Hamilton Gallery

A Touch Of Ruby

Exhibition: Mon 1 May to Fri 26 May 2023

The Hub, 138/143 Gray St, Hamilton

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 10.30am to 3.30pm


  • Exhibition Opening with guest speaker and complimentary afternoon tea:
    Mon 1 May 2023, 2pm
    The Hub, 138/143 Gray St, Hamilton

Entry to this exhibition is free.


Mavis Oakley, Roses are red, 2023, cotton. Private collection.


Hamilton Gallery presents a pop-up exhibition in a new space celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hamilton Quilters Inc.


Quilt making started in the eighteenth century when frugal housewives would cut up old clothing and join the pieces together to make a warm covering for the bed. Now patchwork and quilting is considered to be an art form in its own right and the hobby has grown to include abstract art, machine embroidery and appliqué.


For 40 years this talented group of local artisans has honed their skills in quilt-making. ‘A Touch of Ruby’ marks the 19th exhibition of their work in partnership with Hamilton Gallery, showcasing a range of quilts completed by members over recent years.


Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the makers personally and see the craftmanship at work as quilts are being created, since the organisation’s 16 members will be manning the exhibition space and working on quilts during opening hours.


The exhibition showcases over 16 beautiful and intricate pieces created by members, with each quilter responding to the Ruby Anniversary theme with their own interpretation.

The time taken to produce each quilt differs considerably with their size and detail. The skill and personal nuance of each quilter can be seen in the attention to detail and craftsmanship inherent in each work. Some of the larger more complex works in the exhibition contain over 3000 pieces of material and have taken up to 8 years to complete.

"We're looking forward to having the exhibition in a public space and hearing what people think about our works and what we do."

Exhibition Opening

Join us at the gallery for a double exhibition opening event for Icons: Australian Art and our celebration of local artists; Here and Now.

Free event, no need to RSVP.

Saturday 10 December / 2pm