‘Of chaos and bits and pieces’ Ruth Stoneley’s memory quilt

Since the 1970s, quilting and other traditional art forms have regained popularity in Australia. Complementing the ‘Quilts 1700–1945’ exhibition, the Gallery presents ‘Ruth Stoneley: A Stitch in Time’, a selection of textile works by this Queensland artist. Annette Brown writes on Stoneley’s exquisite memory quilt. For visual arts practitioners of the late twentieth and early…

Popular Prints and Patchwork in 18th – 19th century Britain

In his political sonnet England in 1819 the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) described King George III (1738-1820) as “an old, mad, blind, despised and dying king”. Working some 20 years prior the unknown maker of the patchwork Coverlet with King George III Reviewing the Troops 1803-05, held a very different, although no…

Celebrating 15 years of children’s exhibitions

On Friday 26 July, the Gallery’s Children’s Art Centre marks 15 years of presenting exhibitions for children and families with our current exhibition ‘Gordon Hookey: Kangaroo Crew’. Here are some of the highlights of what has become an extensive and important part of the Gallery’s programming. It is extraordinary to consider that more than two…

Take a walk through historic British textiles 1700-1945

Following the opening weekend of events and the first bustling weeks of ‘Quilts 1700-1945’, I feel like it’s a good time to sit down with a cup of milky English breakfast tea and describe how this extraordinary exhibition of historic British textiles has come together over the past few weeks. In the lead up to…

Death and Life

Death and Life: rakuny ga walnga focuses on the universal regenerative cycle of death, engendering new life. Included are more than 70 bark paintings, memorial poles, sculptures and weavings by 34 artists from Arnhem Land in northern Australia. The works reflect the languages, moieties, clan affiliations and connections of the artists with their country: from…

More than just the sum of their parts

Sue Prichard, Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (V&A), curated the V&A’s highly successful 2010 exhibition ‘Quilts: Hidden Histories, Untold Stories 1700–2010’ and is the curator of the Gallery’s ‘Quilts 1700–1945’. She was in conversation with Sally Foster, Assistant Curator International Art (pre 1975) QAGOMA. Sally Foster | Sue, can…