20 March - 4 July 2010. Promoting a resurgence in textile artwork, this exhibition presents 65 quilts which illustrate 300 years of British quilt-making.
Often perceived as a hobby for 'ladies of leisure', the show tells the story of the Rajah Quilt, stitched by female convicts aboard the HMS Rajah en route to Van Dieman's Land in 1841.
Indeed the quilts on display tell many stories, and alongside the antique lies the modern, with work by contemporary artists Grayson Perry and Jennifer Vickers. But perhaps Tracey Emin lends the most kudos to the artform, with her exhibit 'To Meet My Past', an extravagant bed to which she has applied her unique vision.
Daily: 10.00-17.45. Fri: 10.00-22.00
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Quilts: 1700 - 2010
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL. Tel. 020 7942 2000, www.vam.ac.uk