Celebrating the rich legacy of craftswomen who make art through quilting and textiles, and inspired by the life and work of the late artist and Quilt Art founder member Mary Fogg, Material Evidence explores the themes of memory and the power of stitch through the works of 18 acclaimed international artists. 

The first group of its kind in Europe, Quilt Art was founded in 1985 to develop the quilt as an artistic medium and promote its recognition as an art form. Its 18 members hail from all over the world and are all leading practitioners who exhibit nationally and internationally. While all the artists take as their starting point the quilt as a cultural artefact with its unique aesthetic qualities, they are extremely diverse in their interpretation and their work does not necessarily conform to the traditional definition of a quilt.

Some experiment with paint, dye and print, unusual materials or three dimensions. Some work at the cutting edge of technology, using digitally programmed embroidery or photographic techniques. Others confine themselves to fabric and thread, but they are all united by their passion for cloth, stitch, colour and texture as well as the limitless creative possibilities of the textile surface.

Quilt Art has exhibited extensively across the UK and the world over the last 30 years and this is their first London exhibition since 2002. The show is accompanied by a limited edition publication featuring all the quilts and will be touring internationally until 2022, with exhibitions already confirmed in the Netherlands, Hungary and Germany.

Menier Gallery, 51-53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU from 18th – 29th June. Times: Mon – Sat 11am – 6pm. Admission: Free.