Criminal Quilts 2017-18

Criminal Quilts project 2017-2018

Criminal Quilts is an art & heritage project inspired by photographs and documents relating to women criminals in Staffordshire Record Office. I have been working with these images since 2012 when I was commissioned by Shire Hall Gallery to make work for their historic court buildings. I have continued working on Criminal Quilts artworks and the newer pieces were a key part of my solo exhibition Narrative Threads in 2015. One of those pieces won the Fine Art Quilt Masters competition in 2016. You can read the background to the project here.

In this new phase of the project, I will be working with archive volunteer and students from Wolverhampton University to create a new exhibition, publication and seminar to explore the stories of the women in the archives in more detail. There will also be showcase exhibitions and community workshop in the Staffordshire area throughout 2018.

The major exhibition of the new work (along with existing work) will be at Festival of Quilts, Birmingham NEC 9-12th August 2018 and at the Brewhouse Art Centre, Burton-on-Trent in Autumn 2018. Further venues and more details will be added to the website as they are confirmed.


Criminal Quilts postcard

If you are interested in volunteering on this project and getting involved in creative and research activities please get in touch using the form below.  You can also come to an open information session on Thursday 18th January 2018 at Staffordshire Record Office, Stafford. See below for workshops and other key dates.

Staffordshire Record Office

Eastgate Street


ST16 2LZ

Staffordshire Record Office is situated in Eastgate Street, behind the William Salt Library, and can be accessed through the archway opposite the end of Tipping Street.

Key dates for participation

Info session & workshops at Staffordshire Record Office, Stafford, Thursdays 1-3pm.

18th Jan, 15th Feb, 8th & 22nd March, 4th & 19th April, 3rd, 17th & 31st May. 5th & 9th July (no sessions in June)

Exhibition development, installation and invigilation throughout June to September particularly Festival of Quilts (NEC) 8-12 August.

Opportunities to support public engagement activities during this time.

This project has been funded by Arts Council England, Staffordshire County Council and Brewhouse Art Centre.