Voices from The Inside
A guest exhibition of quilts hand-stitched by prisoners trained by Fine Cell Work
24th January to 9th May 2015, Bailey Gallery
Patches from the Sleep Quilt
Voices from The Inside is an exhibition of creative quilts hand-stitched by prisoners trained by Fine Cell Work and curated by volunteers Caroline Wilkinson and Linda LePard.
It gives a unique insight into the craftsmanship, hopes and daily reality of lives behind bars in British prisons. The exhibition is a tribute to what can be achieved in the austerity of prison.
“Voices from the Inside is a strong reminder to us of the power of stitch and its positive impact on our wellbeing. We are very pleased to be working with Fine Cell Work and to support such an inspiring charity that is changing peoples lives”, said Fiona Diaper, Museum Manager.
The exhibition features a fascinating collection of quilts including a touching Help for Heroes tribute to service personnel killed in action, a prestigious private commission for Stella McCartney, a memory quilt made from a husband’s silk tie collection and the remarkable Sleep Quilt fresh from the “Things We Do in Bed” exhibition curated by Tracy Chevalier.
About The Quilt Museum and Gallery
The Quilt Museum and Gallery is Britain’s first museum dedicated to quiltmaking and textile arts.
The Museum is managed by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, an educational charity founded in 1979. Their aim is to promote the crafts of patchwork, appliqué and quilting through changing exhibitions of historic and contemporary textiles. The Quilt Museum and Gallery is independently funded through admissions, grants and donations.
Since its formation in 1979, The Quilters’ Guild has built up a unique collection of antique and contemporary quilts from around the British Isles. The collection has grown due to both donations and acquisitions and now numbers over 800 items, from the earliest known dated British patchwork the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet to recent pieces by contemporary quilt makers.
As well as full size quilts and coverlets, the collection includes miniature pieces, quilted clothing, small domestic items templates, tools and quilting equipment.
The Museum closes during exhibition changeovers. Please check the website www.quiltmuseum.org.uk or phone 01904 613 242 to check on opening times.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Admission charges apply.
Information contained in this press release was correct at the time of issue.
Quilt Museum and Gallery
St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green
York, England YO1 7PW
Tel: 01904 613 242