100: celebrating canberra - contemporary quiltmaking from canberra by tACTile

an exhibition by tACTile

The tACTile group comprising; Jenny Bowker, Dianne Firth, Helen Gray, Beth Miller, with Beth and Trevor Reid working in partnership, are well known throughout Australia and internationally for their innovative art quilts. For this exhibition in Canberra’s centenary year the artists created 20 art quilts each, a total of 100 altogether, to provide a range of perspectives on Canberra as people, place and designed city.

As well, they have created a collaborative work that was inspired by the cycloramic panorama of the site of the future capital city painted by Robert Coulter. A print of this painting was sent to competitors in the competition for the design of the city in 1911. Although the winner of the competition, the American Walter Burley Griffin assisted by his wife Marion Mahony Griffin, had not seen the site, Coulter’s painting certainly evoked the character of the Canberra landscape.


collaborative work

Panorama, left to right, Helen Gray, Beth & Trevor Reid, Beth Miller, Jenny Bowker, Dianne Firth.


photography by David Paterson


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