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Current Events

Until 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


Until 01 April 2018

Burrell at Kelvingrove: Tapestries

Nine tapestries from the Burrell Collection are on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Venue: Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG

Until 08 April 2018

Jilly Edwards: Joy – Yellow is the New Blue

‘These woven tapestries are inspired by glimpses and memories of journeys, whether long train journeys or a trip to the local café.
 The start for this work was a set of journeys from Exeter to Edinburgh and to East Anglia. It took me through wonderfully diverse terrain and it was full of the colour yellow of Oilseed Rape.’

‘I watched as the field sizes and divisions changed, a dry stonewall, a hedge, a wooden fence and huge fields with no divisions.
 The work is about the surface, its depth, its construction, the quiet, crisp whites, the dense warm yellow, sensuous dark soil with lozenge shaped stone walls with bright yellow lichen patches. The spaces are important, as are the gaps between.’ Jilly Edwards 2017

Project funded by Arts Council England. 

Venue: Ruthin Craft Centre, Park Road, Ruthin Denbighshire LL15 1BB


Until 08 April 2018

A Darker Thread

Alana Tyson, Eleri Mills, Indre Eugenija Dunn, Jayne Pierson in collaboration with Neale Howells, Laura Thomas, Llio James, Philippa Lawrence, Rhiannon Williams, Rozanne Hawksley, Ruth Harries, Sally-Ann Parker and Spike Dennis.

Wales has a much celebrated tradition of creating both utilitarian and decorative textiles of distinctive design. From power-loomed blankets to hand-stitched quilts, textiles are a key part of Welsh visual culture and history.

Whilst ‘A Darker Thread’ takes this heritage as its starting point, twelve contemporary artists, designers and makers have been invited to exhibit work which subverts these expectations.

Venue: Ruthin Craft Centre, Park Road, Ruthin Denbighshire LL15 1BB


Until 29 April 2018

Art Textiles Picasso to Warhol

The exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles.

A London Fashion & Textile Musuem touring exhibition.

Venue: New Lanark World Heritage Site, South Lanakshire Scotland ML11 9DB


Until 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


Until 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


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

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.


06 April - 12 May 2018

Tactile Tectonics - Stacey Harvey-Brown

3-dimensional woven art forms and fashion accessories inspired by geology and marine life. 

Venue: Foxelowe Arts Centre, Market Square, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6AD


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

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://

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

21 April - 19 May 2018

Tapestry by Hannah Waldron - Primary Traveller

Part of the Stroud International Textile Festival

Venue: Museum in the Park, Stroud GL5 4AF


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


28 April - 28 May 2018

Select Festival 2018

The festival includes the Select Trail 2018 on 5/6 and 12/13 May 2018: Open studios and artist-led exhibitions
Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 am – 6

The Select Studio brings opportunities for creative learning
Also exhibitions, talks and other events - see website for full details.


08 - 26 May 2018

Ebb and Flow

New work by the South West Textiles Group.  Part of the Stroud International Textile Festival

Venue: Lansdown Gallery, Stroud GL5 4AF


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


11 May 2018

Talk: Dovecot presents Chris Ofili's tapestry The Caged Bird's Song


London Craft Week: visit Clothworkers' on Friday 11 May for a rare chance to see The Caged Bird's Song tapestry created with Chris Ofili, hanging in the Hall. The Dovecot weavers will also be conducting a lunchtime lecture all about the making of this epic triptych as featured in the National Gallery exhibition Weaving Magic, as well as a series of weaving masterclasses. All the events are free, as generously supported by the tapestry commissioner The Clothworkers' Company. Book now to avoid missing this unique opportunity!

Free | Limited places, so booking is essential

Places can be registered here via Dovecot's What's On page.

Venue: Clothworkers' Livery Hall, London


25 May - 23 September 2018

Orla Keily: A Life in Pattern

Orla Keily is one of the UK and Ireland's most successful designers.  Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recongnisable.  Featuring over 150 patterns and products the exhibition emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives.

Open: Tues - Sat 11 - 6; Thurs until 8; Sun 11 - 5

Tickets: £9.90 (£8.80 concessions, £7 students)

020 7407 8664

Venue: London Fashion & Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XF


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/

29 May - 09 June 2018

Woven and Drawn

An exhibition of drawings and woven sculpture by Sue Hiley Harris.  Part of the Select Festival 2018.

Venue: Lansdown gallery, Stroud GL5 4AF


05 June - 14 July 2018

Fortuitous Circumstances: recent textiles

An exhibition of textiles purchased with funding from the Patricia Baines Trust.  Includes work by Peter Collingwood, Makeba Lewis, Sally Geaves-Lord and Ann Richards.  A small number of pieces by Rita Beales from the Crafts Study Centre collection will also be on display.

Venue: Crafts Study Centre, Falkner Rd, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS


09 June 2018

Fleece Fair

New Forest Guild are holding their annual fleece fair; there will also be craft stalls, tea and cakes.

Venue: Greyfriars Community Centre, 44 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW

16 June 2018

Annual Fleece Fair - Somerset

Fresh fleece of rare and not-so-rare breeds direct from the producers. Top quality fleece, tops, unique yarns, equipment, etc. From 9.30 a.m. Small admission charge. Help on hand for fleece novices.

Venue: Village Hall,Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, Somerset TA3 6SG

Website: http://www.somersetguildwsd

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

21 - 25 June 2018

Exhibition and Open Days

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

A pictorial exhibition of Don Porritt's career as a loom designer.

A selection of larger floor looms and table looms will be dispalyed and a range of equipment available to buy.

Open 10 - 5, but phone ahead f you'f like to visit outside these hours.

Tel: 01943 878329

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

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


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


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


22 - 23 September 2018

Sami Band Weaving Workshop

A two day workshop tutored by Susan J Foulkes.  Cost:  £175.00.  Please book with the museum.

e-mail:  Tel: 01865 270927

Venue: Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW


06 October 2018

Guilds Together - Coventry Inspires

Coventry Guild is hosting a one day event with the Six Guilds (Coventry, Birmingham, Cotswold, Stratford, Walsall & Worcester).  Each Guild will be exhibiting work on the theme of Personal Accessories.  There will be a talk by John Arbon, who will also be selling fibres etc.  Also a book stall and raffle.


Venue: Christ Church, Frankpledge Rd, Coventry, CV3 5GT


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


20 October 2018

Bountiful - A celebration of weaving in NW England by Lostock Weavers

Lostock Weavers are presenting an exhibition of work along with demonstrations of weaving and children's activities.  Traders present will include My Fine Weaving yarn and Don Poritt's Studio Supplies.

Free entry.  10.30 - 4.

Information from Jane Flanagan 07772 455536

Venue: Lostock Parish Centre, Tempest rd, Bolton BL6 4EL

17 November 2018

Sanada-Himo Band Weaving

A half-day workshop tutored by Susan J Foulkes.  Cost:  £22.  Note that places are limited.  Please book with the museum.

Tel: 0191 334 5694


Venue: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH


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