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Current Events

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 23 December 2018

A Nomad's Art: Kelims of Anatolia

Woven to adorn tents and camel caravans, kelims are enduring records of life in Turkey's nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art.

Venue: The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, Washington DC 20052


Until 23 December 2018

Faig Ahmed: Non-visual Language

Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed creates woven carpets that throw traditional patterns into chaos.  This exhibition introduces new works inspired by ancient Peruvian textiles in the Textile Museum's collection and field research in the Peruvian Amazon and Mexico.

Venue: The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, Washington DC 20052


Until 06 January 2019

Contemporary Muslim Fashions

Contemporary Muslim Fashions is the first major museum exhibition to explore the complex, diverse nature of Muslim dress codes worldwide. The exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover their heads and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities, and in so doing have drawn mass media attention to contemporary Muslim life.

Venue: de Young Fine Arts Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Fransico, USA


Until 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


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


Until 27 January 2019

Indian Threads: textile inspirations

This exhibition is a celebration of a wider exchange project known as Threads. Artists from Wales and artisans from Kachchh in rural Gujarat have shared studio time and field trips, community traditions and personal experiences.

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

Website: http://www.

Until 31 January 2019


Hakata Ori is regarded as one of most well-known examples of woven textiles in Japan. Weaving in Hakata (now known as Fukuoka City) is said to date back to 1241 and this year is an auspicious one for local weavers as they celebrate 777 years since the beginnings of Hakata Ori. Traditional Hakata obi (belts) became highly regarded for their strength and durability, enjoying popularity amongst samurai for the ability to hold their swords in place and also the patronage of the shōgun for many centuries.

This exhibition retraces the history of weaving from this area of Kyushu at the same time as putting the spotlight on its modern weaves. Protecting the heritage and customs of the past whilst preparing for the future is essential for any traditional craft to prosper in modern times. Today, Hakata Ori craftsmen create a broad array of items for display as well as for everyday use.

Open weekdays 09:30 - 17:30, closed weekends. Please note the Embassy is closed 23 November, 25-26 December and 31 December – 3 January inclusive.
Admission is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Embassy.

Venue: The Embassy of Japan, 101 - 104 Picadilly, London W1J 7JT


Until 24 February 2019

Sound and Weave

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

Venue: The Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ

Website: http://

Until 01 March 2019

Threads Bearing Witness: Alice Kettle

From the Barberini Tapestries to the Bayeux Tapestry, monumental textiles in the form of large-scale narrative embroideries, weaving and tapestries have been used to illustrate contemporary events to become enduring material chronicles. Thread Bearing Witness is a major new series of large textiles, and other works, to be shown at the Whitworth, that considers cultural heritage, refugee displacement and movement, while engaging with individual migrants and their creativity within the wider context of the global refugee crisis.

Alice Kettle is a highly regarded contemporary artist focused upon stitched textiles, a powerful medium through which to explore these themes. Thread Bearing Witness represents displacement though the migration of stitches, using the three strands of artistic representation, participation and creative resilience, testing ways of belonging within a cultural space, and using textile as a medium of integration, collective expression and resilience to displacement.

Venue: Whitworth Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER


Until 03 March 2019

Colour & Abstraction / Generations in Dialogue

An exhibition presenting a broad spectrum of abstract textile works from the 1960s to the present.

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


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 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 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://

Future Events

21 - 22 December 2018

Craft / Art Works

Includes work by international felt artist Gladys Paulus.  More details available on the website closer to the date of the exhibition.

Venue: Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB


02 February - 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


01 March - 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


09 - 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://

16 March - 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


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


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


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


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


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.

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


24 - 29 August 2019


A celebration of all things woolly, showcasing the best of British alongside selected artisans from around the world. 

Venue: Anglesey Showground Anglesey, Wales LL65 4RW


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


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