York quilt museum to close

The Quilters’ Guild have announced that the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York will close on 31st October 2015.

The Quilt Museum and Gallery

Is Britain’s first museum dedicated to quilt making and textile arts but trustees have stated that it has proved financially unsustainable and since opening in June 2008 has been heavily subsidised through donations and from subsidy from The Quilters’ Guild.

The donated funds are now exhausted and in spite of efforts to increase visitor figures and to raise

Patchwork quilt, late 19th Century

Patchwork quilt, late 19th Century

significant funds from commercial activities they have not been able to find a dependable, long-term way of supporting the Museum and Gallery.

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.”

Looking forward

The Quilters’ Guild will continue to support the Quilt Museum and Gallery exhibition programme in 2015 from its reserves and maintain its of historic and contemporary quilts.

They 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 and online.

2015 exhibition

Following winter closure for annual maintenance 14 December 2014–23 January 2015 (inclusive) the Quilt Museum and Gallery will re-open for it’s final season with an exciting programme of exhibitions in 2015.

This will begin on the 24 January with ‘All Shapes and Sizes’ exploring geometry in quilting and ‘Voices from the Inside’ a guest exhibition from prisoners taught by Fine Cell Work.

A summer show ‘Ancestral Gifts’ opens on the 15 May and is a unique exhibition guest curated by Kaffe Fassett.  Kaffe has chosen 15 quilts from our quilt collection and has produced 15 new works in response to them. This will be the first and only UK venue for this exhibition.

To find out more, visit the Quilters’ Guild website

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