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British Textile Biennial

The British Textile Biennial 2019 threw a spotlight on the nation’s creativity, innovation and expression in textiles against the backdrop of the impressive infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire.

Attended by over 54,000 people throughout October 2019 we brought artists, communities and audiences together to explore fabric as a means of expression; exploring textiles as a vehicle for protest and cultural identity in installations, performances and art works that took a dynamic look at our relationship with that most basic and ancient of human creations, cloth.

British Textile Biennial returns in 2021 running from 1 – 31st October with new artist commissions, exhibitions and performances presented against the backdrop of the impressive infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire. In 2021,BTB21 turns 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 and fashion historian Amber Butchart as guest curator.

Once again British Textile Biennial invites artists to co-create with the communities that live here, often using the spaces that the textile industry created to present the results.