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NGV – Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950 – Exhibition & Tour
August 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm$21
Patchworkers and Quilters has arranged two special dates for members to visit this important exhibition. These dates include a special guided tour on the history of the quilts. We have reserved a Wednesday and a Saturday date. The Wednesday tour begins at 10:30am and the Saturday at 11am.
Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950 is the first major exhibition of its kind to bring together the rich works that constitute Australia’s quilt heritage. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition includes more than eighty works from around the country. Key works such as The Rajah Quilt and examples by renowned makers Mary Jane Hannaford, Marianne Gibson and Amelia Brown are shown alongside a number of recently discovered pieces not exhibited before. They include quilts, coverlets, garments and quilted, patched and pieced works made in Australia or with a significant Australian provenance. The exhibition also features key 19th century English quilts that were brought or sent to Australia, informing and influencing the early quilting practices of local makers.
With works drawn from public and private collections throughout Australia, visitors to this unprecedented exhibition have a rare opportunity to experience the aesthetic impact, technical skill and powerful storytelling capacity of this fascinating art form. The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm each day.