Time Travel through Quilts at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Bishops Court quilt, 190-1700 / Unknown Maker / V&A Images

The one event we have been looking forward to all year is the Quilts 1700-2010 exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.  The Victoria and Albert Museum is a fashion haven on any given day and we can often be found wondering the halls looking for inspiration. And when they decide to put on a show they never fail to amaze us with their phenomenal access to works of art. The Quilts exhibition just proves our theory. When we think of quilts we think of one of two things immediately: 1. Fragile old women sitting around a table sewing for hours on end and 2. Miss Tracey Emin trying to make a bold statement that sometimes seems a little too risque for the quilting world. Those are two very opposite ends of the spectrum, we know. The exhibition covers a time span of over 300 years and your visit will feel like an actual walk through time as you see shapes and subjects change as the quilts pass you by.

To Meet My Past, 2002 / Tracey Emin / The Saatchi Gallery, London

At the End of the Day, 2007, Natasha Kerr, V&A Images

Right to Life, 1998, Grayson Perry, The Artist/Victoria Miro Gallery

Liberty Jack, 2008, Janey Forgan, V&A Images

Quilts 1700-2010 is on display from 20 March 2010 and runs until 4 July 2010. Tickets cost £10 (concessions are available). Advance bookings are available by phone, 0844 209 1770 or online. Please don’t let this exhibition end before you have seen it. It is a fabulous history of our country and the way in which people have recorded time. The pieces are just staggeringly beautiful.


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