Workshops and Events

16/11/2023 - / online

Join us online for an informal conversation about how the resource can be used as an inspiration and reference for new artwork.

29/09/2023 - / Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE, the founding Director of V&A East gives the opening lecture to BTB23.

30/09/2023 - 28/10/2023 / Spinning and Weaving School

30/09/2023 - 29/10/2023 / Nelson – The Technology Centre

BTB23  artist Eva Sajovic invites the audience to contribute to the #end_of_empire installation.

21/10/2023 - 28/10/2023 / Tour de Textiles

Tour de Textile is a week long cycling challenge in collaboration with Breaking Cycles & Super Slow Way. Choose from three cycling routes to visit British Textile Biennial venues across Pennine Lancashire & complete our unique Brevet Card.

A fun activity for all the family whether cycling or by another form of transport!

30/09/2023 - 30/09/2023 / Nelson – The Technology Centre

In this performance, textile pieces created by Eva Sajovic will transform into complex musical sculptures.

30/09/2023 - 01/10/2023 / Blackburn Town Centre

01/10/2023 - / Queen Street Mill

In this workshop, learn the technique of block printing on textiles. Participants will learn to use hand carved wood blocks to create a pattern and transfer the design on to piece of cotton Calico.

06/10/2023 - 20/10/2023 / Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Visual artists and filmmakers Sima Gonsai and Bhulla Beghal, embark on an intriguing exploration of South Asian textile heritage through the decades.

07/10/2023 - / The Whitaker

Join curator Uthra Rajgopal for an informative guided walk through the Fragments of Our Time exhibition to learn more about the individual artists and the themes and thinking behind the exhibition.

07/10/2023 - / Goodshaw Chapel

Larksong: live music performance, expanded cinema projections, poetry reading and soundtrack album launch in Goodshaw Chapel.

08/10/2023 - / Goodshaw Chapel

Join us for a fascinating historical tour around Crawshawbooth led by local writer, Stephen Oldfield.

08/10/2023 - / Goodshaw Chapel

Join artist and designer Emily Gubbay and try the natural dyeing technique of bundle dyeing.

13/10/2023 - / Haworth Art Gallery

Join Gaining Ground curator Ligaya Salazar for a curatorial tour of the group show at Haworth Art Gallery.

13/10/2023 - / Haworth Art Gallery

Expanding on research collated from Gaining Ground, this panel conversation will be centred around understanding the preservation of craft.

16/10/2023 - 16/10/2023 / PR1 Gallery – UCLan

A series of free public drop in events related to the group show Indigenitude.

14/10/2023 - 14/10/2023 / Pendle Heritage Centre

Spinning and weaving demos at Pendle Heritage Centre.

21/10/2023 - / Tour de Textiles Led Ride

27/10/2023 - / Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

14/10/2023 - / Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum

Artist A & Artist B (Jackie Haynes and Heather Ross) will be discussing their project ‘The Surplus Badge’ at Towneley Hall for BTB23.

15/10/2023 - / Queen Street Mill

This is a relaxed, conversational drop-in session led by researchers and artists from the Cottonopolis Collective from the University of Manchester.

15/10/2023 - / Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum

Join artist Mitchell Robinson in a workshop where participants will make kites from waste tent material sourced from festivals.

17/10/2023 - / Manchester Metropolitan University

The Textile and Place conference explores how textiles engage with contemporary societal and environmental challenges whilst drawing on our histories and traditions.

20/10/2023 - / The Salon

The Re: Fashion Challenge 2023 Launch Event is open to the public for prize-giving, viewing the garments created by the young participants and launch of the third edition of the RE: Fashion Zine ‘Pattern’.

21/10/2023 - / Pendle Heritage Centre

Take away a bandana or gift-wrapping cloth infused with the meditative process of slow stitching recorded in indigo.

21/10/2023 - / Cruck Barn, Pendle Heritage Centre

A discussion with artists Christine Borland, Nick Jordan and Jacob Cartwright.

21/10/2023 - 22/10/2023 / Northlight (Brierfield Mill)

For the first time, BTB have partnered with Pendle Social Cinema for a miniature film festival. See one, two or three documentaries and join the discussion around fast fashion and sustainable textiles.

22/10/2023 - / The Whitaker

Join BTB23 artist Robina Akhter Ullah for a fun day learning about paper piecing techniques.

22/10/2023 - / Haworth Art Gallery

Drop in to Hannah’s yarn winding workshop at Haworth Art Gallery!

24/10/2023 - 24/10/2023 / online

At this online launch you’ll be introduced to the Lancashire Textile Gallery platform by Gawthorpe Textile Collection Curator Rachel Midgley and hear from some of the artists and academics who have been commissioned to make work in response to the collections.




25/10/2023 - / online

The Decolonisation of Ceramics and Textiles online panel discussion is a British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) and British Textile Biennal (BTB) partner event. Curator and artist Basil Olton will Chair this rich discussion with ceramics and textile artists Jacqueline Bishop, Theirry Oussou and Masimba Hwati.

26/10/2023 - 29/10/2023 / The Exchange

Fast, Fast, Slow is a unique and theatrical catwalk exploring our personal relationships to fashion, fast fashion and waste.

28/10/2023 - / Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Hear Justine Aldersey-Williams talk about the journey of Homegrown/Homespun in this interview with Perelandra Beedles.

28/10/2023 - 29/10/2023 / The Bureau

Join The Bureau in Blackburn and create twine using garments that people no longer use.

29/10/2023 - / Prism Contemporary Art Gallery

29/10/2023 - / Making Rooms

Explore the future of sustainable material using The Making Rooms’ new sustainability labs to make your own coin pouch.