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EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

Listed below are a selection of textile-related exhibitions and events.  Click on the title (underlined) to be taken to the relevant website and learn more.  Events at the same venue are grouped together.  We hope you enjoy your visit – whether online or in person. Or visit our Facebook page which is regularly updated with exciting new textile events.

Blooming Threads

This exhibition delves deep into the Embroiderers’ Guild Collection to reveal fascinating and inspiring examples of stitched flowers – both modern and historical – from around the world.  The exhibition is based on this beautiful book by Annette Collinge. 

EXTENDED until further notice

Discover Bucks Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP

Watch Will Phillips, Discover Bucks Keeper of Social History, discuss his top 5 exhibits from this exhibition.  See also talks, workshops and courses by the Embroiderers’ Guild.

 

Making 50 – Celebrating Innovative Textile Practice by the Textile Study Group

A celebratory exhibition by one of the UK’s most prestigious and respected groups of textile artists and tutors.

Until April 27th 2024

Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS

 

Costumes of Bandō Tamasaburō V

A free exhibition of six spectacular kimonos belonging to the kabuki actor Bandō Tamasaburō V will be on display in the Textiles Gallery for a year. Tamasaburō is the most popular and celebrated onnagata (male actor who performs female roles) currently on stage.

Until 8th December 2024

Textiles Gallery 5, Lower ground floor, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

 

Sheldon Tapestry Map: Oxfordshire

Woven in wool and silk, this huge Elizabethan tapestry map is currently on display at the Weston Library.  See also a film by the Bodleian’s Maps team, about this spectacular tapestry map. 

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

 

Fashion City

An exhibition revealing the major contribution Jewish designers played in making London an iconic fashion city.  Watch film trailer here.

Until 14th April 2024

The Museum of London Docklands, No 1, West India Quay, Hertsmere Rd, London E14 4AL

 

The Fabric of Democracy

This exhibition explores printed propaganda  textiles over more than two centuries, from the French Revolution to Brexit. 

Until 3rd March 2024

Fashion and Textile Museum, London SE1 3XF

See also WORKSHOPS and TALKS at the FTM ……………. In addition to TALKS ON DEMAND

 

Oh Boy!  Boy’s Dress 1760-1930

A display exploring the overlooked world of historical boy’s dress through a collector’s eye.

Until 3rd March 2024

Fashion and Textile Museum, London SE1 3XF

See also WORKSHOPS and TALKS at the FTM ……………. In addition to TALKS ON DEMAND

 

The Biba Story, 1964-1975

OPENING SOON; An exhibition exploring how fashion phenomenon Biba blossomed to become the world’s first lifestyle label.

22nd March 2024 – 8th September 2024

Fashion and Textile Museum, London SE1 3XF

See also WORKSHOPS and TALKS at the FTM ……………. In addition to TALKS ON DEMAND

 

The Royal School of Needlework and Five Coronations 1902 -1923

EXTENDED until May 2024

This special display features archive objects from the RSN’s experience of working on five coronations including images of the RSN team at work in 1902, 1937, 1953 and 2023.

Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU

Classes and courses here and talks, exhibitions and events here See also the RSN Stitchbank

 

Gabrielle Chanel.  Fashion Manifesto

The first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturiere, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, charting the establishment of the House of CHANEL and the evolution of her iconic design style which continues to influence the way women dress today.

EXTENDED until 10th March 2024

Some tickets currently available, but probably not for long!  Become a V&A member to see this exhibition without booking in advance.

The V & A Museum, London

 

DIVA

DIVA celebrates the power and creativity of iconic performers, exploring and redefining the role of ‘diva’ and how this has been subverted or embraced over time across opera, stage, popular music and film.

Until 7th April 2024

The V & A Museum, London

 

Beguiling Beni: Safflower Red in Japanese Fashion

The Japanese dye ‘beni’, made from safflower petals, produces red hues and an iridescent green.  This display reveals its many uses in fashion, from heel-less shoes by Noritaka Tatehana, to textiles, cosmetics and ukiyo-e woodblock prints.  Free display

Until 31st March 2024

The V & A Museum, London

 

COLLECT ART FAIR 2024

Celebrating 20 years; the leading international fair for contemporary craft and design

1 – 3 March 2024 (previews 28 – 29 February)

Somerset House, London

 

SARGENT AND FASHION

An exhibition showing how Sargent used fashion as a powerful tool to express identity and personality.

OPENING SOON; 22nd February – 7th July 2024

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

 

DAVID MORRISH

DAVID MORRISH - Kingfly: In My Safe Space

Introducing David's inaugural solo exhibition, a fascinating portrayal of his artistic journey. From his award-winning debut at the 2019 Hand & Lock to his current explorations at the Royal School of Needlework, David's artistic evolution comes vividly to life.

Until 3rd March 2024

See also details of a talk by David Morrish on Saturday 17th February 2024

Sunbury Gallery, The Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 6AB

 

UNRAVEL – The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art

In this major group exhibition, 50 international, intergenerational artists use textiles to communicate vital ideas about power, resistance and survival.

OPENING SOON; 13th February – 26th May 2024

The Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

 

NIGEL HURLSTONE ; THE WIND FROM THE FEET OF THE DEAD

A new body of work , Nigel Hurlstone presents 30 life size works digitally printed on to cloth and then embroidered, examining challenging themes. 

Until 17th March 2024

Ruthin Craft Centre, the Centre for the Applied Arts, Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1BB

 

SUE HILEY HARRIS – WEAVING UNEARTHED

An exhibition of the latest work by sculptor-weaver Sue Hiley Harris, revealing her fascination for experimental woven structures. 

Until 17th March 2024

Ruthin Craft Centre, the Centre for the Applied Arts, Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1BB

 

The Stitch Festival 2024

21st – 24th March 2024

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH

 

New Designers 2024

26th – 29th June 2024 (Week 1 including textiles) 3rd – 6th July 2024 (Week 2)

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH

 

The Festival of Quilts 2024

1st – 4th August 2024

NEC, Birmingham

 

The Knitting and Stitching Shows 2024

10th – 13th October 2024 at Alexandra Palace, London

7th – 10th November 2024 at the Titanic Business Centre, Belfast

21st - 24th November 2024 at HCC, Harrogate

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