Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Deadline: March 1, 2009 (POSTMARK)


Heidelberg, Germany
October 18, 2009 to January 24, 2010

The Textilsammlung Max Berk · Kurpfälzisches Museum is organising the fourth European Quilt Triennial which will be shown in Heidelberg most likely from October 18, 2009 to January 24, 2010 and subsequently at Kreismuseum Zons/Germany and Textilmuseum St. Gallen/Switzerland. There are plans for further venues in other countries, especially for the prestigious Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, U.K., in August 2010.


Participants must be residents of Europe.

  • The work must display the basic structural characteristics of a quilt. It must be made of flexible material. Additions of other materials are allowed. The whole work, or the work consisting of more than one piece, must consist of at least two layers of quilted material.

  • The work may contain traditional elements but as a whole must show an original design idea. Stagnation of craft and design, aiming only at technical perfection, will not be accepted for participation. Copies and works carried out according to somebody else's plans and quilts which are the result of workshops are not permitted.

  • The work must not be older than 2 years at the time of application.

  • The work must not have been shown or be shown before in public up until the
    exhibition in autumn of 2010.

  • A minimum size of 1 m² and a maximum of 4 m² must not be exceeded. When quoting the size on the forms and photo material, always quote the height before the width.

  • The reverse side of the quilt must be provided with a tunnel at least 8 cm width or a hanging device of its own, including rod/rail. Sculptures & artefacts which cannot be vertically displayed by hanging are explicitly permitted.

  • Garments are not accepted.

  • Each participant may submit applications for a maximum of 2 works (please use a separate form for each work). By submitting their applications the participants acknowledge the conditions of the competition.


  • Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director/Curator, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, U.K.

  • Jennifer Hollingdale, quilt artist, formerly head of textiles at Morley College London, U.K.

  • Inge Hueber, quilt artist and member of the international group Quilt Art, Germany

  • Ursula Karbacher lic. phil., chief curator Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • Velta Raudzepa, deputy director of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga, Latvia

  • Kristine Scherer Dr. phil., curator Textilsammlung Max Berk, Germany

  • Anne Woringer, quilt artist and lecturer, France


For the first time it is planned to award a Doris Winter commemoration prize for innovation of the material, technique and concept to the amount of 5.000,- K. Further prizes will include an award of innovation of large format (at least 3m², at most 4 m²) and an award of innovation of quilting, both of them carrying a value of K 1.000,- each.


The work/s is/are insured, subject to the usual exceptions - from the date of receipt until return by Textilsammlung Max Berk or by the other museums concerned.


As documentation to the exhibition, a catalogue will appear in German and English language including colour pictures of all exhibits.

By sending the photos the participants agree to their work being published in connection with the colour catalogue as well as press releases. The costs of photos are to be borne by the participants.


It is possible to offer the works for sale during the exhibitions (at 25 % commission). Turnover tax on imports (19%) for the sale of foreign works that are not in the EU is to be paid by the participant concerned. The commission is also to be taken into consideration when setting upon the price.

The exhibitions shall be passed on to the other museums concerned as complete as possible; i.e. works sold at the exhibition are handed to the buyer only when the tour is finished.

Download information and application: museum-heidelberg.de/application_4thEuropeanQuilt-Triennial.pdf

Textilsammlung Max Berk · Kurpfälzisches Museum
P.O. 105520
D – 69045 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 800317
Fax: +49 6221 584699050
e-mail: kmh-textilsammlung-max-berk@heidelberg.de
homepage: www.heidelberg.de/museum