An exhibition of quilt works comes to Danson House

Sue Watters, Unchained Melody, (2013) will be showing at Danson House © ©Sue Watters. Courtesy Bexley Heritage Trust

Sue Watters, Unchained Melody, (2013) will be showing at Danson House

Latest update 04.04.2014 14:01

National Trust partner Danson House presents ‘Things We Do in Bed’ - an exhibition of quilt works curated by bestselling author Tracy Chevalier (author of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’), which celebrates the history and contemporary art of quilting. National Trust members can enjoy half price entry to this exhibition.

We spend a third of our lives in bed, much of that time under covers such as quilts to keep us warm.  Although some have metamorphosed over time from useful household objects to works of art, Things We Do in Bed celebrates quilts and their continuing links to what goes on behind the bedroom door.  A lively mix of quilts and quilt works will be displayed through the five bedrooms in Danson House, with each room focusing on a different bed activity: Birth, Sleep, Sex, Illness, Death.

The show will feature traditional and historical quilts dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, alongside contemporary quilted work from artists including Grayson Perry, Sara Impey, Karina Thompson and Michele Walker.

Guest curator Tracy Chevalier is an internationally bestselling author of seven novels, whose most recent book, The Last Runaway, features a heroine at the heart of the story who is a quilter.  As well as learning a lot about quilts, Tracy learned to quilt by hand.

Bexley Heritage Trust manages Danson House, a beautifully restored Georgian villa where sumptuous interiors tell the story of a country house built for entertainment.

  • Danson House, Danson Park, Danson Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 8HL, UK
  • Danson House is open Sunday to Thursday from 1 April – 31 October, 12 – 5pm
  • 50% discount for National Trust members
  • Non-member admission: Adults £8, concessions £6, under 16s free.

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