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03/12/2014

News Release - Issued by The Quilters’ Guild of The British Isles

Quilt Museum and Gallery to Close its Doors in October, 2015

The Quilters’ Guild has today announced that the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York is to close at the end of October, 2015. The Quilt Museum and Gallery has been working very hard to achieve challenging targets for income from visitors and business ventures but, sadly, these targets have not been achievable.

The Quilters’ Guild has provided financial support to The Quilt Museum through its own reserves and fundraising activities but these funds cannot provide the Quilt Museum and Gallery with a sustainable future in the long term.

Guild President, Vivien Finch said “The decision to close the Quilt Museum and Gallery is profoundly disappointing, but we can take comfort in the knowledge that since it opened we have welcomed over 75,000 people to over 50 exhibitions and introduced many visitors to the joy of quilts and quilting. In addition, we have taught sewing skills to over 8,000 children and adults.”

“The number of paying visitors has ranged between 10,000 and 12,500 per year and we now know that this is a considerable achievement for a small “niche” museum, commented Museum Manager, Fiona Diaper.

The Quilt Museum and Gallery will remain open until 31 October, 2015, and visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibitions planned for 2015 including a major exhibition with Kaffe Fassett entitled Ancestral Gifts, showing new quilts created by Kaffe in response to quilts in The Quilters’ Guild Collection.

The Quilters’ Guild will continue to care for its Collection of historic and contemporary quilts and are concentrating their efforts on finding a location where the public can gain access to quilts by pre-organised visits. They are also exploring a wide range of opportunities for items from the Collection to be exhibited in other locations.

Notes to Editors

The Quilters’ Guild of The British Isles

The Quilters’ Guild is a national, voluntary organisation for people involved in patchwork and quilting with eighteen regions, thousands of members and over 350 affiliated groups. Visit www.quiltersguild.org.uk for more information.

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.

Exhibition Programme at the Quilt Museum and Gallery, 2015

All Shapes and Sizes
24th January to 9th May 2015, Great Hall
Celebrating the design and draughtsmanship skills of quilters through the ages. In addition, Quilt Historian and Teacher Celia Eddy will be leading two practical workshops entitled ‘Patchwork and the Spirit of Geometry’.

Voices from The Inside
24th January to 9th May 2015, Bailey Gallery
A guest exhibition of quilts hand-stitched by prisoners trained by Fine Cell Work.

Kaffe Fassett’s Ancestral Gifts
15 May –5 September 2015
Ancestral Gifts will include 15 heritage quilts alongside 15 new quilts designed by Kaffe Fassett. A series of workshops will be held and a specially commissioned book is being published to mark this event.

For more information or images, please contact Jane Rae – 07786266896 or email jane@cinnamonpublishing.com

Information contained in this press release was correct at the time of issue.

The Quilters’ Guild of The British Isles
St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green
York, England YO1 7PW
Tel: 01904 613 242
Email: admin@quiltersguild.org.uk