Workshops and Events

Textile Futures Roundtable

Friday 27th October, 10.30am – 4pm

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, Museum St, Blackburn BB1 7AJ

Come and help us explore more ethically and environmentally responsible ways of creating the textiles of the future with some of the BTB23 artists from Africa and the UK!

Lunch will be provided and there will be an opportunity to see some of BTB23

This important conversation will focus on dilemmas posed by the over-consumption of textiles and fashion in the global north and to propose some alternatives that we might explore and exhibit in BTB25, with themes of invention and innovation.

Artist contributors include Sunny Dolat from Kenya and Thierry Oussou from Benin who are showing work at BTB this year, alongside other innovators from East and West Africa as well as UK-based professionals striving for ethical and eco-friendly textile production.

For BTB25 we plan to focus on invention and innovation, with some projects and commissions that look back at what brought us to our present state and others that point forward to a more sustainable future. We want to consider these themes with an international group of people who are working in the field and looking at ways of building an equitable circular textile economy on a global scale.

We are pleased to say that Josie Warden has kindly agreed to moderate the day. Formerly Head of Regenerative Design at the Royal Society of the Arts, with a background in textile design, Josie is interested in sustainability, manufacturing, making and economic democracy.

The outline agenda for the day is as follows:

10.30 Arrivals and refreshments

11.00 Roundtable speakers respond to the provocation, ‘Can working with textiles be a regenerative act’, followed by Q&A with audience

12.30 Lunch, including an opportunity to visit some of the BTB installations

14.00 ‘Fishbowl’ roundtable, responding to the provocation ‘Turning inspiration into insight and action’ in which audience members can join the discussion

15.30 Action points summary

16.00 End

This event is in collaboration with the British Council, and part of the Conversations in Creativity series in collaboration with Creative Lancashire.

The Nest Collective, Return to Sender, BTB23 – Image credit: Matthew Savage