Gillian Collins  Artist

Curated Exhibitions continued

Cloth, Thread, Scissors - a Festival of Quilting (Cranleigh Arts Centre, April 2017)

A month long focus on the traditional art and craft of quilting and qult making.  A call for entry was sent out to local quilters and quilting groups for quilted work that fulfilled the criteria of being a 'quilt', that is " layers of fabric comprising a top decorative layer, an middle layer of filling and a base layer the whole being stitched through."  Exhibits  showed a wide variety of quilting styles from the traditional block to free-style Art Quilts.



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Cloth Thread Scissors

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1. Gallery View

2. Gallery View

3. Cushion by Gill Denyer

4. Quilted and Handpainted Jacket by Deena Goff


A Bevy of Larks - Leith Hill Place  (National Trust) 17 August to 28 October 2018

Commissioned art installation of wall hangings inspired by the symphony for violin and piano by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 'The Lark Ascending'.  Part of the 70th anniversary of the death of Vaughan Williams commemoration on 26 August 2018.

Leith Hill Place is a National Trust property near Dorking in the Surrey Hills.  

The installation comprised 6 wall hangings in print, paint and stitch with 2000 hand cut paper birds attached (made from vintage music scores).  An additional motion activated sculpture of a violin mounted on an LP record of The Lark Ascending and set in a vintage record player case turn to the sound of lark birdsong.

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Above left to right:

A Bevy of Larks at Leith Hill Place installation view

A Bevy of Larks at Leith Hill Place installation view

Legato, kinetic violin sculpture at Leith Hill Place installation view

The Cranleigh Open Art Competition, November 2018

I relaunched this popular competition after a 2 year break.  This was achieved by restricting the entries to traditional fine art mediums only and by moving the exhibition dates from the very busy mid-summer months to late autumn.  This had the effect of attracting the largest number of entries ever to this competition, topping 130, as well as attracting a wider range of artists which resulted in a diverse exhibition of a very high standard.

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Above L to R: Cranleigh Open Art Competition 2018 installation view