Our 2016 exhibition, Unforgettable opens on the 5th of March and will run until the 5th of November. Historic Welsh Quilts and Costume from the collections of Ron Simpson, Jen Jones, and the Ceredigion Museum will take centre stage in the dramatic Courtroom Gallery. As always the exhibition will be designed by Gwenllian Ashley. Featured are the strikingly bold 19th century Welsh Flannel Patchwork Quilts and the quintessential Welsh Hat. In Gallery 2, we are delighted to showcase new work by eminent quilter Sandie Lush. Jen Jones and Sandie Lush have collaborated for many years, with Sandie exhibiting her work and running annual quilting workshops at The Welsh Quilt Centre. Gallery 3 is home to shorter exhibitions, lasting 6-8 weeks from an array of artists with a diverse range of work. The exquisite work of artist Valeriane Leblond will be the first exhibition in Gallery 3. Valeriane’s work is heavily influenced by the hills of mid Wales, the cliffs and beaches of Cardigan Bay and in many of her paintings, images of Welsh quilts from The Jen Jones Collection are featured. Each exhibition in Gallery 3 will be varied ranging from the embroidery and textile work of OTT O2 Textiles, the funky felt-work of Ruth Packham, and Ruth Jên Evans’ ‘Welsh Ladies’.
Since opening in 2009 The Welsh Quilt Centre has become an exceptional venue in the heart of the Teifi Valley. It was officially opened in 2010 by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. The idea to open a centre to celebrate and promote a wider understanding of the Welsh Quilt, came from Jen Jones, whose obsession with collecting Welsh Quilts, Blankets and textiles has spanned over forty years. Jen’s perseverance has led to the saving and preservation of this vital part of Welsh heritage. This has been appreciated by the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, leading to Jen Jones being appointed as Tourism Ambassador. The Cambrian Mountains Initiative was inspired by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to ‘sustain traditional Welsh upland farms and rural communities.’
Here at Lampeter’s historic Town Hall we believe we offer a truly unique experience by celebrating the ancient art of the Welsh Quilt alongside contemporary works of local and international artists. Our annual exhibitions take place between March and October/November, so please see our website www.welshquilts.com for information on our current exhibition, opening times and to buy tickets. There is so much to see in our 3 Galleries, Gallery Shop and we even have a Café-Deli next door.
At the heart of the building is the dramatic Courtroom Gallery with a soaring ceiling perfect for showcasing exquisite Welsh Quilts. Each year a new exhibition takes place featuring a different aspect of Welsh Quilts. These textiles are mainly from The Jen Jones Collection and feature as the main attraction at each annual exhibition. Every year each new exhibition delights as the work of featured artists is painstakingly chosen to complement the Welsh Quilts. Our past exhibitions include A Quilted Bridge (The Amish-Welsh Connection) geometric flannel Welsh Quilts with stunning antique Amish Quilts. And in 2013, we were thrilled to welcome the world famous textile artist Kaffe Fassett who not only showcased his work in our Courtroom Gallery but also spent time in Lampeter sharing his knowledge and flair in a series of workshops.
We also offer workshops in quilting, embroidery, felt-work and more. We strongly recommend early booking if you are interested in any of our workshops as they do get booked up quite quickly.
Our Gallery Shop and Gallery 3 are open all year. Within the Gallery Shop you will find a delectable collection of both vintage and new textiles featuring a selection of antique Welsh quilts and blankets from Jen’s well-loved cottage shop, and superb hand-stitched recreations of the flannel geometric patchworks from Jen’s private collection. In every nook and cranny you will discover something unexpected; books, jewellery, scarves, cushions made from old quilts, soaps hand-made in Wales, teddy bears made from 19th century Welsh blankets and an astonishing assortment of greetings cards, to name but a few.
However if you can’t find what you’re looking for in our Gallery Shop, head out to Llanybydder to Jen Jones Welsh Quilts and Blankets cottage shop (Here you will find the ultimate choice of Welsh quilts and blankets, shawls, antiques and much more. www.jen-jones.com
Images ©Roger Clive-Powell and text written by Sarah Pold