I am very pleased to announce that our project has been granted the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme.
The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Thames Valley Contemporary Quilt Group (TVCQ) was founded to encourage like-minded individuals to meet, support and share experience of contemporary textiles. The spirit of London 2012 is an inspiration to us to think about how to engage with the wider local community, giving the impetus to share skills and experience with others in an inclusive and stimulating way, and in turn be inspired by their creativity and ideas.
Getting busy with the Slough Museum collection in September
London 2012 has given rise to new ideas on how to showcase work, and is challenging standards of excellence and personal goals in the process. London 2012 gives us the inspiration to share contemporary textile art with new audiences, and to inspire more people, especially young people, to express themselves, their surroundings and their ideas through the medium of contemporary textiles. In particular, the London Cultural Olympiad ‘Stories of the World’ project is an influence on this project. The group has also been inspired to engage with Slough’s culture and heritage, by exploring their surroundings and the collections at Slough Museum, and thinking about how these could be represented and expressed through contemporary textiles.
Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: "Whatever floats your boat ....’ is encouraging Thames Valley Contemporary Quilt and Slough Museum to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as Thames Valley Contemporary Quilt and Slough Museum are delivering on our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in contemporary textiles."
Read more about the Inspire Programme here and about our projects part in it here