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Historic mine backdrop for new quilting exhibition

By September 26, 2019February 26th, 2020Heritage, News

The historic Wentworth Mine at Lucknow is set to be the backdrop for an outdoor exhibition of newly-created quilts.

STORY UPDATED :26 February 2020

Due to weather conditions, many community members have been unable to enter quilts in the Wentworth Mine Airing of the Quilts scheduled for March 2020.

For this reason the Wentworth Mine Airing of the Quilts has now been deferred to a later date.

The Airing will now take place during Orange Wine Week, on 24 and 25 October 2020.

Submissions have been extended until 31 August 2020.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Alison Russell on 02 6393 8170.


The inaugural Airing of the Quilts and Gold Quilters Challenge will be held later this year.

To be run as part of Orange City Council’s heritage program, organisers are now calling for entries in two categories :

  • The Airing of the Quilts will feature works by individuals and groups and is an opportunity to showcase recent works.
  • The Gold Quilters Challenge is aimed at encouraging quilt-makers to create a new quilt which reflects the theme of ‘Gold’, such as the gold mining history of the Wentworth Mine and Lucknow.

Orange mayor Cr Reg Kidd believes there will be strong interest in the exhibition.

DISPLAY: The historic Wentworth Mine at Lucknow will feature an outdoor exhibition of quilts.

“The tradition of making quilts has a long history which goes back way beyond the gold-mining era,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “Domestic activities, especially those which are traditionally connected to the work of women are far too often neglected when it comes to understanding our history and our early settlement.”

“The making of quilts showed thrift and artistic expression and persists as a way to link the past with the future”.

“”It’s fantastic that the ‘Airing of the Quilts’ is going to be happening outdoors. It’s common in the US and it’s becoming more popular here to have outdoor exhibitions.”

Orange City Council Services Committee chair, Cr Scott Munro says quilt-makers have until later this year to flag their entries.

“Organisers want to receive entry forms for both categories by 13 January,” Cr Scott Murno said. “If their quilting project is not completed by then, they have a couple more months to finish it off.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing the beauty of the quilts on-show, up against with the industrial backdrop of the Wentworth Mine.”

“Quilting is a very popular branch of arts and crafts, and I’m sure we’ll be getting entries from right across the region and further afield.”

Submissions have been extended until 31 August 2020. 

More information and entry forms can be found here :

Airing of the Quilt – Entry Conditions

Airing of the Quilts – Entry Form

Airing of the Quilts – Poster

Airing of the Quilts – Poster –  Expressions Of Interest

Airing of the Quilts_Gold Quilters Challenge – Background Information

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