Quilts: Resurgence

The Granary Gallery  |  23 October – 6 February 2022

Image: Quilts: Resurgence at The Granary Gallery by Colin Davison.

Selected from The Quilters’ Guild Collection and co-curated by Pauline Burbidge.

The rich heritage of British and American quilts has been a huge inspiration and of great importance to the development and growth of the contemporary quilt, as we know it today.

Resurgence explores the revival of quilt making, taking inspiration from historic practice and showcasing the wealth of contemporary work that has developed over the last four decades as it moves beyond the usual conventions and boundaries of its traditional roots and emerges as an expressive, communicative art form

All the quilts have been selected from the collection of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and co-curated by internationally renowned quilt artist Pauline Burbidge. The exhibition includes contemporary quilts by Jo Budd, Cathy Corbishley-Michel, Diana Harrison, Sara Impey, Michele Walker, Laura Kemshall, Elizabeth Brimelow and Pauline Burbidge alongside a number of heritage quilts dating from the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Pauline’s own career is an experience of this exhibition theme in miniature – her career spans the same timeline and her techniques and inspiration are rooted in the traditional before evolving in style and unique personality as a recognisable artistic practise of her own. Given her history and experience in the quiltmaking world, there is no better person to co-curate an exhibition on this theme that combines the cutting edge contemporary with the origins at the heart of our quilting heritage.

12, Detail of Honesty Skyline by Pauline Burbidge. Photo Phil Dickson PSD Photography 2015