British Textile Biennial
Turner Prize-winning Lubaina Himid presents a major new work responding to the Gawthorpe Textile Collection held at Gawthorpe Hall in Burnley.
In the beautiful Arts & Crafts interior of a former mill owner’s house, Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, fashion historian Amber Butchart will present an exhibition with pieces chosen from the Gawthorpe Textile Collection.
Alex Zawadzki curates new works from three artists who interrogate complex colonial histories, personal archives, family histories and lived experiences; to reveal the residual cultural identity that exists as a consequence of the British Empire and colonisation.
James Fox’s new work explores the history of protest and punishment via the Lancashire loombreaker riots of 1826
Azraa Motala creates work that seeks to untangle culturally inherited expectations and the overlapping aspects of her own identity as a young British-Asian Muslim woman, exploring the way in
which women from the diaspora have been represented in both the past and the present day, particularly through their dress.
Inspired by The Textile Manufactures of India, an 18 volume set of fabric sample books assembled in 1866 by John Forbes Watson, a copy of which is held in the Harris Museum, Preston, Kabir worked at John Spencer Textiles in Burnley to create her own personal woven pattern designs that relate to collective imaginings of place and belonging in East Lancashire.
Brigid McLeer presents a memorial to the hundreds of workers who die in factories and sweatshops across the world that supply the global garment industry.
Reetu Sattar explores the contemporary tensions between traditional cultures in the Bangladeshi diaspora and the forces of modernity through the ever-evolving history of the cotton industry to be shown in Queen Street Mill, Burnley.
Re-Thinking Khadi is a new work by Bharti Parmar that takes the textile archive of Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery as its focus, exploring how textiles, and specifically Khadi, might represent the ‘Black’ Indian body.
The 62 Group of Textile Artists presents an exhibition of contemporary textile art, focusing on the global context of textiles.
The Textile and Place conference explores the politics of textiles. Hosted by Manchester School of Art, in partnership with the British Textile Biennial, the conference builds upon the debates from the first Textile and Place conference which took place in 2018.
Inviting writers to respond to the Flashback archive this publication also features an exclusive collaboration with design studio ‘Dorothy’ who have produced a limited edition print mapping the location of Blackburn parties. Contributors include Adelle Stripe, Fergal Kinney, Jamie Holman, Alex Zawadzki, Anna Wood, Emma Warren and Bob Singh.
Banner Culture was an unforgettable installation for BTB 2019 in the former Brierfield Mill, an array of two hundred banners that summoned the spirits of a century of protest, identity and dissent. Created with Mid Pennine Arts through their Pendle Radicals project, the exhibition will soon be revisited in a beautiful, new, limited edition publication.