ABOUT THE QUILT ASSOCIATION
The Quilt Association is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee, and was established in 1996 in order to care for a growing collection of antique quilts, many of which are from the local area.
The quilts are housed under controlled conditions, are documented and made available for research and now have more than two hundred beautiful quilts.
Our main aim is to care for and add to our collection of quilts, to keep them for future generations to enjoy and to make them available to others for research and inspiration.. We also aim to promote and foster knowledge about and the skills of patchwork, quilting and textile arts.
We hold two exhibitions annually.
- Our Summer exhibition showcases our own antique quilts – The Welsh Heritage Collection -as well as others drawn from collections around the country. Alongside this we feature more contemporary work from local quilters and textile artists.
- Our Spring exhibition features contemporary work from well-known textile artists. Running alongside each exhibition is a programme of related workshops as well as the other workshops which are run throughout the year.
Our Venue Minerva Arts Centre, was bought in 1996 by the QA with the help of funding from the European Union, Powys County Council, Llanidloes Town Council and private donors. It is made available to organisations for hire, often for related textile and craft groups such as Welsh Heritage Quilters, The Mid Wales Embroiderers and Minerva Textiles.
Our income is mainly derived from the hire of our premises to other groups who stage events throughout the year.
We also rely on donations from our supporters.
The QA is managed by a board of trustees, all volunteers, who ensure that firstly, the collection of quilts is cared for and added to and secondly to maintain the building so that visitors and users have a safe, healthy and enjoyable experience when visiting us. For more information about our Trustees, have a look on our website: www.quilt.org.uk/page-69-Trustees.html
What we’re looking for - Trustees
We’re looking for individuals who have time, enthusiasm, the ability to work as part of a small team and are really interested in helping us to save our collection for future generations to enjoy. We’re looking for individuals with one or more of the following skills:
- Governance and/or Legal matters
- Finance (who could provide guidance and advice, possibly from a commercial background)
- The ability to speak and write in Welsh
- Business planning
- IT or media
- Have local knowledge
Trustees meet monthly, during the day or early evening, in Llanidloes. Our current Trustees carry out a variety of tasks including governance, building maintenance, website maintenance, marketing, documentation and conservation of quilts and planning exhibitions and workshops.
What we’re looking for – Volunteers
We’re also looking for volunteers to help us with our collection. Again, we need people with time, enthusiasm and flexibility to help us at Minerva when we are exhibiting our quilts.
Do you fit into one or more of these categories?
- Enjoy meeting people and can help us welcome visitors to our exhibitions by becoming part of our stewarding team
- Could help with putting up and taking down exhibitions – especially going up and down ladders!
- Have a knowledge of quilting and/or textile arts
- Volunteers are needed for our exhibitions in Spring (May) and Summer (August/September).
- Stewards work on a rota basis, at least two people at a time, for sessions in the morning or afternoon.
- Sessions last between 2 and 4 hours.
Are you interested?
For more information please email Norma McCrory: normamccrory(at)quilt.org.uk
Please include a telephone number if you’d like to have an informal chat.
Here’s a link to our website: www.quilt.org.uk
Our supporters help us by:
- Donating via our Localgiving page http://www.localgiving.org/the-quilt-association
- Becoming a Friend of the Quilt Association for a small annual fee
- Making small A4 sized mini quilts which we sell in our Cash4Quilts fundraiser