High Street, Llanidloes, SY18 6BY
Telephone: 01686 413467
7th - 21st July Thursdays to Saturdays 10.30 - 16.30
Dathliad/ Celebration - a collection of work from the students at Llanidloes High School
26th July 10am - 4pm. Workshop: Layers and shadows with Deborah O'Hare. Cost is £40.
4th August - 8th September Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.30 - 16.30
The Quilt Association Summer Exhibition - antique quilts from our own collection plus contemporary
work by Bethan Ash, Deborah O'Hare and Cwilt Cymru.
16th and 17th August 10am - 4pm. 2 day workshop: Colouricious with Jamie Malden. Cost is £80.
21st August 10am - 4pm. Workshop: Multilayered reverse appliqué with Dot Russell. Cost is £40.
1st September 10am - 4pm. Workshop: Colourful fusion with Bethan Ash. Cost is £40.
The Minerva Arts Centre is the home of the Quilt Association and its collection of heritage quilts. The collection contains a large number of antique quilts made in Wales during the 19th and 20th Centuries, along with various associated items such as quilting templates and frames.
Our aim is, by making our collection available as a study source, we will act as a focus for quilting and other textile arts. Our Minerva Arts Centre has all the facilities required to hold workshops, lectures and courses, as well as being the perfect setting to show off our own superb collection of quilts and visiting textile displays.
It is difficult to categorise what is a 'typical' Welsh quilt, for the nature of a quilt, being a handcraft of thrift, saw the maker often use whatever material was to hand. Thus we have quilts patched from old cloths, suiting samples and carefully hoarded cottons, along with more exotic examples made from specially bought silks, satins and manufactured panels. We also have examples of quilts that are 'whole cloths' and not actually patchwork at all. The clue to the Welshness of a quilt is in the quilting, where we can find 'typical' examples'. The spiral or snail's trail is a common theme, together with the Prince of Wales feathers, hearts and laurel leaves.
Each year the Quilt Association hosts its Summer Exhibition, where examples from our collection are displayed with quilts from other collections, plus photographs and memories of the quilters who made them. For more details of this year's exhibition, please visit our website