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Current Events

Until 26 October 2019

Heallreaf 3: An exhibition of contemporary tapestries

The Heallreaf 3 exhibition of international juried tapestry art.

Venue: Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG


Until 03 November 2019

British Textile Biennial

A programme of textile-related events / exhibitions at various venues in Lancashire. See website for details. Includes Alice Kettle's large scale works: Threads Bearing Witness at Gawthorpe Hall.

Venue: Various


Until 03 November 2019

Strands of Place and Time

  A new exhibition exploring and sharing new perspectives on cultural heritage and migration in response to world textiles in the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.

A National Trust property.

Venue: Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley Road, Padiham, near Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 8UA


Until 03 November 2019

University of Brighton: MA Craft and Textiles Graduation Show

This display of exciting, contemporary work by MA Craft and MA Textiles students at the University of Brighton includes knitted, woven and printed textiles, leather work, metal work and work in paper and wood. The show gives you a chance to see what inspires the students, whether issues of sustainability, technology, our relationship to landscape and our bodies or why making itself is so important.

Venue: Hove Museum, 19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB


Until 10 November 2019

Luxury on the Nile: Late Antique Attire from Egypt

Lavishly decorated clothes played an important role in society even 1500 years ago.  Dress could be used to express dignity, rank and high standards. This special exhibition presents several tunics of the 5th - 7th centuries and numerous small woven panels which once decorated tunics.

Venue: Abegg-Stiftung, Werner Abeggstrasse 67, CH-3132 Riggisberg Switzerland


Until 16 November 2019

Indian Threads

An exhibition of works resulting from a Wales / India exchange programme by textile artists. Includes weaving, digital print on cloth and stitched work.

Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE


Until 17 November 2019

A Considered Place

Drum Castle hosts five leading contemporary British artists who work across a variety of media to express a considered sense of place and experience.

Join us to experience the beauty of contemporary woven tapestries by Jo Barker, Sara Brennan and Susan Mowatt; the exquisite glass and ceramics of Andrea Walsh; and Jane Bustin’s intriguing combinations of paint, metal, ceramics and cloth.

Venue: Drum Castle, Drumoak, by Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 5EY


Until 24 November 2019

Four Corners of One Cloth: Textiles from the Islamic World

From Syria, Iraq, Turkey & Yemen - the four corners of the Ka'bah - textiles from the Whitworth's collection will be brought together, extending to the widest reaches of influence of the Islamic world.

Venue: The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

Website: http://

Until 07 December 2019

The Wonders of Wool

The landscape, flora and fauna of Scotland provide inspiration for these vibrant felt art works and other wool felt creations.

Venue: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9 9EN


Until 09 December 2019

"Fabrics of a Decorative Character"

Introducing the University of Leeds International Textile Collection (formery known as ULITA) at a new venue.

The display presents highlights of the geographically diverse collections and how these incredible international textiles came to the University of Leeds. It also tells the story of how the collection came about as an early teaching museum in the Yorkshire College over 120 years ago.

On show will be some of the most exquisite and colourful items in the collection—so discover this rich resource today.

Venue: The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT


Until 14 December 2019

African Textiles

By Hali Publications and Karun Thakar

Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


Until 04 January 2020

Flax, Fibres and Plant Dyes

Kent Cloth textile works by Francesca Baur.  This approach advocates a slower approach to creating natural local textiles with a story that employs traditional skills, from growing the flax for linen to making natural plant dyes. It is a botanical journey from the flax fields of Belgium and Normandy to the White Cliffs of Dover, and around the 'Garden of England'.

Venue: Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX


Until 18 January 2020

Our Linen Stories

The final venue for an exhibition which toured a number of venues in Scotland in 2018.

Linking art, design and industry, the exhibition explores a rich heritage, new work and insights into contemporary materials and manufacturing at home and abroad. Five Storybooks, printed on linen paper, are available to read at the exhibition stations: Featured Designers: Linen Journeys in Design, European Unions, Art & Acquisition, Plant & Production and Supply & Sustainability. Our Exhibition Design is in collaboration with artist Nick Sargent. Our Linen Storybooks are created in collaboration with Alison Newman of PULP.

Venue: The Dovecot Gallery, 10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT


Until 25 January 2020

Barbara Rae CBE RA: Tapestries and Rugs

Marking 25 years of collaborative working, Dovecot Studios are excited to be working with Royal Academician painter and master printmaker Barbara Rae CBE RSA on a significant new tapestry titled Peel Sound Ice.

This new tapestry celebrates the artist’s critically acclaimed recent body of work exploring the Northwest Passage in the Arctic region, which was shown at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in 2018 for the first time.

The display will be held on the Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony. The viewing times are as follows:

Mon-Fri:               12.00-15.00

Saturday:             10.30-17:30

Open Sunday during August: 10.30-17.30

Venue: Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT


Until 26 January 2020

Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label. This retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend.

Venue: 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF


Until 23 February 2020

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth 1: The Bacton Altar Cloth

See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I and the iconic Rainbow Portrait, this autumn at Hampton Court Palace.

The only surviving example of Elizabeth I's dresses

Following new research and conservation, Historic Royal Palaces Curators believe that the Bacton Altar Cloth once formed part of a dress worn by Elizabeth herself.

Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU.


Until 14 March 2020

Made by Pringle

Pringle of Scotland, knitwear producers, was at one time the largest employer in Hawick, with a worldwide reputation. As part of the celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of Borders Textile Towerhouse, we have drawn from the largest collection in our archives to chart the company’s design history in the 20th century.

Venue: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9 9EN


Future Events

25 - 26 October 2019

Captivating Colour

East Sussex Guild exhibition with trade stalls, demonstrations, scarf raffle & refreshments.

Venue: Lewes Town Hall, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2QS


25 - 27 October 2019

Wandering Thread

The biennial exhibition by Peter Tavy Guild of WSD. Our members have been taking inspiration from the work and influences of Bobbie Cox our founding President. Some of Bobbie's own work will also be on show.

The exhibition is open 10am to 4pm.


Venue: Peter Tavy Village Hall and Chapel


30 October - 03 January 2020

Weaving Water/Woven Land

An exhibition by the Scottish Regional Group of the British Tapestry Group. As artists we are often inspired by place and the incredible landscape that surrounds us. Beautiful rolling hills, dramatic seascapes, the textures and colours of where we come from gives endless inspiration to artists who weave.  Surrounded by water, with over 6000 miles of coastline, Scotland has more than 790 islands and over 30,000 lochs and lochans and almost 500 Munroes and Corbetts.  How could we not be inspired by what is around us!

Venue: Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5LW


30 October - 03 November 2019


Toast, the clothing and lifestyle brand, has commissioned a group of artists in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard to re-work worn garments and fabrics, turning them into something unique and unexpected. The display aims to promote the idea that clothes can have a life beyond their first wearer; creatively supporting a lower carbon lifestyle.

The participating artists are: Abigail Booth (Forest & Found), Alice Fox, Richard McVetis, Hannah Robson & Sophie Rowley.

Venue: Kettleā€™s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Website: http:///

07 - 08 November 2019

Dyes in History and Archaeology 2019

The biennial conference focussing on historic dyeing technques. The 2019 conference will be held in Amsterdam - details to follow.

08 November - 24 December 2019

Fabricate: Handmade @ Christmas

Unique artisan gifts from the textile group from the western fells of Cumbria

Venue: Florence Arts Centre, Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR


09 November 2019

Guild Gathering / Open Day

Dumfries and Galloway Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Guild Challenge exhibition, sales table / suppliers, spinning circle / knit and natter. Refreshments.

10.00 - 15.00.  Entry £2.00

Venue: Dumfries Baptist Church, Gillbrae Road, Dumfries DG1 4EJ


30 November - 05 January 2020

Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Thread

An exhibition of work by members of the Hampshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.

Venue: Whitchurch Silk Mill, 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, hampshire RG28 7AL


25 January - 19 April 2020

Hidden Fabric: Women; Textiles: Collectors

This exhibition will highlight exceptional textiles held in seven regional museum collections in England, all originally collected in the twentieth century by pioneering women.

Venue: 2 Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD


19 - 21 June 2020

Guild Gathering: Colour - The Full Spectrum

Residential and non-residential weekend event with keynote speakers, practical sessions, demonstrations, talks and a Saturday evening dinner.

Further details from:

Venue: University of Worcester


05 - 20 September 2020

National Exhibition 2020: Coal, Cotton, Canals

The biennial exhibition of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, organised by the North West and Online guilds.

The theme for the juried section will be 'Coal, Cotton, Canals'. The theme for the unjuried section will be 'Still Waters'.

The exhibition will coincide with the opening of the Leigh branch of the Leeds to Liverpool canal, which will be celebrated during Heritage Weekend.

Venue: Leigh Spinners Mill, Park Lane, Leigh WN7 2LB


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