SoTAq – State of the Art Quilt
Queensland Quilters has been exhibiting members’ works through a juried exhibition called State of the Art Quilt (SoTAq) since 2009.
Since its inception, SoTAq has featured between 20 and 30 quilts and each year, we have had a wonderful representation of the talents of 2Q members.
All 2Q members are eligible to enter this juried exhibition. A juror maybe be a local artist, usually a textile artist, or someone known nationally. They are sent images (one full and one detail of each entry) and are asked to choose a cohesive show through these alone. It’s not an easy task.
The exhibition travels throughout south-east Queensland and brings the art of quilting to so many more of the general public. It opens their eyes to the realization that quilts can be art pieces. Some of the art works are offered for sale during the exhibitions and some have been sold. To date, the exhibitions have been seen at Boonah, Childers, Redlands, Caboolture, Warwick, Crows Nest and will be seen in 2016, at Gatton and Chinchilla.
Each year, the exhibition is launched at Gallery 159, 159 Payne Road, The Gap and this is sometimes, the first time, exhibitors have had art works in an art gallery. Regional Art Galleries have been very supportive in accepting the exhibition without any knowledge of the pieces presented.
The reward for entrants is being chosen, through this process, to have a quilt in SoTAq exhibition.