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British Textile Biennial

In a great range of exhibitions and installations across East Lancashire, BTB tells the story of textiles, across continents and centuries, in the service of fast fashion, expression and identity.

For 2021 BTB turned its attention to the global nature of textiles and the relationships they create, both historically and now, with a major new commission by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, fashion historian Amber Butchart as guest curator, a groundbreaking, sustainable fashion project with designer Patrick Grant and a collaboration with artist James Fox and actor Maxine Peake.

Running from 1 – 31 October (with some exhibitions still open) this years Biennial exhibitions and events were attended by audiences of over 64,000 and still counting…check our Programme for details of exhibitions still running.

BTB23 looks at the environmental and human costs of the textile industry at the service of fast fashion over the last two centuries and explores possible alternatives. In artist commissions, public conversations and international collaborations, BTB23 asks if the creation of cloth can be a regenerative act – regenerating nature and people.