Presently the National Gallery of Victoria is hosting an exhibition entitled Making the Australian Quilt 1800 - 1950. The exhibition opened on the 22 July, and all the accounts I have read so far, say it is extremely well worth viewing. There are over 80 works on display, including the 'The Rajah Quilt', made by convict women on their journey to Australia.
I have organised a bus down to Melbourne to view this wonderful exhibition. The bus is running on Sunday 14th August, and will depart Warrnambool at 5.40am. It will then stop in Terang, Camperdown and Colac, arriving in Melbourne in time for the gallery opening. The gallery staff will guid us through the exhibition, offering commentary as we go. There will then be free time to wander back and look further at the exhibits. After lunch at Federation Square, we will then board the bus and make the journey out to Wonga Park, where Linda Collins will present a private trunk show of the quilts in her beautiful book, Treasures in the Barn published by Quiltmania earlier this year.
The bus will then turn around, homeward bound, stopping for our evening meal at the Colac East Hotel. The bus is due back in Warrnambool by 9.30pm. The cost of the trip is $110.00 which includes travel, gallery admission and tour, trunk show and the evening meal.
It promises to be a great day. There are still some seats available on the bus, so please phone me on 0427 819105 if you are interested in coming along.