The Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers


In view of the government advice to combat the coronavirus outbreak please check with the event website before visiting any of the exhibitions / events listed here.

Note: only regions that currently have live events appear in the drop-down menu.

Current Events

Until 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


Until 19 April 2020

Gladys Paulus: Hinterland

An exhibition by a textile artist working mainly in the medium of hand-made felt.

Venue: Green Hill Arts, Fore Street, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 8LL


Until 30 April 2020

From Hand to Cloth

Contemporary Textiles by Mary Lee Murphy. Batik on cotton, silk and linen.

Venue: Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn BT28 1AG


Until 02 May 2020


Work by Ruth Broadbent and Tyra Till, incorporating hand-dyed fibes and handspun yarn.

Felting workshop information:

Venue: The Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek ST13 6AD


Until 03 May 2020

Tessellation 2020

To coincide with the Turner Contemporary's new exhibition: We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South,  a 6-piece installation of Margo Selby's handwoven art works, Tessellation 2020 is on show.

The main exhibition, includes a number of Gee's Bend quilts, which for many years have resonated with Margo in her textiles and art practice. 

Venue: Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG


Until 14 June 2020

Fabric: Touch and Identity

The exhibition explores how clothes and textiles conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance. Featuring works by Vivenne Westwood, Dorothea Tanning, Raisa Kabir, and Cathy de Monchaux, as well as new commissions including Fanfair, an immersive installation by Reiko Sudo.

Venue: Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ


Until 14 June 2020

Weaving In Wales

Woven wall-hangings by Eta Ingham inspired by the the land and seascapes of North Wales.

Shown in the Long Gallery

Venue: Oriel Mon, Rhosmeirch, Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7TQ


Until 21 June 2020

Sustainable Textiles: Made to Last

A small exhibition of textiles from the Oriel's textile collection, including several garments and examples of Welsh doublecloth.

Displayed in the History Gallery

Venue: Oriel Mon, Rhosmeirch, llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7TQ


Future Events

14 April - 02 May 2020

Window on Weaving

An exhibition of work by members of the South East / London Group of the British Tapestry Group.

Venue: Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA


18 April - 24 May 2020

Textile: Women Designers of the Twentieth Century

This exhibition celebrates the vision of the leading textile designers from the 1950s – 70s and will introduce their iconic work to new collectors as well as to those who lived surrounded and uplifted by their bold vison and style. Throughout the period this inspired group of women brought modern and contemporary art into the home through their textile designs, democratising modern art in the process.

Venue: Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW


29 April - 03 May 2020

Shadows and Reflections

The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers exhibition.

Venue: Southwark Catherdral, London Bridge, LE1 9DA


02 May - 29 June 2020

A Touch of Ruby

An exhibition of members' work to celebrate the Ulster Guild's 40th anniversary and its rich heritage of weavers, spinners and dyers.

Open: Mon & Thurs: 9:00am - 8:00pm; Tues, Weds, Fri: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:30pm

Admission: free

Venue: Belfast Central Library, Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1E.

04 - 10 May 2020

Foraged Colour

Four artists collaborate for an exhibition of contemporary textiles andclothing that challenges current practices within the textile industry. Foraged Colour will exemplify closed loop and zero air miles production, through the use of British wool and foraged materials. Workshops will accompany the exhibition.

Venue: Lansdown Hall, Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucester G5 1BB


07 - 23 May 2020

Fabric of the North

Exhibition by members of the Northern Group of the British Tapestry Group. Contemporary tapestries related to the themes of industrial archaeology, social history and the landscape of the North.

Talks (tickets on sale from January, 2020 check website for more details)

6 May, 6:00pm Michael Crompton - Exhibition Preview and Talk: Woven Tapestries, Woven Stories

20 May, 6:00pm Ruth Bell - Talk: Tapestry Weaving on Jewish Themes

23 May, 9:30–3:00 Alastair Duncan - Talk: Developing New Ideas in Tapestry

Workshops (tickets on sale from January, 2020 check website for more details)

23 May, 6:00pm Alastair Duncan -: ‘Weaving Sound’

23 May, 2:30–5:00 Jane Walkley - Workshop: ‘3D Mixed-Media Weaving’

Venue: Arkwright Mill, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3RQ


08 May - 05 July 2020

Thread Running Through by Textilia3

The lndscape in which we live, meet and work is the northern landscape largely shaped by textiles. Textilia3 explore the thread that runs through our stories, landscape and work, creating a body of work that weaves together mill workers and owners, beauty created and the price paid, the heritage we live and take forward.

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


10 May - 04 July 2020

Theo Wright - Out of Synch

Out of Synch is a new project in which Theo Wright takes woven design elements that are usually synchronised and looks at what happens if he disrupts the design, so that these elements go 'out of synch'.

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


22 - 24 May 2020

International Contemporary Tapestry Symposium & Exhibition

Includes a Symposium, three exhibitions and 3 Master Workshops. The exhibitions are: Tapestry 20/20; Interconnections; and TIMELINES on the edge.

Further details on the Project Baa Baa website.

Part of the Galway European City of Culture programme.

Venue: National University of Ireland, Galway


30 May - 28 June 2020

Inuit Sculpture and Textile Exhibition

An exhibition which is dedicated to the sculpture and textiles of Inuit people. This selection of works has been curated by Pat Feheley, Director of one of the last remaining commercial galleries in Canada dedicated exclusively to traditional and contemporary art from the Canadian Artic and an expert on the work of Inuit textile artists. 

Venue: Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW


06 - 07 June 2020

John Arbon Textiles: Mill Open Weekend

Vintage machinery; yarns and fibres: tea and cake. One of only a handful of small-scale worsted spinning mills still operating in the UK. During the weekend the mill is open for viewings throughout both days, so people can see and learn about our vintage spinning and processing machinery. Check website for details.

Venue: John Arbon Textiles Mill, Unit 5 & 6 Hacche Lane Business Park, Pathfields Industrial Estate, South Molton, Devon EX36 3JB


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


20 June 2020

Annual Fleece Fair - Somerset Guild

Fleeces available from breeders including rare breed sheep & alpacas.

Demonstration, Refreshments, Yarn, Tops and equipment for sale.

9.30am - 2pm

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


03 - 09 August 2020

Colours of Peru

An exhibition tapestries by the Peruvian artist Maximo Laura. Check for details of workshops.

Maximo Laura will be present on the first day of the exhibition.

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


29 August - 12 September 2020

Realm of Coast and Water

An exhibition by members of the Scottish Group of the British Tapestry Group.

Venue: The Tolbooth, 4 High Street, Lanark, ML11 7EX


04 - 28 September 2020

Tapestry Touring International - Interface

30 artists from England and Canada present their woven tapestries in this international touring exhibition, where these small-scale artworks show a range of different approaches to tapestry weaving.
Each tapestry takes inspiration from the exhibition title: Interface.

Venue: The Guildhall, Much Wenlock, Shropshire


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


06 - 26 September 2020

A Touch of Ruby

An exhibition to celebrate the Ulster Guild's 40th anniversary and its rich heritage of weavers, spinners and dyers.

Venue: Cregagh Library, Belfast BT6 0LF


06 - 09 October 2020

International Association on Colour in Avignon

The Centre Francais de la Couleur is hosting the next international Conference of AIC, Association internationale de la Couleur/International Association on Colour in Avignon, France, plus two days of optional visits on the 10th and 11th October. The twin themes of the event are “Natural Colors - Digital Colours”. Oral presentations, posters and exhibitions on these themes will take place in the Palace of the Popes, a vast medieval monument overlooking the Rhone river in Avignon.

The outline of the programme, information on registration and fees and call for submissions are available on the website: 

NB. Click on EN in the top line of the web page for the English version.

Venue: Popes Palace, Avignon, France


23 October - 24 January 2001

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom

 A collection with an extraordinary story, spanning hundreds of years and thousands of miles. For many years Chintz was a closely guarded secret, however, by the 18th century chintz had become more widely accessible. The lightweight, washable, gaily coloured and boldly patterned cottons eventually became a sensation throughout England and across Europe.

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom was originally curated by The Fries Museum, The Netherlands and features its renowned collection of Indian and European chintz textiles.



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


24 October - 30 December 2020

World of Threads Festival

Call for submissions opens April 2020. Details of the exhibitions will be available on the website later in the year. Galleries of past exhibits available on the website.

Venue: Oakville, Ontario, Canada


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