Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein | 21 May – 20 June 2021

An exhibition of quilts by members of the Oranje Quilters’ Guild | www.nasmus.co.za

Quilt art, sometimes known as art quilting, is an art form that uses both modern and traditional quilting techniques to create art objects. Practitioners of quilt art create it based on their experiences, imagery and ideas, rather than traditional patterns.

The selection of quilts was created by nine quilters from the Oranje Quilters’ Guild, the Free State Guild affiliated with the South African Quilters’ Guild. In February 2020, Iessie Steenberg, experienced quilter and lecturer at the Central University of Technology, Design and Studio Art, started presenting a quilters course that is mainly dedicated to the design and creation of art quilts. The group met in February and March, but with lockdown had to communicate via cell phones and computers.

The lessons comprising the course focused on art elements and principles. In each designed quilt, the quilter had to highlight how these were implemented in their design. Although art elements and principles are always present in any design to some extent, it was expected that quilters intentionally demonstrate the use of these elements and principles in their quilts. Other aspects of the course included themes and techniques appropriate to art quilting as well as ten different ways of finishing the edges of a quilt.

The group was able to meet again in October 2020 and was excited to show and share their creations in person. The exhibition will be on show from 21 May until 20 June 2021 on the first floor of Oliewenhuis Art Museum, located on 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein.


The visiting hours during Level 1 is from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 15:00, Saturdays between 10:00 and 15:00, and closed on Sundays and public holidays. No member of the public is allowed in after 14:30. Entrance is free and secure parking is available for visitors. A ramp at the entrance of the main entrance provides access for wheelchairs, while a lift provides access to the Permanent Collection display areas on the first floor.

For more information please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 051 011 0525 (ext 200) or oliewen@nasmus.co.za.


Visiting Hours during Level 1:
Monday to Friday: 09h00 – 15h00
Saturday: 10h00 – 15h00
Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays

Please note:
The museum including the gardens, picnic spots and hiking trails close at 15:00.
No member of the public is allowed in after 14:30.
The changes to our daily operations were made to keep the health and safety of staff and visitors a top priority.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a satellite of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture

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