Now in its sixth year, the International Textile Festival has established itself as the UK’s principal festival that celebrates textiles, from traditional through to contemporary textile art, linked to related applied arts. Presented by Stroud International Textiles who are based in the glorious Stroud Valleys in the Cotswolds, this festival highlights the truly global language of textiles.
The 2011 International Textile Festival promises an exciting and stimulating programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops, events, performance and opportunities for debate and discussion. This small market town is host to the UK’s only textile festival that broadens out to welcome performance art, theatre, and the applied arts with textiles at its heart.
The festival has a reputation for excellence and innovation while celebrating contemporary and traditional work from leading international artists and emerging artists, ensuring that it remains fresh and vibrant.
‘’The festival promises to showcase new work alongside well known international names. Always stimulating, innovative and diverse, the festival will bring world class speakers and artists to the Cotswolds. It is radical, inspiring and we hope fun’’
Director Lizzi Walton
Among the many artists and speakers appearing are: Tilleke Schwarz, Debbie Smyth, Jessica Turrell. Sue Hiley Harris, Lizzie Farey, Lesley Millar, Simon Packard, Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling, Corinne Gradis & Elodie Watanabe, Ptolemy Mann, Lauren Steeper, Matthew Harris.
Showing at New Brewery Arts will be work from selected artists who are exhibiting in the festival. This will include collaborative work from Alice Kettle and CJ O’Neill – ‘Pairings’ 30 April – 15 May
Laura Thomas will chair the ‘Off the Loom’ a 1 day seminar exploring radical new woven textiles and creative practices. The day will be hosted by Laura Thomas and speakers are Ptolemy Mann, Melissa French, Kirsty McDougall,
Ascha Peta Thompson. There will be opportunities for discussion. £40 / £35 Friends of SIT & students
Sponsored by Renishaw plc.
“Given our strong links with the Stroud valleys as an employer and the fact that several of our sites have historic connections with textile manufacturing, we are therefore pleased to support the International Textile Festival. As a company founded on engineering innovation, we are also very interested in the increasing application of engineering principles within specialist textile development.”
Chris Pockett Marketing manager for Renishaw plc
Bringing the festival to a foot stompin’ close ‘Vintage Shindig’. Put on your best vintage gear and dance the night away with Pav and Chris on vinyl’s, band to be announced, cocktails and licensed bar.
8 ‘til late
This is just a flavour. To view our Festival Brochure and Textile Trail booklet view our Publication page. To have one sent to you send an A5 stamped addressed envelope postage £1.00 to the SIT office (address on contact page)
festival brochure 2011
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