Thursday, February 13, 2014

WIDE HORIZONS IV on the horizon!

A view into Wide Horizons II

It is time to start thinking about entering SAQA’s Europe and Middle East biennial showcase exhibition, Wide Horizons IV, which will premiere at the European Patchwork Meeting (Carrefour du Patchwork) in September 2014, and then very likely tour Europe for a year.

The theme ‘Wide Horizons’ is wide open – that’s the idea – you don’t have to think of just landscapes! You may consider making something new for this exhibition, but it is  perfectly possible to enter an existing quilt, provided it has not been shown at EPM / Carrefour before.  You can enter up to three works, but only one per entrant will be selected.

The entry method is online via the SAQA website, and it will be open during the month of May.  You can go now to, Member’s section, log in, and look into the Calls for Entry.  You can get the full details there, a preview of the registration forms, and also click on links to lots of very useful information, such as how to resize photos.

There are maximum and minimum sizes for the quilts entered, and that seems to have caused some confusion – so here is a clarification of the sizing:

Your quilt can be any size between a minimum of 70 cm by 70 cm (i.e. EACH side has to be no smaller than 70 cm) and a maximum of 150 cm x 150 cm (i.e. each side has to be no bigger than 150 cm).  The quilt DOES NOT have to be square though!  You can make a quilt, say, 85 cm by 130 cm, or 106 cm by 75 cm, or 112 cm by 145 cm, or 87 cm by 95 cm, or whatever you choose.... as long as each one of its sides is not smaller than 70 cm and not bigger than 150 cm.  Shaped edges are possible; but please no very delicate finishes, and unfortunately we cannot accept 3D work.

The minimum and maximum sizes were decided because of likely travelling constraints - too big and it is difficult to transport, too small and it may be more difficult to hang.  We don't know yet how much this show will travel, but I believe there is already a second venue secured.  The previous exhibition, Wide Horizons III, travelled to 6 or 7 venues, most of them in Europe, but the last one was in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A catalogue has been talked about as a possibility, but there are time and budget constraints which may make it difficult to make it a reality for this exhibition.  It may have to wait until Wide Horizons V, in two years’ time….

Do feel free to ask questions about entering WH IV if you have any.
(Comment from the blog moderator: As Alicia did not put her e-mail address here, you can contact her via the SAQA website, members' section. U.L.)

Happy quilting!

Alicia Merrett

Wide Horizons IV Curator.

A view into Wide Horizons III

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