A visit to The Welsh Quilt Centre’s new 2016 Exhibition at the Town Hall, Lampeter will certainly be Unforgettable. Historic Welsh Quilts and Costume from the collections of Ron Simpson, Jen Jones, and the Ceredigion Museum will take centre stage in the dramatic Courtroom Gallery. The exhibition features feature strikingly bold 19th Century Welsh Flannel Patchworks and the quintessential Welsh Hat.
Opening on Saturday 5th March, the exhibition will run until the 5th of November.
There is a recognisable signature to the Welsh quilting tradition that makes quilts from this part of the world unique. By setting the quilts amongst a backdrop of Welsh hats and costumes, the exhibition strikingly demonstrates how a working tradition can become beautiful works of art when created by exceptionally skilled workers. The quilts on show represent some of the very best ever made in the Welsh tradition. Many of them have never been seen before. For all these reasons, they will surprise and delight visitors!
Unforgettable at The Welsh Quilt Centre will be a diverse showcase of quilts, embroideries, paintings and textiles from well-known contemporary artists displayed alongside the precious textile heritage of Wales
The exhibition has been designed by Gwenllian Ashley.
Canadian, Ron Simpson began collecting antique quilts whilst working in the theatres of both Canada and New York, and was responsible for the inception and initial success of what is now the Quilt Association in Llanidloes, Mid Wales.
Jen Jones is the renowned Welsh Quilt expert, collector and founder of The Welsh Quilt Centre. She counts the quilts on display from her collection amongst the very finest there are.
Gwenllian Ashley has designed a highly original concept for this year’s exhibition that utilises the talents of renowned artist Julia Griffiths-Jones and the profound knowledge of Michael Freeman, former curator of the Ceredigion Museum.
The Ceredigion Museum have provided some of the costumes we have used for the exhibition, which can be seen in their original condition and as deconstructed costumes and hats.
Unforgettable is dedicated to Roger Clive-Powell, the highly celebrated Conservation Architect who rescued the Town Hall and turned it into The Welsh Quilt Centre. Roger sadly died in the autumn of 2015.