Thursday, December 6, 2012

Light, Hope & Opportunity Challenge: Empowering Women through Clean Energy

Quilters are invited to create and submit art quilts that address the issue of Energy Poverty. Participating quilters can highlight an aspect of energy poverty, for example, its effects on daily life, physical safety, health, access to education and information, and economic challenges posed to those who live without electricity; income and development inequalities faced by people who live in areas without steady sources of power; and the role of solar power and other alternative energy sources in mitigating the effects of energy poverty, indoor air pollution, isolation and limited economic development created by a lack of electricity.

“Light, Hope, Opportunity” is a juried challenge. Selected quilts will be included in a traveling exhibition that will open in June 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the United Nations’ European headquarters, and then tour at various quilting venues in North America through 2014.

Submitted quilts must address the theme of “Light, Hope, Opportunity: Empowering Women through Clean Energy.” A strong artist’s statement is crucial, explaining the concept of your quilt, linking it specifically to the theme of the challenge and sharing your inspiration for the quilt, techniques and materials used, etc. Please limit your statement to 150-200 words.

• Each quilt should measure 24 inches high by 24 inches wide (60 cm by 60 cm).
• Sew a 5 inch (12.5 cm) sleeve with a ½ inch give sewn on the back and mount the sleeve 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the top edge of the back of the quilt to enable a uniform display of all the quilts in the exhibition.
• Photographs: We can accept digital photos only. Images must be of completed work – not work in progress. Images will be chosen on the basis of artistic merit as well as photo quality.
• Each entry will require two digital images; one showing the whole quilt including the edges; the other showing an area in detail.
• Jurors reserve the right to refuse any quilt that differs significantly from the image submitted.
• $ 25 entry fee

Quilt for Change will contact selected quilters no later than April 1, 2013 to complete the exhibition logistics for the June 2013 opening at the United Nations’ Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Deadline for mailing finished quilts is April 20, 2013.

Quilters have the option of donating their quilts to Quilt for Change for sale in support of Solar Sister’s activities.

For planning purposes, we suggest you email us at with your intent to enter and provide a general description of your planned quilt. This is not required, but advised. We are happy to offer feedback and answer questions. A general description of your planned quilt and/or digital photos of your work in progress would be greatly appreciated.

Submission Requirements
Entry Form

Complete details available on website including the history of Quilt for Change:

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