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The Festival of Quilts announces shortlist for the inaugural Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award

By Mark Hayhurst 15 Jul 2019

Shortlisted entries for the inaugural Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award have been announced by the organisers of The Festival of Quilts.

The new award is an international juried exhibition, open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium and has attracted 150 entries in its first year. It takes the Festival’s previous Fine Art Quilt Masters competition in an exciting new direction, celebrating art quilts but lifting the restrictions associated with the word ‘quilt’ (three layers of fabric pierced with stitch). Final pieces must transcend the craft or making process, standing alone as visual art. All disciplines, processes and media are eligible as long as the key, pivotal materials and media are textiles.

Judges for the 2019 competition are acclaimed textile experts, educators and artists Diana Harrison, Jan Beaney, Jean Littlejohn, June Hill, Alice Kettle and Lesley Millar.

Shortlisted artists and work are:

Alice Fox (UK), Apple Vessels 1-5

Amans Eliane (France), A toi, Lettres secrètes

Angie Parker (UK), Displacement

Ann Giddard (UK), On The Brink

Anna Black (UK), Movement

Anne Forgan (UK), The Boy & The Girl

Caren Garfen (UK), Mad Hatters Tea Party

Caroline Bartlett (UK), Imprint II

Christine Chester (UK), Fading ii

Claire Benn (UK), Alto

Debbie Carrington (Australia), The Legend of the Willow Pattern

Karina Thompson (UK), Recovery Quilt III: Out of the dirt

Kendall Clarke (UK), Graptolite Scroll

Lindsay Taylor (UK), Beauty And The Beast

Liz Hewitt (UK), Protection

Lucie Summers (UK), Blue Mesh

Margo Selby (UK), 13,7 & 13,8

Marilyn Rathbone (UK), Self-Avoiding Walk

Neil Bottle (UK), All That Remains

Rosie James (UK), The Art Queue, Melbourne

Sarah Herbert (UK), Haiku

Shelley Sinclair (UK), I think I can almost see you

Shelly Goldsmith (UK), Listening carefully for the internal bell

Susan Sami (UK), Up in Smoke

Susie Koren (UK), Catenary Boat

Suzette Smart (UK), Draw my world in words

Tara Kennedy (UK), Becoming

The judging panel were impressed by the standard of entries and were unanimous on the shortlist. “Broadening the criteria from quilt only has shown a more diverse use of textile, which we hope will grow year on year. We very much hope that the final juried selection has been made to deliver an exhibition that will recognise and celebrate textiles’ rightful place amongst fine art,” they said.

The shortlisted entries will be exhibited in a dedicated gallery at The Festival of Quilts which takes place from August 1-4 at the NEC Birmingham. £5,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winner of The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony on Thursday August 1. The winning entry will also feature in the Textile Galleries at The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate this autumn.

The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event and attracts 25,000 visitors who come along to enjoy 800 hung competition quilts, spectacular galleries by internationally-acclaimed textile artists and groups, an extensive programme of workshops, talks, lectures and demonstrations, social events and shopping.

Highlights for 2019 include galleries from Michael James and India Flint, The Creative Textiles Studio, The Japanese Pavilion, a brand new Innovation Station and The Quilters’ Guild 40th Birthday Party.

Advance tickets for The Festival of Quilts 2019 are £16.50 (VIP tickets £42.00, concessions £15.00) with a wide selection of options available from www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk or by calling 0844 858 6749. A £1.95 fulfilment fee applies per transaction.

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