Guildford Quilters Exhibition at Clandon Park - by Lisa
Just thought I’d share my thoughts on the Guildford
Quilters' Exhibition that opened today at Clandon Park National Trust
In short……. Utterly disappointed!!!
Whilst a National Trust house is a lovely back drop
for a quilt exhibition, I was disappointed in more than one aspect. The
property has a photography ban in all rooms of the house except TWO. One of those is the main marble hallway where
there are no quilts hung at all. The second room was upstairs and housed about eight quilts in total. The remaining quilts in the
exhibition were hung in some, but not all, of the other rooms and stairways. Some of the quilts hung up the stairways had their
labels positioned so high that you could not even read the name or
descriptions and I’m quite tall!
The room that they had their sales tables and raffles in was adjacent
to the marble hallway main entrance. This room was very dark, it was
poorly lit with it’s blinds pulled down in order to preserve the
contents of the room, this made it very difficult to see
what you were looking at or buying.
I was expecting much better in the way of the standard & quality of
quilts from Guildford Quilters, especially as they have secured display
at such a lovely venue. Personally our own exhibitions and quilting
is of a far better standard.
My plus points for the visit are that the twins had
a lovely time doing a trail hunt in the house and playing in the
garden and grounds in the glorious sunshine. Another bonus is the
cream tea, but then I do like a National Trust cream tea.