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Current Events

Until 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


Until 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


Until 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


Future Events

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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