2015 Exhibition at the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter
To mark this election year and to celebrate Wales’ strong textile traditions, The Welsh Quilt Centre is putting on a joyous exhibition of historic Welsh Quilts with guest textile artists from the Principality. It will run from 7th March through 31st October this year at the Welsh Quilt Centre’s galleries in the Old Town Hall, Lampeter in West Wales.
The Welsh Quilt Centre’s Courtroom Gallery has a soaring ceiling under which historic Welsh Quilts from Jen Jones’ collection will be flying in the company of the work of artists Eirian and Denys Short.
The quilts will include many from Jen Jones’ prodigious and internationally known collection that have never been on display before.
Born in Fishguard, Eirian Short studied embroidery at Goldsmith’s College then went on to produce a remarkable body of work. While she is well-known for her pivotal role in creating the panoramic “Last Invasion” tapestry in Pembrokeshire, her output is much more versatile. In this exhibition she will be showing some of her extraordinary embroideries that leap out of their frames in a brilliant mix of pottery, animals and flowers.
Her husband Denys Short has been in love with quilts since he photographed them for Eirian’s first book in 1967. His paintings have a ‘quilt-like’ quality and well complement both the historic Welsh quilts in this exhibition and the work of Eirian.
The Welsh Quilt Centre’s No2 Gallery is more intimate but lofty too; the perfect setting for Cefyn Burgess’ evocative textile images of chapels and their contents that are fast disappearing from our world. Born and raised in Bethesda, North Wales, Cefyn graduated from the Royal College of Art then dedicated his life to designing and weaving textiles that are imaginative, innovative but deeply immersed in Welsh textile traditions.
This collaborative feast of quilts, embroideries, painting and textiles brings together some of the most colourful historic Welsh quilts with the work of renowned textile artists from modern-day Wales. Visitors to the Welsh Quilt Centre’s 2015 exhibition will be able to enjoy a display that is both sumptuous, vivid, exquisite and varied, and deeply rooted in Wales’ textile heritage.
The Welsh Quilt Centre: www.welshquilts.com/about
Jen Jones’ historic Welsh Quilts: www.welshquilts.com/exhibitions
Contact Sarah Jane, The Welsh Quilt Centre
phone: 01570 480112