British Textile Biennial
Guided walking tours which will take visitors round a selection of the BTB exhibitions in Blackburn Town Centre
On the first three Saturday’s of this year’s Biennial there will be guided bus tours which will take visitors round a selection of the BTB exhibitions. The tours will be accompanied by a guide who can tell you all about the work as you travel between venues.
Print a patch, embroider a patch or bring an item to mend and sew a patch onto
Watch a technique called beetling, a type of hammering, as we process the Homegrown/Homespun linen. This technique softens the cloth after it has been woven.
Mother and daughter duo, Cathy and Jessamy from Lazy Kate Textiles will introduce beginners to locally sourced wool spinning using a traditional wheel
Join us for a workshop where we stitch and repair our old garments that need extra care while watching films that explain Rahemur Rahman’s new patchwork artisanal textiles made from archival production waste by Aranya.
Join us for a Fashion Open Studio workshop where we stitch and repair our old garments that need extra care while Rahemur Rahman explains his new patchwork artisanal textiles made from archival production waste from Aranya.
A free online conversation and stitching session exploring connections between textiles and wellbeing led by artist & writer Claire Wellesley-Smith
An interactive and educational workshop teaching the origins and historical journey of the headwrap from Africa to the diaspora
Power, Dress & Spirituality with Lorene Rhoomes – Akhu Designs
For this Conversations in Creativity, Amber is joined by Gillian Berry, who is a museum professional working in the sector for over 15 years.
Join us for a special pop- up swap as part of British Textile Biennial
Learn how to weave by hand on a table loom
Sample the Blackburn College VR technology to provide a window into a real factory environment.
Making Matters x Levi’s Digital & British Council with Amber Butchart, Hannah Robinson, Justine Aldersey-Williams, Pammi Sinha & Theo Tan
Breaking Down Borders: Movement & Migration Through Cloth with Alice Kettle, Bharti Parmar, Raisa Kabir, Serkan Delice – host Amber Butchart
Woke Denim: Style, Protest & Self-Expression – Calum Bayne, Jamie Holman, Tiwirayi Ndoro and Tunde Adekoya (full line up tbc)
The Global Impact of Denim with Craig Oldham, Harris Elliott, Sophie Woodward, Tiwirayi Ndoro & host Amber Butchart.
The Colonial Impacts on Material Cultures of the African Diaspora with Cheyney McKnight, Elli Michaela Young & Teleica Kirkland.
Fix your much-loved clothes with our repair team! Bring your torn, worn or threadbare items and learn how to restore them with care as part of our look towards sustainability.
Come together to create a sculptural installation made from recycled textiles