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Current Events

Until 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


Until 26 May 2018

Our Linen Stories

The exhibition shows work by contemporay designers highlighting the heritage of Scottish linen and the sustainabale nature of the fibre.  Talks and events are associated with the exhibition.  It will also tour to other venues within Scotland (Selkirk, Kirkcaldy, Badenoch - details not available at present) and later to Ireland and the Netherlands. 

The Gayfield Design Commission

Venue: Custom Lane, Custom Wharf, 67 Commercial St., Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LH


Until 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.


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 03 June 2018

Weaving Week 2018 - Weaving with Wool

A number of weaving events in the Dutch province of Friesland where the provincial capital, Leeuwarden, will be the 2018 European Capital of Culture.

 The Dutch 'Weavingnetwork', is actively working together with the textile festival and foundation ‘Wol in de Hoofdrol’ (Wool in the Leading Role).  
Since the Friesian Dairy Sheep are taking center stage, our motto is ‘Weaving and Wool’. 

Programme details on the website


Until 19 June 2018

Select Spring Festival – Gloucestershire

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


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 01 July 2018

The Making of the Great Scottish Tapestry

A stitched textile depicting the history of Scotland. The story of how the tapestry was created is shown alongside the panels.

Daily: 10 - 5  Tickets: £5 (consessions £4)

Venue: New lanark World heritage Site, Lanark, Scotland ML11 9DB


Until 11 July 2018

Screen for Another Focus: David Penny

Part of the 10 year anniversary of Dovecot's new life at the old Infirmary Street Baths, Edinburgh. Artist David Penny has created an exhibition of photography and video work interpreting the craftsmanship of the weavers at the Dovecot Tapestry Studio.

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


Until 02 September 2018

A Celebration of Flowers

Work by Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth on the theme of flowers and colour.  Includes textiles (quilts and needlepoint) and ceramics.  Lunchtime tours (Thursdays) and talks by Candace Bahouth (27 June) and Kaffe Fassett (25 July).

Venue: Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath BA2 4AT


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


Until 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


Until 11 November 2018

A Taste for the Exotic: European Silks of the Eighteenth Century

A selection of silks decorated with chinoiseries or 'bizarre' motifs from the eighteenth century.  These colourful and highly patterned fabrics were popular for ladies gowns and men's attire. 

Details on the Abegg-Stiftung website:

Venue: Wener Abeggsrasse 67 CH3132 Riggisberg Switzerland


Until 13 December 2018

Resists: exporing resist-dyed textiles across cultures

The exhibition will draw from items within the ULITA collection, particularly showcasing two relatively recent significant collections to come to ULITA: the Coleman Indonesian Collection and the West African O’Hear Collection.

The exhibition will be accompanied by full events programme.

Open: Tuesdays – Thursdays 09:30 – 16:30, Fridays by appointment

NB.  The gallery is occasionally closed - please check the website for closures.

Venue: St.Wilfred’s Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT


Until 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


Future Events

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


02 June 2018

World Textile Day: Central England

Exhibition and fair trade market of world textiles. Includes talks b specialists. 2018 theme:  Working Together

Venue: King’s Sutton Millenium Memorial Hall, Astrop Rd, King’s Sutton, Banbury, OX17 3PG.


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

16 June 2018

World Textile Day: Bridge of Allan, Scotland

Exhibition and fair trade market of world textiles.  Talks.  2018 theme:  Working Together

Venue: Bridge of Allan Parish Church of Scotlan, 12 Keir St, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NW.


16 - 17 June 2018

Woolly Worstead Weekend

Worstead Weavers Workshop - includes sheep-shearing demonstrations, demos and 'have a go' crochet, knitting, spinning, weaving and felting.

Patchwork & quilting exhibition and other attractions

Selling fleece, yarn, fabric, books equipments etc.

Refreshments available

Venue: Weavers Workshop, Dilham, NR28 9PT


16 June 2018

Friendship Day: Pembrokeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinner & Dyers

Sales tables, fleeces, raffle etc. 

Talk by Ritta Sinkkonen Davies: My Life as a Weaver

Contact: Bettina Becker

Venue: Bloomfield Centre, Narberth, Pembrokeshire

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


06 - 18 July 2018

Margins: TAGS Textile Art Group Suffolk

Textile art by members of the Textile Art Group Suffolk.

Event:  Sunday 8 July 2018, 2 - 4 pm - meet the artist

Venue: The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk IP17 1SR


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 - 29 July 2018

Textile Creations – Glasgow

AGWSD National Exhibition

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


08 September 2018

World Textile Day: East of England

Exhibition and fair trade market of world textiles.  Talks. 2018 theme: Working Together

Venue: Mundford Village Hall, St Leonards St, Mundford, near Thetford, IP26 5DW.


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


29 September 2018

World Textile Day: North of England, Cheshire

Exhibition and fair trade market of world textiles.  Talks. 2018 theme: Working Together

Venue: Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN


03 - 04 October 2018

Linen Biennale Conference 2018

The conference will expand new thinking associated with Ireland’s oldest textile


Conference fee: £185 (concessions £100)

Venue: Lisburn Civic Centre, Northern Ireland


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


06 October 2018

West Wales Wool Show

Yarns, fibres, equipment, demonstrations, tombola etc.  Free entry.

Venue: Queens Hall & Plas Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth, Pembrokeshire


06 October 2018

World Textile Day: West of England

Exhibition and fair trade market of world textiles. Talks. 2018 theme: Working Together

Venue: Saltford Hall, Wedmore Rd, Saltford, Bristol, BS31 3BY


09 October - 16 November 2018

The Braid Society 25th Anniversary Exhibition

A special exhibition of work by Braid Society members from UK and beyond

Opening times Monday to Friday 9am - 4:30pm + some Saturdays



Venue: Gallery 3, The Gateway Education and Arts Centre, Chester Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB

Website: http://

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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