British Textile Biennial returns this year with new artist commissions, exhibitions and performances presented against the backdrop of the impressive infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire. This October, BTB21 turns its attention to the global nature of textiles and the relationships they create, both historically and now, with a major new commission by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, fashion historian Amber Butchart as guest curator, a groundbreaking, sustainable fashion project with designer Patrick Grant and a collaboration with artist James Fox and actor Maxine Peake.

We couldn’t run BTB without the huge number of volunteers who support us in a number of roles and we’re now recruiting for volunteers to get involved with this years biennial.

We are looking for volunteers for a number of different roles including hosts, promoters and hands on helpers:

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
  • Free tickets to our events.
  • 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


Promotion work, any time from now

Event Set up’s will take place from mid-August to end of Sept 2021

Event Hosting October 2021

How to get in touch

To sign up or for more information please email uzma@superslowway.org.uk leaving your name, age, telephone number, town of residence / postcode, and any special requirements you may have, and finally do please specify if there is a role you would particularly like to volunteer for.