Exhibitions and Events
For information about outside events the Guild is involved with please contact Chris Moore or Jenny Gunston using the contact page.
Lucienne Day: Living Design Until 11 January 2020
An exhibition celebrating the life and work of one of Britain’s most influential post-war designers.
Venue: Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke, RG21 7QD
The Lost Dress of Elizabeth 1: The Bacton Altar Cloth Until 23 rd February 2020
See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I and the iconic Rainbow Portrait, this autumn at Hampton Court Palace.
The only surviving example of Elizabeth I’s dresses
Following new research and conservation, Historic Royal Palaces Curators believe that the Bacton Altar Cloth once formed part of a dress worn by Elizabeth herself.
Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU.
Collect – The International art fair for modern craft, art and design 27Feb – 1 March
Organised by the Crafts Council this years fair will be set in the beautiful surroundings of Somerset House. The fair will include 12 new craft-led installations by artists and collectives as well as a talks programme which is included with your ticket. For more information: Tel. 0207 806 2500
www.craftscouncil.org.uk Venue : Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R1LA
Flax, Fibres and Plant Dyes Oct 4 2019 – Jan 4 2020
Kent Cloth textile works by Francesca Baur. This approach advocates a slower approach to creating natural local textiles with a story that employs traditional skills, from growing the flax for linen to making natural plant dyes. It is a botanical journey from the flax fields of Belgium and Normandy to the White Cliffs of Dover, and around the ‘Garden of England’.
Venue: Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX
Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Thread 30 November 2019- 5 January 2020
An exhibition of work by members of the Hampshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.
Venue: Whitchurch Silk Mill, 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, hampshire RG28 7AL
Hidden Fabric: Women; Textiles: Collectors 25 Jan – 19 April 2020
This exhibition will highlight exceptional textiles held in seven regional museum collections in England, all originally collected in the twentieth century by pioneering women.
Venue: 2 Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD
Bags – Inside Out Opening 25th April 2020 at the V & A
From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, this exhibition in Gallery 40 will explore style, function, design and craftsmanship.
Tickets £12. For more information: 0207 942 2000 or visit www.vam.ac.uk/visit
V & A Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.
London Guild Exhibition Shadows and Reflections 29 April – 3 May 2020 Southwark Cathedral
As part of London Craft Week this event will feature
- An exhibition of members work
- Week-long ‘London Fleece to Fabric’ demonstrations starting with samples of wool from sheep from the London City Farms
- Dyeing in the cafe courtyard
- Drop-in all-day demonstrations of loom weaving, tapestry weaving, spinning and dyeing
- Bookable small-scale workshops
- Keynote talk
London Bridge, London SE1 9DA
5-20 September 2020 – Advance Notice AGWSD National Exhibition
‘Coal,Cotton, Canals’ Leigh Spinners Mill, Park Lane, Leigh, WN72LB
The theme for the juried section will be”Coal, Cotton,Canals” and for the unjuried section will be “Still Waters” which is to be a textile piece within a 6 inch/15cm ring. www.wsd.org.uk
National Exhibition 2020 Timeline – Key Dates
See the National Exhibition Information Pack (available via your guild secretary) for full information,
but key dates for selection and submission of work are provided below:
26 April: Guilds begin identifying submissions from their members (Selected Work, e.g.
juried section) and check each photo(s) / feelie piece
23 May: Guilds submit entries for selection (juried section) to arrive no later than 8 June
(form, photo and feelie piece submitted – not the items)
13-14 June: Selection by jury of experts
29 June: Guild Secretaries and successful entrants notified about Items selected for
06 July: Guilds send in final numbers of rings (Non-juried Work) for hanging (not the items)
29 July: Guilds post selected items (juried section) to arrive by 12 August
05 August: Guilds post rings (Non-juried Work) to arrive by 19 August
05 September: National Exhibition opens