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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.

 

ART WITHOUT HEROES: MINGEI

The most wide-ranging exhibition in the UK dedicated to Japanese folk-craft, including textiles; well worth a visit.

Until 22nd September 2024

The William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London E17 4PP

 

HAND AND LOCK; VISIT THE ATELIER AS PART OF LONDON CRAFT WEEK

Studio tours are bookable for Tuesday 14th May and Wednesday 15th May; other dates sold out! Taster courses in goldwork are also available; look here for details.

 

 UKRANIAN FOLK ART

200 embroidered items, pysanky decorated eggs, beaded jewellery, Petrykivka art and woodwork, plus a Ukraine map embroidered by women recently arrived in Bedford due to the war.

Until 11th May 2024 Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 4 p.m.

John Bunyan Museum Basement Gallery, Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

 

EDWARD BAWDEN AND ME

This inspiring exhibition shows how thirty contemporary artists and makers have responded to works by Edward Bawden in The Higgins Bedford Collection, textile artists included.  Highly recommended.

Until 13th October 2024

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD

 

STITCHING THE DECADES; SUE RANGELEY – EMBROIDERED ORIGINALS 1974 – 2024

Sue Rangeley’s latest exhibition takes a backwards glance, showing highlights from a fascinating life as a textile artist. 

11th May – 5th June 2024   Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5 p.m. plus Bank Holidays

Court Barn, Church Street, Chipping Campden, GL55 6JE

 

MARY FARMER; A LIFE IN TAPESTRY

From the late 1960s to the 1990s Mary Farmer was at the forefront of radical textile art, creating striking, abstract tapestries. The exhibition celebrates the donation of the Mary Farmer archive to the Crafts Study Centre.

7th May – 7th September 2024

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

FRIEDA TORANZO JAEGER: A FUTURE IN THE LIGHT OF DARKNESS

The first UK solo exhibition of new and recent intricately embroidered multi-panel works by this Mexico City-based artist.

Until 26th May 2024 closed on Mondays

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

 

COSTUMES OF BANDO TAMASABURO 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.

 

SHELTON 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

 

EARTH THREADS

The sixth biennial exhibition of the British Tapestry Group, South-East Region. 

Until 23rd June 2024

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

 

NEW SKIN FOR THE OLD CEREMONY

A solo exhibition by David Batchelor featuring newly commissioned work including textile and intricate glass beadwork.

Until 10th May 2024    Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

3G Royal Oak Yard, Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3GE

 

OUT SHOPPING: THE DRESSES OF MARION AND MAUD SAMBOURNE (1880-1910)

An immersive exhibition, showcasing hardly seen, rare surviving examples by leading dressmakers of the era.      Until 20th October 2024

Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ open Wednesdays to Mondays and Sambourne House 18 Stafford Terrace, London W8 7BH open Wednesdays to Sundays, both

10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

 

FASHION CITY

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

Extended until 7th July 2024

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

 

THE BIBA STORY 1964-1975

This exhibition explores how fashion phenomenon Biba blossomed to become the world’s first lifestyle label.

Until 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

 

NAOMI

The first exhibition of its kind exploring the extraordinary career of fashion model Naomi Campbell.

Opens Saturday 22nd June 2024

The V and A Museum, London

 

SARGENT AND FASHION

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

Until 7th July 2024

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

 

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.

Until 26th May 2024

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

 

SAVE THE DATE

 

LONDON CRAFT WEEK 13TH – 19TH MAY 2024

 

For Bucks Art Weeks 8th – 23rd  June 2024

       Oxfordshire Art Weeks May Festival 4th – 27th May 2024

 

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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