The Australian Quilt

Jan Irvine-Nealie
Exhibition Dates:21 October - 26 November

While there always seems to be a divide between art and craft, the status of quiltmaking has risen in the past 30 or so years to be a regular star in the gallery scene. From the early 1980s, many quiltmakers began pushing the boundaries with techniques and materials, sometimes horrifying the traditionalists. Australian quiltmakers set their work apart from others by their use of colour and symbolism. Modern quilt artists often reject the traditional design elements of pattern and repeat formats and many of these works represent issues of the environment, multicultural themes and social debates.

This exhibition features a number of quilts from the Colours of Australia collection, owned by Quilt NSW, and quilts made by Manning Valley quilt artists. 

Thanks to Quilt NSW for their assistance and support with this exhibition.

**Please note, due to Council Picnic Day, the exhibition will not open until the evening event on Friday 20 October at 6pm.

image: Jan Irvine-Nealie  Cloth Covers Clay