Social Patches

30 Sep

Artes Mundi is coordinating a series of activities called Social Patches as part of Artes Mundi’s offsite projects.

The activities are focus around the Indian artist Sheela Gowda, who’s work incorporates textiles, quilts and appliqué.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, 10am – 4pm, Unit 10, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff City Centre

Develop your sewing skills with professional textile artist Lisa Porch, as she demonstrates a range of textile techniques from appliqué, patchwork and stitched text. Help to add a patch to our developing outfit or begin to start your own project. Whether you’re a beginner, novice or professional, drop in and start to share your ideas and skills.

*Free workshop
Material provided. No booking required.

Wed 16 of October, 2 – 2.45pm, Unit 10, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff
Talk entitled Piecing the Past: The Wrexham Tailor’s Quilt

Discover the story of James Williams, a military tailor from Wrexham, who spent a decade meticulously piecing a patchwork quilt during his leisure hours. Join Elen Phillips, Curator of Costume & Textiles at St Fagans, National History Museum, to hear more about its fascinating history.
Spaces are limited, to book a place please email: or ring Artes Mundi on: 02920 2055 5300.

Monday 7 – Friday 18 October 10.00am – 4.00pm, Unit 10 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff City Centre

Draw inspiration from the patchwork quilts used in the artwork Down Under, and work closely with fashion designer Tara Tarapetian on your own fabric pieces. Down Under was originally constructed from bits and pieces of fabric collected by poor women in Gujarat, India. Looking closely at Gowda’s artwork we will start to collect fragments of fabric and textiles to develop your own designs. Bring in your own piece of fabric, or use our collection of donated textiles by local retailers.

Friday 25 October, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, National Museum Cardiff
Explore the relationship between art and fashion through paintings that influenced a century of style. Join Anne Pritchard, Curator of Historic Art, National Museum Cardiff, on a guided tour focusing on works by artists such as Rossetti, Renoir and Augustus John. Spaces are limited, to book a place please see National Museum Cardiff website –

On Display: A selection of tradition Welsh quilts from The Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter, will be on display in Unit 10 from Monday 7th – Friday 18th October.

Artes Mundi will be running a series of free creative activities placed outside the gallery in Cardiff city centre until the end of the year, keep your eye on its website for up and coming events –


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