Programme 2021

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / The Great Barn, Gawthorpe Hall

Turner Prize-winning Lubaina Himid presents a major new work responding to the Gawthorpe Textile Collection held at Gawthorpe Hall in Burnley.

19/04/2021 - 01/11/2021 / Jan’s Conference Centre

Homegrown Homespun is a ground-breaking regenerative fashion project in collaboration with designer Patrick Grant, his social enterprise Community Clothing and North West England Fibreshed.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Haworth Art Gallery

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.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Blackburn Cotton Exchange

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.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

James Fox’s new work explores the history of protest and punishment via the Lancashire loombreaker riots of 1826

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library

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.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Queen Street Mill

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.


01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Queen Street Mill

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.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Queen Street Mill

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.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

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.

25/09/2021 - 28/11/2021 / The Whitaker

The 62 Group of Textile Artists presents an exhibition of contemporary textile art, focusing on the global context of textiles.

11/10/2021 - 15/10/2021 / online

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.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Blackburn Cathedral

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.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / online

Patterns of Migration is a project about sharing stories through clothing and textiles, exploring themes of home and belonging. The focus of the project is on clothing and textile objects from across the world, their journeys, and the lived experiences of their owners.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Gawthorpe Hall

A collection of quilts made by groups and individuals across the country reflecting on the pandemic and the role of the NHS.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Queen Street Mill

Textile Artist Sharon Brown presents new work at Queen Street Mill which re-imagines found letters and documents connected to the history and workers of Lancashire cotton mills.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Accrington Library

Sarah-Joy Ford is an Artist working with textiles to explore the complexities and pleasures of queer communities, histories and archives. Her practice sits at the intersection of digital and traditional: using strategies of quilting, digital embroidery, digital print, applique and hand embellishment.  

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.