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Current Events

Until 23 March 2019

Ten Plus @ Warrington: Beneath The Layers

A new exhibition of contemporary textile art inspired by the social and natural history of Warrington.


Venue: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington WA1 1JB


Until 23 March 2019

Subversive Stitch

A group show of textile-based works, incorporating embroidery, weaving, carpet, tapestry, clothes and sculpture. The title is taken from the 1984 book by feminist art historian Rozsika Parker ‘The Subversive Stitch – Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine’, and subsequent 1988 touring exhibition in Manchester at the Whitworth and Cornerhouse curated by Pennina Barnett. For centuries embroidery had been a craft most closely aligned with women, holding connotations of domestic and the feminine, and ranked below the fine art mediums of painting and sculpture. Then, in the wake of William Morris and the Arts and Craft movement of the late 19th century, and continuing via the Suffrage Movement of the early 20th, it made its burgeoning presence felt when empowered women artists harnessed its use, subverting the very medium that had previously defined their position in art and society. Today although it is still heavily, if no longer solely, a woman’s medium, its subversive legacy continues; embracing the political, the innovative, the technical and often unconventional, whilst redefining its status as a serious art form.

Venue: TJ Boulting, 59 Riding House Street, London W1W 7EG


Until 31 March 2019

Sound and Weave

A new touring exhibition of work by members of the British Tapestry Group.

Venue: Foyer, Dynefor Building, Swansea College of Art, De le Beche Street, Swansea SA1 3EU

Website: http://

Until 31 March 2019

Embroidery and Textile Art Exhibition

Over 200 pieces of the finest embroidery and textile art from artists from across the country will be on display (also for sale) within the historic 17th century hall.

Venue: Ramster Gardens, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold Surrey GU8 4SN


Until 31 March 2019

Hampshire Artists Co-operative

Hampshire Artists' Co-operative is an artist led group exhibiting contemporary art, ceramics, paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery and textiles, including tapestries by Hilary Charlesworth.

The event is free but normal National Trust admission charges apply.

Venue: Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0LA


Until 21 April 2019

Embroidered Stories - Scottish samplers

Get an insight into the lives of children in the 18th and 19th centuries through this unique collection of Scottish samplers on loan from American collector Leslie B. Durst.

Venue: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF


Until 22 April 2019

Ctrl / Shift: New Directions in Textile Art

The creative tension between accomplished skill, experimentation and the development of new ideas, provides the starting point for Ctrl/Shift, the latest exhibition from The 62 Group of Textile Artists. The exhibition enables participating artists to explore projects which manifest as transformations in their practice. Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme; in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art. These shifts may be around changing attitudes to control; the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative and contemporary themes and ideas, and evolving technologies.

Venue: National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW

Website: http://www.

Until 25 April 2019

Material: Textile

An exhibition, featuring clothes from 8th century Peru to 21st century Denmark as well as prints, rugs, tapestries and embroideries made by some of the greatest names in Western art.

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


Until 28 April 2019

Danish Tapestry: An Anniversary Exhibition

The 20th anniversary by the Danish Tapestry Group of an exhibition which marked the start of the restoration of the art of tapestry weaving in Denmark.

Venue: Vendsyssel Kuntsmuseum, P Norkjaers Plad 15, 9800 Hjorring, Denmark


Until 30 April 2019

Welsh Costume

A display of Welsh folk dancing costumes made from Welsh flannel.

Venue: National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire SA44 5UP


Until 12 May 2019

Cultural Threads

Textiles as a tool for socio-political reflection.  In a world where boundaries are increasingly blurred the exhibition presents work by contemporary artists.

Venue: TextielMuseum, Goirkestraat 96, 5046 GN Tilburg, Netherlands


Until 19 May 2019

Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles

Fabric Africa is a stunning snapshot of the diversity of modern and historic textiles from across the continent of Africa.

Venue: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL

Website: http://www.bristolmuseums.

Until 19 May 2019

Painting with Cloth

New textiles by Cas Holmes explore the 'in between' spaces connecting land, place and environment.

Venue: Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX


Until 27 May 2019

The 4th Cordis Prize for Tapestry

An exhibition of the shortlisted tapestries for the Cordis Prize 2019.

Venue: Inverleith House Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Arboretum Place/Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR


Until 01 June 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 09 June 2019

Weaving the Coast

Exhibition in the Long Gallery at Oriel Ynys Mon. Tapestries by Ros Hornbuckle.

These tapestries celebrate the beauty of the coast of Wales. Mountains, sea, beach, rocks, birds and sky, and the ever changing effect of weather and light, are all my inspiration.

The many hours spent weaving the coastenhances my affection for and relationship with this country.

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


Until 27 June 2019


The new TRC exhibition includes examples of velvet dating from the late fifteenth century to the present day. There are over 100 garments and textiles, ranging from samples of cotton, linen, mohair, silk and wool velvet (some of which visitors can touch), velveteens, kuba velvets, to children’s velvet garments, wedding dresses, not to mention a wide range of velvet hats! A real feast for the senses.

Venue: Textile Research centre, Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden, Netherlands


Until 29 June 2019

Orla Keily A Life in Pattern

Popular designer Orla Kiely is celebrated for her plant based patterns that pack a powerful graphic punch on everyday life.

Her flat graphic style and choice of colour palette have chimed with recent nostalgia for vintage style and interiors, this exhibition explores why the rhythms and repeats of her designs have such wide and enduring appeal. With unique access to the company archives, this exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world. Re-visiting the work of other twentieth century luminaries in pattern design, this exhibition explores the story of pattern and how some designs can come to epitomise the style of their time.

This exhibition was previously shown at the Fashion & Textile Museum London.

See the Dovecot Studios website for details of events associated with the exhibition.

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


Until 29 June 2019

Dovecot Patterns

Twenty tapestries woven by Dovecot weavers.

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


Until 14 July 2019

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.

Venue: V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


Future Events

21 - 23 March 2019

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

The UK's premier urban hand knitting show.  Includes a marketplace and workshops.

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


23 March - 12 May 2019

Theo Wright: When Waves Collide

When Waves Collide is a project by Coventry-based textile artist and weaver Theo Wright, that explores a range of interactions between two wave-forms through a collection of handwoven textiles.

Two sine waves are woven into the structure of each textile and the project looks at what happens when the two different waves interact. The waves are incorporated in both the warp and weft of each work, forming patterns of circles and curves that intersect across the fabric.

Theo weaves each piece by hand on a 16-shaft loom using a cotton yarn. The shafts of the loom are threaded in two interleaved sequences that represent the sine waves. The threading is different for each piece in the collection. An interleaved sequence following the same principles is used in the weft.  Bold use of colour emphasises the two wave-forms in each work. 

Venue: National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW


23 March - 06 May 2019

Certaine Wytches. Fear, Myth & Magic

'Certaine Wytches' is an exhibition of large and small-scale knotted tapestries by textile artist Anne Jackson. These contemporary tapestries explore the history of witchcraft and witch-persecution, both as commemoration and as a metaphor for our contemporary fears. The work derives from detailed historical research, using original witch-trial documents and populist pamphlets of the Early Modern period. The work explores and brings to life a dark period of European history with resonances of what is happening in contemporary societies. The voices of the persecuted women are woven into the striking tapestries. 


Alongside these thought provoking works there will be a number of additional events, including a day of artistic and academic discussion at The University of Exeter and free drop-in workshops.

Venue: Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF


27 March 2019

Weaving Our Heritage

The Sheldon Tapestry Maps for Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire are woven in wool and silk, and are fine examples of cartography and decorative art dating from the 1590s. Since 2012, a team of conservators from the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the National Trust have worked together to undertake conservation work on all three of the Bodleian’s tapestry maps, plus on a small set of accompanying fragments. This is an opportunity to view the maps and to hear of the findings from the research.



Venue: Weston Library Blackwell Hall Oxford OX1 3BG


29 March - 15 September 2019

Ancient Textiles from the Andes

This is a rare opportunity to see ancient Andean textiles of this quality and size exhibited in the UK. Through a major loan from the collector Paul Hughes, alongside pieces from the Whitworth, textiles from c300BC to c1400AD are on display. As well as celebrating breath-taking achievements in textile technique and design, this show explores the complexities of their transition from local ritual to a wider international stage. Vitally, acknowledging the human origins of these objects (from tombs and often from bodies themselves) they are part of a programme of debate about ethics, how objects are contextualised and the impact of conservation on how we understand them.

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


30 March - 23 June 2019

Soft Engineering: Textiles Taking Shape

An exhibition by Alison Ellen (knitting); Julie Hedges(ply-split braiding); Ann Richards (weaving); and Deidre Wood (weaving) exploring the fascinating ways that shapes can emerge spontaneously from the interplay of raw materials and structure.

Venue: Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7AL


06 April - 14 July 2019

Under Your Feet: The Contemporary Rug

Under Your Feet: The Contemporary Rug is a celebration of rugs designed in the British Isles. Nineteen of the best rug makers today are represented in this exhibition. Their rugs will be spread out in a colourful, textured and timely reminder that underfoot, or on a wall, rugs remain as vibrant and relevant as any other craft medium.

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

Website: http://

13 April - 19 March 2019

Fearless Colour

seam_collective  members Gill Hewitt and Angie Parker are presenting their textile art together in an exhibition in St Ives.

Venue: salthouse gallery, Norway Sq, St Ives, Cornwall

16 - 27 April 2019


Threads is a group exhibition by Quinary. Threads of memory or memories of thread: through cloth and stitch we explore family, place, missing threads and threads that bind us together and set us free.

11.00am – 4.00pm

Closed Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd

Venue: Lansdown Gallery, Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1BB


27 - 28 April 2019

Wonderwool Wales

Wonderwool Wales covers all aspects of felting, knitting, weaving, spinning & crochet along with textile art, with raw materials, equipment, books & finished products to buy. There are demonstrations and a selection of animals on display including sheep, angora rabbits, angora goats & alpacas.It includes a series of Woolschools throughout the weekend which can be booked in advance online.

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


28 April - 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


03 May - 30 June 2019

Thread: Contemporary Textiles

Thisis an exhibition of all forms of textile arts including embroidery, cross stitch, tapestry and more. The exhibition shows how textile art today goes beyond the purely decorative, showing its connections to folk traditions, abstract art, word and activism.

Venue: Rhegded Centre, Redhill, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DQ


04 - 05 May 2019

Knit & Stitch Show

The show will feature over 40 selected exhibitors from across the UK carefully curated by Sarah Peel of CoolCrafting and Marion Woolcott, formerly of Woolfest, celebrating the finest yarns, natural wool and knits, spinning, weaving, cross stitch, applique, quilting, felting, block printing, haberdashery and much more!  Includes talks, demonstrations, workshops and bookable masterclasses.

Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DQ


07 - 19 May 2019

Material Matters

Jacy Wall, woven tapestries and original prints. Björk Haraldsdóttir, ceramics

Part of the Select Arts Festival 2019

For more information contact

Venue: Lansdown Art Gallery, Stroud, GL5 1BB


07 May - 31 August 2019

Lines and Fragments

Artist and basketmaker Tim Johnson makes contemporary baskets rooted in world traditions. Based on the Mediterranean coast of Catalonia he uses a wide variety of plant materials harvested in the countryside and along the urban margins of his home town. The specific properties of these plant materials combined with diverse techniques gleaned from researches and experimentation give endless possibilities for creativity and expression.

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


11 - 12 May 2019

Buxton Wool Gathering

A wool festival dedicated to the best of yarn, knitting, and crochet, in the gateway to the Peak District.

Venue: Buxton Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BE


18 - 19 May 2019


A celebration of all things woolly.

Venue: Lower Drayton Farm Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5RE


25 May 2019

Tawe Guild Friendship Day

With sales table, raffle, an afternoon talk, refreshments and a few extras!

10.30 - 4.  For more information:


Venue: The Cross, Pontardawe, Swansea SA8 4HU

08 - 09 June 2019


Covering a wide range of textile disciplines from embroidery and mixed media to weaving and felting, Textravaganza will provide a unique opportunity to meet textile artists from across the North, buy their work, discover the workshops they run, and chat about the materials and techniques they use.

Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DQ


15 June 2019

Somerset Fleece Fair

To celebrate seventy years of the Somerset Guild, we are planning an extra big and exciting Fleece Fair this year. You will be able to buy direct from top producers of fleece from a wide variety of sheep and alpaca including lots of rare breeds. Help will be on hand for "fleece novices". Yarns, tops and equipment also on sale. Demonstrations and refreshments.  From 09.30 a.m.


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

Website: http://www.

12 - 24 July 2019

Reflections: Textile Art Group Suffolk

Venue: Snape Maltings, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SP


27 - 28 July 2019

Weavers Market

The Weaver´s Market in Haslach is located in the narrow streets of the oldest part of the town. 100 exhibitors from several nations will be displaying a range of their textile creations, all of them exquisite hand-made products. The market is renowned far beyond the area for the high quality of the goods as well as for its pleasant atmosphere and has been recognised with a prize on several occasions. Every year a mixed jury selects the participants from the several hundred applicants. Beside the Weaver´s Market also the so called „Faserzone“ takes place,  a yarn and material fair where producers and traiders can offer their goods.

Venue: Haslach, Austria


28 - 31 July 2019

European Textile Network Conference 2019

In 2019 the ETN conference will be held in Haslach, Austria. The motto will be ‘Garden of Eden’ thus linking a wide range of cultural and historical themes with questions of today.The European Textile Network (ETN) is an international association founded in 1991 with the aim of promoting exchange between nations and strengthening European community spirit through the textile medium after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Every two years, a large international conference takes place in different countries at locations with a textile background.
From 28th until 31st July 2019 the 19th ETN-conference will be held at the Textile Centre Haslach, a multifunctional place in the north of Austria, where museum, education and production meet under the roof of an old textile mill. Haslach is host to an international textile symposium, called Textile Kultur Haslach, with many workshops, exhibitions and a weavers market. The 2019 ETN conference will be embedded in this event.
The motto of the conference will be ‘Garden of Eden’. Accompanying the ETN conference we will be showing textile exhibitions throughout the region. Visiting these exhibitions and traveling through our beautiful rural region will make you experience the ‘Garden of Eden’ here in Haslach and its surrounding area.

Associated with the conference are workshops, the Weavers Market and exhibitions.  see website for details.

Venue: Haslach, Austria


04 - 11 August 2019

Association Summer School 2019: A Textile Heritage

One week residential Summer School with a wide range of courses offered. Full details of the courses on the website.

Applications close 31 December 2018

Venue: Askham Bryant College, York YO23 3FR


19 August - 28 September 2019

Out of Synch

An exhibition of new work by weaver Theo Wright.

Venue: Handweavers Studio, 140 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7NS


14 September - 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


14 September - 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


21 - 22 September 2019

Tokyo Spinning Party : Hand Weaving

Tokyo Spinning Party has Exhibitors and Trade Stands covering all aspects of Dyeing, Spinning, Weaving, Braiding, Knitting, Crochet, Felting along with Textile Art with raw materials, equipments, books. There are also demonstrations, workshops and lectures. This is the 17th Tokyo Spinning Party.

OPEN : 10:00-17:00
ADMISSION FEE : 1000yen/each day
Please pay at Hall.
Admission for those under 15 years of age is free.

Venue: 3-9-10 Koutoubashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0022 Japan


05 October 2019

West Wales Wool Show 2019

The West Wales Wool Show in Narberth is a celebration of all things woolly. From beautifully hand crafted items, clothing and footwear to knitting wool, fleece and all the equipment needed to make at home. Demonstrations run throughout the day with stall holders sharing their skills and knowledge with visitors plus wool skill workshops such as felting.

Venue: Queens Hall & Hyfrid Hotel, Narberth, Pembrokeshire


12 October 2019

All-Wales Event 2019

The All-Wales Event for Spinners, Weavers and Dyers - suppliers stands, exhibitions of work by the Welsh Guilds, the Guild Challenge, raffle and sales table. Riitta Sinkkonen Davies will give a talk on My Weaving Life.

Venue: Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6BY


12 - 13 October 2019

Wild About Wool

A knitting and wool craft event

Knitting is a traditional craft that has been dated back to the 11th century in Eygpt. A special Wild About Wool knitting event and discover different types of wool and help solve your knitting conundrums by talking to friendly experts.

This event is suitable for all ages and levels, from beginners to experienced knitters.

Venue: Chilterns Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4AB

Website: http:///

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


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.

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


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