British Textile Biennial
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.
A collaboration with the Italian sportswear brand C.P. Company and the Westminster Menswear Archive exploring identity through styling and portrait photography with young men from Blackburn and Darwen.
The images will be presented on the hour, every hour, for 15 minutes from 10am – 7.00pm daily, 01/10/21 – 10/10/21.
Turner Prize-winning Lubaina Himid presents a major new work held at Gawthorpe Hall in Burnley.
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.
Khadi is a new work by Bharti Parmar that takes the textile archive of Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery as its focus and explores how cotton, and specifically Khadi, a homespun cloth, represented Indian independence from British rule.
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.
James Fox’s new work explores the history of protest and punishment via the Lancashire loombreaker riots of 1826
Creative Lancashire presents a series of panel discussions in collaboration with fashion historian, Amber Butchart, to further explore the topics and questions raised by the range of artist commissions across BTB21.
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.
The 62 Group of Textile Artists presents an exhibition of contemporary textile art, focusing on the global context of textiles.
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.
The Woke Denim project is a Conscious photo series about the modern-day fight for civil rights following the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020.
‘The Hoodie Series’ captures young Asian men who wear C.P. Clothing, re-appropriating the brand from the traditionally white football terrace culture of the Northwest, which had, in turn, appropriated it from Italy.
John Tiney harvests T-shirts from charity shops, to present a series of works from a “creative production line” of archiving, wearing, staining, screen-printing, stretching and treating which bears the physical marks of his process.
The RV Furor Scribendi’s return to Lancashire from Coventry City of Culture be be part of British Textile Biennial has unfortunately been delayed due to the recent breach on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. However she will be back with us soon!
Textile Artist Sharon Brown presents new work at Queen Street Mill which reimagines found letters and documents connected to the history and workers of Lancashire cotton mills.
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.
Sarah-Joy Ford presents a site specific installation at Accrington Library of her quilt: Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, responding to Jeanette Winterson’s novel. The digitally embroidered, white work quilt stitches moments inspired by the narrative, whilst embellishing her own connecting threads of experience.
Over the past month, people across the town have been making patches to send messages of positivity and love. Drop in to the gallery and be filled with hope!
A collection of quilts made by groups and individuals across the country reflecting on the pandemic and the role of the NHS.