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Current Events

Until 24 November 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://http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk

Until 07 December 2019

The Wonders of Wool

The landscape, flora and fauna of Scotland provide inspiration for these vibrant felt art works and other wool felt creations.

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

Website: http://www.liveborders.org.uk

Until 09 December 2019

"Fabrics of a Decorative Character"

Introducing the University of Leeds International Textile Collection (formery known as ULITA) at a new venue.

The display presents highlights of the geographically diverse collections and how these incredible international textiles came to the University of Leeds. It also tells the story of how the collection came about as an early teaching museum in the Yorkshire College over 120 years ago.

On show will be some of the most exquisite and colourful items in the collection—so discover this rich resource today.

Venue: The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Website: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/event/1900/galleries/234/fabrics-of-a-decorative-character-introducing-the-international-textile-collection

Until 14 December 2019

African Textiles

By Hali Publications and Karun Thakar

Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/

Until 24 December 2019

Fabricate: Handmade @ Christmas

Unique artisan gifts from the textile group from the western fells of Cumbria

Venue: Florence Arts Centre, Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR

Website: http://www.florence@florenceartscentre.com

Until 03 January 2020

Weaving Water/Woven Land

An exhibition by the Scottish Regional Group of the British Tapestry Group. As artists we are often inspired by place and the incredible landscape that surrounds us. Beautiful rolling hills, dramatic seascapes, the textures and colours of where we come from gives endless inspiration to artists who weave.  Surrounded by water, with over 6000 miles of coastline, Scotland has more than 790 islands and over 30,000 lochs and lochans and almost 500 Munroes and Corbetts.  How could we not be inspired by what is around us!

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

Website: http://www.farfieldmill.org

Until 04 January 2020

Flax, Fibres and Plant Dyes

Kent Cloth textile works by Francesca Baur.  This approach advocates a slower approach to creating natural local textiles with a story that employs traditional skills, from growing the flax for linen to making natural plant dyes. It is a botanical journey from the flax fields of Belgium and Normandy to the White Cliffs of Dover, and around the 'Garden of England'.

Venue: Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX

Website: https://www.medway.gov.uk/info/200182/arts_and_heritage/303/arts_in_medway/2

Until 12 January 2020

Neil Bottle: All That Remains

A new body of work, as Neil celebrates 30 years as a textile designer. Neil’s fascinating textile hangings in All That Remains are inspired by family photographs, a sense of time passing and how we remember things – in both real and false memories. The textile prints are accompanied by personal, sentimental objects that were the starting point for many of the stories Neil is telling – ‘I like the idea of objects that have history embedded in them,’ he says.

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

Website: http://www.ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Until 12 January 2020

Hannah Ryggen - Woven Manifestos

This exhibition brings together twenty-five monumental tapestries by the Swedish-Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen (1894–1970). Ryggen is one of the most important Scandinavian artists of the twentieth century; she made use of the traditional technique of weaving to share her strong political messages with the public by means of tapestries that could be moved from place to place. She combined urgent political concerns with mythological motifs and everyday topics, and influences of the European avant-garde with elements of folk art, in a unique way.

Venue: Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

Website: https://www.schirn.de/en/

Until 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

Website: http://www.dovecotstudios.com

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

Website: http://www.dovecotstudios.com

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

Website: https://www.ftmlondon.org

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.

Website: http://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/

Until 01 March 2020

Tapestries

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

Website: https:///www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk

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

Website: http://www.liveborders.org.uk

Future Events

28 November - 01 December 2019

Knitting & Stitching Show - Harrogate

Local Guilds organise an Association stand at the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show. The show incudes wide range of textile-related exhibitions, demonstrations and trade stands.

Venue: Harrogate Convention Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA

Website: https:///www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/harrogate/

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

Website: http://www.whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk

18 January - 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

Website: https://www.farfieldmill.org

18 January - 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

Website: https://www.www.farfieldmill.org

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

Website: http://twotempleplace.org/exhibitions/hidden-fabric/

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

Website: https://www.comptonverney.org.uk

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.

www.btg-wovenart.org.uk

Venue: Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA

Website: http://www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk/

07 - 23 May 2020

Fabric of the North

Exhibition by members of the Northern Group of the British Tapestry Group.

www.btg-wovenart.org.uk

Venue: Arkwright Mill, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3RQ

Website: https://www.cromfordmills.org.uk

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

Website: https://www.farfieldmill.org

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

Website: https://www.farfieldmill.org

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 Indistrial Estate, South Molton, Devon EX36 3JB

Website: http://www.jarbon.com

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: guildsgathering@wsd.org.uk

Venue: University of Worcester

Website: http://wipagwsd.wordpress.com/colour-the-full-spectrum/

29 August - 12 September 2020

Realm of Coast and Water

An exhibition by members of the Scottish Group of the British Tapestry Group.

www.btg-woven-art.org.uk

Venue: The Tolbooth, 4 High Street, Lanark, ML11 7EX

Website: https://www.lanark.co.uk/things-do/attractions/tolbooth

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

Website: http://www.wsd.org.uk

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: https://aic2020.org/ 

NB. Click on EN in the top line of the web page for the English version.

Venue: Popes Palace, Avignon, France

Website: https://aic2020.org/

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