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Current Events

Until 25 January 2020

Barbara Rae CBE RA: Tapestries and Rugs

Marking 25 years of collaborative working, Dovecot Studios are excited to be working with Royal Academician painter and master printmaker Barbara Rae CBE RSA on a significant new tapestry titled Peel Sound Ice.

This new tapestry celebrates the artist’s critically acclaimed recent body of work exploring the Northwest Passage in the Arctic region, which was shown at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in 2018 for the first time.

The display will be held on the Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony. The viewing times are as follows:

Mon-Fri:               12.00-15.00

Saturday:             10.30-17:30

Open Sunday during August: 10.30-17.30

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


Until 26 January 2020

Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label. This retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend.

Venue: 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF


Until 26 January 2020

Tapestry Showcase

An exhibition of small scale tapestries by amateur and emerging artists staged by the Cordis Prize for Tapestry.

The venue is the Scottish Cafe & Restaurant within the National Galleries of Scotland.

Venue: National galleries of Scotland, The mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL


Until 30 January 2020

Over Under : Over Under

Part of the Society of Scottiish Artists exhibition. Over Under : Over Under has been organised by The Cordis Tapestry Prize.

A celebration of the woven form the exhibition focuses on a selection of artists whose work is constructed in a similar way to tapestry, or whose techniques resonate with tapestry, whether through the interlacing of materials or of a repetative gesture.

Venue: Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL


Until 23 February 2020

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth 1: The Bacton Altar Cloth

See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I and the iconic Rainbow Portrait, this autumn at Hampton Court Palace.

The only surviving example of Elizabeth I's dresses

Following new research and conservation, Historic Royal Palaces Curators believe that the Bacton Altar Cloth once formed part of a dress worn by Elizabeth herself.

Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU.


Until 01 March 2020


This exhibition shows the breadth of the textiles at the Whitworth that are made with this method of weaving. Morris and Co., Grayson Perry, Marta Rogoyska and Eduardo Paolozzi hangings sit alongside thick kelims from Central Asia, fine silk kesi from China and early fragments from Peru and Egypt: the first known civilisations to have made tapestries. Sacrifice and celebration, hunting and the hunted, female ideologies and class, politics and taste are threaded through the many versions of this global technique.

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

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Until 08 March 2020

Alchemy - Textile Art Group

The dictionary defines alchemy as the process of taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary.
TAG is a group of textile artists who meet regularly once a month producing innovative work which can be shared through exhibitions, competitions, workshops and talks.
Eco printing was one such workshop led by one of the members. This inspired others to explore this theme further, producing unique pieces with beautiful colours and patterns both on fabric and paper. Some of these have been enhanced on the computer and printed on fabric, some have been hand or machine stitched, some made into books. Ideas for the exhibition have come from nature, playing bridge, a 10th century herbalist and the Big Bang.

Venue: Farfield Mill Garsdale Road Sedbergh Cumbria LA10 5LW


Until 14 March 2020

Made by Pringle

Pringle of Scotland, knitwear producers, was at one time the largest employer in Hawick, with a worldwide reputation. As part of the celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of Borders Textile Towerhouse, we have drawn from the largest collection in our archives to chart the company’s design history in the 20th century.

Venue: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9 9EN


Until 18 March 2020

Patterns from the Past - The Point Paper Company

Prior to the advent of computers, drawings of woven textile patterns were translated by craftsmen onto special graph papers called point papers. 'Patterns from the Past' shows a selection of designs of this now historic textile craft.

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


Until 29 March 2020

Woven Waves: The Battle of Jutland

The Jutland Tapestries’ showcases artist Katie Russell’s series of tapestry weavings inspired by the Battle of Jutland. This innovative exhibition weaves together naval history, science and art. Visitors will gain insight into Katie’s research undertaken at the Sea War Museum Jutland. Through a series of objects and artworks the history of tapestry weaving is explored.

Venue: Scottish Maritime Museum, Linthouse Building, Harbour Rd, Irvine KA12 8BT


Future Events

25 January - 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


05 - 14 February 2020

Ten Plus @ Quiltfest 2020

A retrospective from Ten Plus Textiles

Venue: The Museum, Parade Street, Llangollen LL20 8PW


29 February 2020

Darlington Wool Festival

Showcasing textiles artists, wool traders and all things relating to wool in Darlington. The programme covers spinning, knitting, weaving and crochet activities throughout the day whilst having stalls, animals to see and trading stands.

Venue: Darlington Covered Market, Horse market, Darlington DL1 5PN


13 - 15 March 2020

Japanese Textiles and Craft Event

Exhibition of a range of Japanese textiles, plus workshops and demonstrations. Organised by Freeweavers Saori Studio.

Venue: Isle of Dogs, London


14 March - 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


14 March - 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


20 March - 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


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


29 April - 03 May 2020

Shadows and Reflections

The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers exhibition.

Venue: Southwark Catherdral, London Bridge, LE1 9DA


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 June 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


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


03 - 09 August 2020

Colours of Peru

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

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


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 - 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


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