Contemporary Inspirations

  • Laura Kemshall
  • 2017-7-A Honesty Skyline 133 x 164 cm, by Pauline Burbidge, Photo, Phil Dickson, PSD Photography 2015 smaller

Contemporary Inspirations - 29th January to 2nd February, 10am- 4pm at The Quilters’ Guild, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York.

This new exhibition offers an exciting chance to view some of the contemporary works in the unique Quilters’ Guild collection.

The week-long show, Contemporary Inspirations, brings together many of our most recent acquisitions, including Pauline Burbidge’s “Honesty Skyline”. The exhibition explores how quilters have developed their practice over the last twenty years, combining high levels of craftsmanship with innovations in production and design. The quilts displayed reimagine traditional forms - from Inuit embroidery to the strippy quilts of Northern England.

Quilts continue to be an exciting, adaptable vehicle for artistic expression. Contemporary Inspirations takes a closer look at recent pieces, asking how textile art can respond to the challenges of the 21st century. Thought-provoking pieces respond to pressing issues such as homelessness and industrial farming, incorporating household waste and tyre treads alongside traditional silks and cottons.

This is one of the four exhibitions we will be running this year, with support from the new Friends of the Collection scheme. An annual friend membership costs £15 per annum (£10 for Quilters’ Guild Members) and gives you entry to all the exhibitions throughout the year, plus free entry for a friend for any two exhibitions in that year. To Join as a friend, please find more information here.

Individual exhibition admission is £3 per exhibition, booked in advance through the Eventbrite website ( pleasenote there is a small booking fee, making the exhibition cost £3.73). We’re also offering FREE entry for students on display of a valid student ID.

Images: Top: And Now the Weather by Laura Kemshall, 2008

Below: Honesty Skyline by Pauline Burbidge, 2015