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Historic Quilts on Display at Queensland Art Gallery

An exhibition of historic British quilts has opened at the Queensland Art Gallery, featuring more than 35 hand-crafted textiles created from 1690 to 1945.

The exhibition ‘Quilts 1700–1945’, from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) will be on display exclusively until 22 September.

The exhibition includes associated material such as pin cushions, needlework tools and sewing baskets.

“The works in ‘Quilts’ come primarily from the esteemed collection of the V&A, the world’s leading decorative arts and design museum,” said Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines.  “Select pieces have travelled from British regional museums and private collections, and there is the special addition of the much-admired Rajah quilt 1841, sewn by convict women during transportation to Van Diemen’s Land, on loan from the National Gallery of Australia.”

Mr Saines said public programs throughout the duration of the exhibition would bring the fascinating histories of quiltmaking to life for visitors.

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