Cultural Playing Field

Quilters’ meeting at LOCOG by Robin Simpson
April 23, 2010, 8:16 am
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On Thursday I was at the headquarters of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) at Canary Wharf in London for a meeting about two quilting projects inspired by London 2012. This was a meeting I had brokered to bring together the organisers of ‘Quilts for London’ and ‘Gift of Quilts’ with representatives of the LOCOG Culture Team to resolve some communication problems and confusion about the nature of the two projects and their potential for formal recognition. ‘Gift of Quilts’ is working to create a quilt to be given to every country competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Schools groups, scouts and guides, church groups, U3A groups and many others across the country are already working on these quilts. ‘Quilts for London’ is planning to create a pennant for each athlete competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (about 14,000 pennants in total!) and is working with lace-makers, braiders, wood-turners as well as quilters across the UK. Both projects are supported by the Quilters’ Guild of The British Isles and Marilyn Lovett joined us on Thursday to represent the Guild. Francesca Canty, UK Cultural Programme Advisor at LOCOG, chaired the meeting and explained how both projects might be able to achieve the Inspire Mark. We were also joined by the LOCOG Creative Programmers for the East and South East regions (in which these two national quilting projects are based), Liz Hughes and Caterina Loriggio. It was a very positive meeting and both projects are now going to submit Inspire Mark applications. It is always so much easier to resolve difficulties and misunderstandings face-to-face and I’m very grateful to Francesca, Liz and Caterina for taking the time to meet us, listen to the details and concerns of the two projects and give clear advice on the best way forward.

Robin Simpson.

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