British Textile Biennial will run from 29th September – 29th October this year with new artist commissions, exhibitions and performances presented against the backdrop of the impressive infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire.

BTB23 looks at the environmental and human costs of the textile industry at the service of fast fashion over the last two centuries and explores possible alternatives. In artist commissions, public conversations and international collaborations, BTB23 asks if the creation of cloth can be a regenerative act – regenerating nature and people.

BTB couldn’t happen without our brilliant volunteers working behind the scenes to get exhibitions ready and welcoming audiences to the festival spaces across East Lancashire.

If you’d like to get involved we are looking for volunteers for a number of different roles. Whether you can give a couple of hours or a few days your time makes a huge difference and in return hopefully you’ll gain new skills and get to know new people!

Roles –

Hosts: As it sounds! This role involved welcoming the public, telling them more about the event, pointing them in the right direction to anything they may need and encouraging them to fill in evaluation forms.

Hands on Helpers: A more behind the scenes role – if you’d rather roll your sleeves up and help with practical set up of events and packing away afterwards this is for you!

Promoters: Can be done from the comfort of your armchair if you prefer. This involves sharing festival news and events on your social media channels and with your friends as well as leaflet distribution and generally being a festival ambassador.

What we offer in return

  • A creative day trip to get to know your fellow volunteers.
  • A branded British Textile Biennial T-shirt
  • Expenses covered including local travel.
  • A volunteer day with lunch to meet the team and gain more knowledge about the festival and training for your volunteer role.
  • References and advice and support to help you with your CV and future job applications

Specific Opportunities coming up

Artist Christine Borland is looking for volunteers to help her set up the loom at The Cruck Barn at Pendle Heritage Centre as part of her installation Projection Cloth this September on the 11th to 15th and possibly 16th and 17th September.

If you’re interested in getting involved please contact uzma@superslowway.org.uk.

How to get in touch

If you want to get involved or require more information please email uzma@superslowway.org.uk

We also have a whole range of ways to get involved with our sister project Super Slow Way for more information please see the website here.