15 to September 22, 2013.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Acting Deputy Director of Curatorial and Collection Development Maud Page said tickets were now on sale for ‘Quilts 1700­–1945’, an exhibition of more than 30 extraordinary quilts, plus a range of associated material, dating from 1690 to the end of the Second World War.

‘Drawn primarily from the collection of the V&A and including select pieces from British regional museums and private collections, the exhibition showcases some of the finest surviving examples of British bed covers, wall hangings and textiles dating from the eighteenth century onwards,’ Ms Page said.

‘A highlight of the exhibition will be The Rajah quilt 1841, sewn by convict women during transportation to Van Diemen’s Land one of the world’s most important and admired textiles, on loan from the National Gallery of Australia.’

Ms Page said the exhibition would reveal quilts as multi-layered, complex objects rich with historical and cultural meaning, as it explored four thematic areas: The Domestic Landscape; Private Thoughts, Public Debates; Virtue and Virtuosity; Memories and Emotions.

‘We are delighted to partner once again with the V&A after the hugely successful ‘Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones’ in 2010, and continue the Gallery’s program of design-focused exhibitions which has also included ‘Valentino, Retrospective: Past, Present, Future’ (2010), ‘Easton Pearson’ (2009) and ‘Place Makers: Contemporary Queensland Architects’ (2008).’

The exhibition has been curated for QAG by Sue Prichard, Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the V&A, following the successful exhibition ‘Quilts 1700–2010: Hidden Histories. Untold Stories’, which was presented in 2010 at the V&A, the world’s leading decorative arts and design museum.

An extensive range of public programs will accompany the exhibition, including tours, in-focus floor talks, illustrated lectures and special events with quilters, designers, artists and fashion industry professionals.

‘Quilts 1700–1945’ is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The exhibition is supported by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s Chairman’s Circle of companies as Major Sponsor, and Brisbane Marketing as Tourism Partner.

To complement 'Quilts 1700–1945', the Gallery will present an exhibition of contemporary quilts by celebrated Brisbane quilt-maker, the late Ruth Stoneley (1940–2007), in the Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery from July 13 to October 7.

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