Contemporary Quilt regularly offers challenges to members. These challenges lead to exhibitions. The CQ website has a challenge section which has been set up for Contemporary Quilt members to complete their CQ Challenge entries online. The website also includes photo galleries of past challenge entries. http://www.contemporaryquilt.org.uk/cq-challenges1.html
2021 Invitation to Exhibit - Uncharted
Members are invited to submit quilts for a new exhibition in 2022
2022 marks the 20th birthday of CQ. You are invited to make a quilt for the CQ gallery at the 2022 Festival of Quilts and other venues in a touring exhibition entitled
The size limit is 30cm maximum width, 150-200cm length, your choice.
The closing date is 31st October 2021
Due to the limited space at FOQ,
this will be a juried exhibition but we hope to exhibit as many
non-juried quilts as possible at various other venues during 2022 in
order to show the depth and breadth of CQ.
There will be a charge of £15 per entry to cover the costs of postage, transport of quilts to places of exhibition and production of a catalogue.
All quilts entered for the Uncharted exhibition are to be submitted by the closing date of 31st October 2021, with selection for FOQ and the Anne Tuck Prize during November 2021. You will be notified if your quilt has been chosen to hang at FOQ by early December 2021.
For further details and the rules go to http://www.contemporaryquilt.org.uk/2021-challenge.html
|The Fragmentation Challenge and The Digital Festival of Quilts |
The usual expectation and practice is that all Challenge exhibits are not exhibited physically elsewhere first. However in the light of the highly extraordinary "one-off" circumstances which COVID-19 presents, the CQ Committee has agreed that as an exception, entrants to the Fragmentation Challenge should be able to submit their entry to the Festival of Quilts digital show this year.
Whilst a full programme of exhibitions across the four countries of the UK was agreed for Fragmentation from August 2020, the ongoing COVID-19 situation means that QuiltFest in Llangollen in February 2021 has been cancelled. The West Country Quilt and Textile Show in Bristol at the end of August 2020 is not now going ahead. It is therefore possible that the first physical exhibition will not be until March 2021, at Kirkintilloch in Scotland.
In the light of the more limited opportunities for Fragmentation to be physically exhibited, the CQ Committee will also consider a digital exhibition of the Fragmentation Challenge quilts, and how this might differ from their normal display on the CQ website.
Maggie Pearson Exhibition Coordinator, Contemporary Quilt. Email: email@example.com
In a break from previous years, the 2020 challenge was NOT juried; all entries will be exhibited. The reasoning behind this decision was to try to attract new challenge entrants.
To see the entries go to the Contemporary Quilt website
2019 Edwin & Mary Bloomfield Coverlet
Members were invited to submit quilts for a new exhibition which was announced in the Spring 2018 Quilter to celebrate the Guild’s ruby anniversary and shown at Festival of Quilts 2019. This was a joint Specialist Group exhibition and based on responses to the Edwin & Mary Bloomfield Coverlet in the Guild’s heritage collection. For our CQ entries, the size was 18 x 24” (portrait).
Organisers of this challenge were Judy Fairless and Liz Howlett.
Entries can be seen on the Contemporary Quilt website.
On The Edge 2016
The challenge for 2016 was "On The Edge". Further details can be found on the CQ Challenge website. The challenge was exhibited at the National Needlework Archive in September/October 2016. It will be exhibited at the Great Northern Quilt Show, Harrogate 1st to 3rd September 2017
Pictured is "Shoreline" by Cheryl Kirby
The challenge for 2015 was Elements. Selected quilts were exhibited at the Festival of Quilts 2015. They are also due to be exhibited at Quilt Expo en Beaujolais in April 2016 and at the Bramble Patch during August 2016. Photos of the quilts selected can be found in the CQ Challenge website Elements Gallery
Quilt shown: Jane Varrall Cyprium
The theme for the exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in 2014 is 'Dislocation'. The quilts are 120 x 50 cm, either portrait or landscape format.
Photos of the quilts made for this exhibition can be found here: Dislocation Gallery
Dislocation quilt by Claire Lynch
The theme for the Exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in 2013 was 'Horizons'. The quilts are 50 x 150cm (w x h).
Quilt made by Chris Dixon
More photos of the quilts made for this exhibition can be found here: Horizons Gallery
2012 is the year that the Group celebrated its 10th birthday. We have come a long way in those ten years and now have over 600 members. To mark this occasion we held a special exhibition of quilts based on a black and white photograph of East Poole tin mine in Cornwall taken by professional photographer, Tony Howell. Why a tin mine? Because tin is the symbol of 10th anniversaries. We were granted a gallery space at the Festival of Quilts 2012 to hang the 23 quilts juried into the exhibition.
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CQ@10, the book
Contemporary Quilt's, CQ@10 book, celebrating ten years of quilting by the members is available here.
Detail from Balcony rail by Sandra Grusd
Pictorial Consequences 2011
An idea based on the children's game. Members were invited to create parts of real, imaginary, mystical or historical persons or creatures. These quilts were shown at the Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, in 2011, where they were mixed up to create the same kind of weird and nonsensical creations that result when playing the paper and pencil game.
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Guatamalan woman by Gillian Travis
Quilts had to be either 24" (60 cm) square or 36" (90 cm) square.
A book was published containing all these quilts.
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Hadron Collider by Kate Findlay
Thin Blue Line 2008
All quilts are 12" x 48" (30 cm x 120cm)
A blue line had to run horizontally across the quilt whether portrait or landscape
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Land of Two Halves by Jill Exell
Maximum size of all quilts is 50 cm x 100cm
To see more, please follow the link:http://www.contemporaryquilt.org.uk/fissures.html
Stones in a Fissure by Liz Evans