Toward Abstraction

National Exhibition Register

  • Neuralgia
    Kim Simpson Neuralgia, 2018
    Machine pieced, hand and machine quilted
    173cm wide x 143cm tall

About the exhibition

In the same way modern art signalled a shift away from realism and narrative toward abstraction, modern quilting represents a move away from the rules, aesthetics, patterns and fabrics of traditional quilting – instead favouring self-expression and a willingness to experiment. W

ith current restrictions on travel and opportunities to exhibit internationally limited, Toward Abstraction gives the participating artists a chance to have their work shown locally this year and aims to contribute to the concept of modern quilts as art. While the exhibition was born from the constraints of a global pandemic, it is often through limitations or boundaries that our creativity is liberated.

The quilts on show embody aspects that are typical of the genre including improvisation, use of negative space, asymmetry, bold use of colour and exaggerated scale, executed with a fearlessness that epitomises an Australian approach. As a group, the participating artists have works held in public and private collections as well as having taught, exhibited, published and won awards internationally.

Artists and Curator

Tara Glastonbury

Sandra Dorse, Tara Glastonbury (curator), Caroline Hadley, Kate Henderson, Di Jobbins, Ann Richardson, Kim Simpson, Tania Tanti, Jeanne Treleaven, Lorena Uriarte, Diana Vandeyar and Jess Wheelahan

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/06/2021 - 31/12/2022
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Contact to discuss
Accompanying materials available
Installation Support Available, Invitations or Invitation Template
Other materials
We are able to provide any graphic artwork required along with press release, high res images etc
Primary contact
Tara Glastonbury