Ruth Stoneley: A Stitch in Time

To complement Quilts 1700–1945, the Gallery presents Ruth Stoneley: A Stitch in Time – an exhibition of contemporary quilts by the late leading Brisbane quilt-maker Ruth Stoneley (1940–2007).

Stoneley was an inspirational figure, not only in terms of the expressive, innovative works she made, but as an active member of the Brisbane quilting community — connecting with other makers through Patchwork Supplies, her Highgate Hill shop, and through her teaching of many local practitioners. While Stoneley came to quilting later in life, only committing herself to her practice full-time from 1982, she quickly made up for lost time, making prolifically and exhibiting widely in Australia and overseas.

This exhibition will showcase exemplars of Stoneley’s practice, showing her transition from early experimentations with the contained patterns of traditional quilts to the free-flowing, abstract and expressive works she made in later years, reflecting her feelings, emotions and ideas, about herself and about the people around her.

Programs and events

In conversation
2.30pm Thursday 18 July, Lecture Theatre, QAG
Join the artist’s son Adam Stoneley in conversation with Bree Richards, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Australian Art, QAGOMA, for personal insights into the life and work of Ruth Stoneley | Free, no bookings required.

Quilts and conservation
3.30pm Thursday 18 July, Gallery 14, QAG
Join freelance textile conservator Dr Michael Marendy for an informative talk on storing and hanging quilts in a domestic setting | Free, no bookings required.

Image Credit
Ruth Stoneley / Quilt 1981 / Purchased 1981 with the assistance of the Crafts Board of the Australia Council / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery


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