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Current Events

Until 20 January 2018

Daughters of Penelope - Edinburgh

Exhibition looking at the work of women artists and weavers who have contributed to Dovecot’s past and present.

Open: Mon to Sat 10.30 – 5.30

Venue: The Dovecot Gallery, 10 Infirmary Street EH1 1LT


Until 21 January 2018

Wallace Sewell - London

Founded in 1992 by Harriet Wallace- Jones and Emma Sewell, the work of the woven textile design studio combines rich colour palettes with geometric forms

Open: Tuesdays to Saturdays 11 – 6; Sundays 11 – 5
Admission: charges apply
t: 020 7407 8664

Venue: Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF


Until 21 January 2018

Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles - Canada

Venue: Textile Museum, SS Centre Avenue. M5G 2H5, Toronto


Until 28 January 2018

May Morris: Art and Life

An exhibition of the work and life of May Morris the younger daughter of William Morris and one of the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement.

Venue: William Morris Museum, Lloyd Park House, Forest Road, Walthamstow. E17 4PP


Until 11 February 2018

Soft Engineering: Textiles Taking Shape

Shaped textiles by Deidre Wood, Alison Ellen and Ann Richards.

Venue: City Space at Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB


Until 18 February 2018

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion - London

An exhibition examining the work and legacy of the influential Spanish couturier Christóbal Balencia-ga

Open: daily 10 – 5.30 (Fridays to 9.30) Admission: £12.00

Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL


Until 18 February 2018

Hannah Ryggen: Woven Histories

Hannah Ryggen (1894 - 1970) was one of Scandinavia's most outstanding artistic figures in the 20th century.  This exhibition surveys her career from an early painted portrait to the intricate tapestries that characterised her work from the 1920s onward.

Open: Tues - Sat 10 - 5; Sun 12 - 5

Admission:  free

Venue: Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP


Until 04 March 2018

Trip to the End of the World

This leading textile event shows the work of 38 selected artists from 15 countries and is the only opportunity to see this exhibition in the UK.

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


Until 10 March 2018

3rd Asia-Europe Fibre Art Exhibition - Lithuania

Tapestries, wall hangings, textile sculptures, installations from textile artists from Europe and Asia.

Venue: Janina Monkute-Marks Museum, Kedainiai, Lithuania

Until 17 March 2018

Built in Tapestry: Dovecot Tapestries and Architecture – Edinburgh

Exhibition highlighting projects created for bold architectural projects during the history of the studio.

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony Open: Thurs, Fri 12 – 3, Sat 10.30 – 5.30

Venue: The Dovecot Gallery, 10 Infirmary Street, EH1 1LT

Website: tapestries

Until 03 June 2018

Beyond Borders – Manchester

Exhibition exploring South Asian post- colonial issues through the work of 4 artists using a variety of media, including textiles.

Open: Mon to Wed10–5, Thurs 10–9, Fri to Sun10–5
Admission: free

Venue: The Whitworth, Oxford Road M15 6ER


Until 30 June 2018

Peter Collingwood: wovenunwoven

An exhibition displaying examples from Peter Collingwood's extensive collection of textiles alongside his own work.

Venue: Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Rd, Farnham GU9 7DS


Until 09 September 2018

Coral: Fabric of the Reef

Inspired by the Horniman's Aquarium and Natural History collection, artist Karen Dodd uses woollen fabric - dyed, sculpted and intrically bound and stitched - to raise awareness of the threat to coral and coral reefs in the face of environmental change.

Open:  daily 10 - 5.30

Admission:  free

Venue: Hornman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ


Future Events

16 - 18 February 2018

Unravel – Festival of Knitting – Surrey

10th anniversary of the festival of knitting with marketplace, workshops, talks and demonstrations.

Venue: Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR


01 - 04 March 2018

Knitting and Stitching Show

Venue: Olympia, London W14 8UX

15 - 17 March 2018

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

A celebration of all things related to yarn, wool and hand-knitting.

Venue: The Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, EH14 1RJ


15 - 18 March 2018

Stitched Together

An exhibition showing at the Fasion & Embroidery Show at NEC Birmingham

A display of textiles created by military community groups supported by textile artists Dionne Swift and CarolAnn Allen.

Open: 9.30 - 5.30 (5pm on Sunday)

Admission (to Show): £12 (concessions £11)

Venue: Birmingham NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT


18 March 2018


The fibre and textile show for Cornwall.

Venue: Chi an Bobel, Heartlands, Robinson's Shaft, Dundance Lane, Pool, Redruth TR15 3QY


16 - 24 March 2018

The Selkie; Weaving and The Wild Feminine

Imogen Di Sapia explores folklore and story through craft.  This body of work is an exploration of motherhood and perinatal mental health through weaving.

Venue: O N C A Gallery, 14 St George's Place, Brighton BN1 4GB


14 - 15 April 2018

Knit & Stitch Show 2018 – Cumbria

Covers all areas of knit and stitch and includes over 30 exhibitors, talks, demonstrations and work-shops.

Open: 9.30 – 5 (4 on Sunday) Admission: £3
t. 01768 868000

Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria

Website: 2018

26 - 29 April 2018

Knitting and Stitching Show

Includes the Quilter's Guild exhibition Walks of Life - the Quilters Guild Collection.

Venue: Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NB


28 - 29 April 2018

Wonderwool Wales – Powys

A celebration of Welsh wools and natural fibres. Exhibitors, trade stands, workshops. Includes the Curtain of Poppies.

Venue: Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SY


02 February - 07 May 2018

Garry Fabian Miller: Voyage

A new tapestry Voyage into the deepest, darkest blue woven at the Dovecot Studios developed from images by the photographer Garry Fabian Miller.  It explores his research into colour and how an image comes into being in print and weave.

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


14 April - 12 May 2018

Hanging by a Thread: Textile Triennial

Joint exhibition by The Dumfries Guild WSD, Embroiderers Guild and Solway Quilters

Venue: Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Rd, Dumfries DG1 1JQ

Website: http://

11 - 13 May 2018

AGWSD Conference – Buckinghamshire

Includes the AGWSD AGM on Saturday.

The Conference theme is Then and Now – looking at the origins of craft and artisan production in Britain.

Venue: Kents Hill Conference Centre, Milton Keynes MK7 6BZ


28 April - 28 May 2018

Spring Select: Stroud International Textiles

Exhibitions and other events. Includes Select Trail 12/13 & 19/20 May 2018. Full details on SIT website.


10 February - 02 June 2018

Perspectives on Pattern

Interpretations of Calderdale Museums pattern book collection by the Textile Art Group

Venue: Bankfiled Museum, Ackroyd Park, Boothtown Road, Halifax HX3 6HG


01 April - 19 June 2018

Select Spring Festival – Gloucestershire

Stroud International Textiles: exhibitions and other events. Includes Select Trail 12-13 and 19-20 May 2018.


18 - 24 June 2018

Colours of Peru 2018 – Surrey

An exhibition of tapestries by Maximo Laura with local ceramic artists.

Open: Mon – Sat 9.30 – 5.30; Sun 10 – 5.30


Venue: The Gallery, Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA

23 - 24 June 2018

Journeys with Textiles

An exhibition of members' work work to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Norfolk & Suffolk Guild.

Saturday 7pm -; Sunday 10am - 4pm

Venue: Broome Village Hall, Sun Road, Norfolk NR35 2RW


21 - 25 June 2018

Exhibition and Open Days

Don Porritt is holding an exhibition and Open Days at The Studio.

Tel: 01943 878329

Venue: The Studio, Leathly Rd, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 6DP

06 - 12 July 2018

Convergence – United States

Handweavers Guild of America's biennial Convergence conference with exhibitions, tours, workshops, lectures and more

Venue: Peppermill Resort, Reno, Nevada


29 May - 13 July 2018

Complexity 2018 – Innovations in Weaving – United States

A juried international members’ exhibition of works which employ complex weave structures


Venue: 1 East 1st Street, Reno NV89501, Nevada

Website: 2018/

14 July 2018

Fleece & Fibre Day : Devon Guild

Many local fleeces - Jacob, Exmoor Horn, Merino, Portland, Poll Dorset, Ryland, Romney, Teeswater, Alpaca and others. Also yarns -  natural, hand-dyed and blended tops from wool, cashmere, angora, mohair and alpaca.

Plenty of home made food, cakes and drinks available.  Open:  10 - 3.  Free admission.

All welcome!

Venue: America Hall, De La Rue Way, Exeter, Devon EX4 8PX


16 - 19 July 2018

Textile Creations – Glasgow

AGWSD National Exhibition

Venue: Collins Building, University of Strathclyde, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ


13 - 19 August 2018

2018 International Fungus & Fibre Symposium

Residential Symposium exploring the use of mushroom dyes, includes lectures, workshops and mushroom forays.

Registraion opens 1 January 2018

Venue:  Rønningen Folk High School, Oslo, Norway


Venue: Oslo, Norway


12 October - 13 January 2019

Anni Albers – London

A major exhibition bringing together the most important examples of the work by this influential weaver.

Admission: £16.50. Free to members.

Venue: Tate Modern, Bankside London SE1 9TG


21 April - 27 January 2019

Fashioned From Nature

Exhibition exploring the relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day, including innovative fabrics and dyeing processes.

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

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