Programme 2021

You can view the full what’s on guide here as well as pick up a copy in all festival venues. For full programme details see the programme section of the website


23/10/2021 - 28/10/2021 / Various

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.

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

Turner Prize-winning Lubaina Himid presents a major new work held at Gawthorpe Hall in Burnley.

01/10/2021 - 18/12/2021 / Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

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 / Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

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.


18/10/2021 - 30/10/2021 / Mooring Point: Rishton Bridge 108A, BB1 4JZ

The RV Furor Scribendi will return to Lancashire from Coventry City of Culture be be part of British Textile Biennial. You are invited to take virtual and real tours of the boat, come on board to read or write for the afternoon and as the world slowly begins to unfold again, just drop in to read, day dream and float.

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 - 18/12/2021 / 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 and explores how cotton, and specifically Khadi, a homespun cloth, represented Indian independence from British rule.

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.

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

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / The Woke Denim Project – Denim and Civil Rights

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.

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Festival Pop up Shop

01/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 / Prism Contemporary Art Gallery

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.

30/09/2021 - 10/10/2021 / Blackburn Town Centre

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.


01/10/2021 - 10/10/2021 / Darwen Market Car Park

As part of the brands 50th Anniversary celebrations global sportwear icons C.P. Company will be taking part in the British Textile Biennial 2021 programme, presenting a retrospective dedicated to five decades of Italian Sportswear, and Massimo Osti’s lasting legacy.

01/10/2021 - 10/10/2021 / Darwen Library

In association with C.P. Company, the Westminster Menswear Archive presents an archive selection celebrating the brand’s 50th anniversary with a display in Darwen Library.

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.

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 / 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 reimagines 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 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.

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.