Art Textiles: Made in Britain comprises of Bethan Ash, Louise Baldwin, Pauline Barnes, Hilary Beattie, Cas Holmes, Rosie James, Edwina Mackinnon, Sandra Meech, Sylvia Paul, Stephanie Redfern, Christine Restall, and Jenny Rolfe, some of the leading textile artists working in Britain today.
We sadly lost one of our founding members, the lovely Ineke Berlyn in February 2017. She was much loved and admired, and such a positive and life enhancing person throughout her illness. There is a selection of her work in our artists section, and in our group exhibitions section.
Our aim is to promote British art textiles and to ensure their future; to introduce them to new audiences and to continually stretch the boundaries with new, vibrant work.
We have been very fortunate in that Upper Street Events, who run The Festival of Quilts and The Knitting and Stitching Shows, share our vision. They want to celebrate and promote British art textiles, and have agreed to give us a permanent home at The Festival of Quilts, at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.
Every two years we will mount a brand new exhibition of work, and this gallery will premiere at the Festival of Quilts. The artists who comprise the group cover a wide range of textile art interpretations and styles which makes for some very exciting and diverse exhibitions.
British art textiles continue to develop and evolve, and as part of this evolution we invited two major textile artists, Rachel Gornall and Sylvia Paul, as guests to join us in our Gallery at the Festival of Quilts in 2016, to show in our exhibition Concealed. Sylvia has now joined the group as a permanent member.
The gallery proved to be one of the most successful and popular in the show, and the work will be touring to Forge Mill Museum, Minerva Gallery, and Maidstone Museum.
Go to the Group Exhibitions page from the menu above, to see images of Concealed, and our 2014 debut show, Identity, as well as the dates of our exhibitions.
Our latest news is that our theme for 2018 is Wild, so expect some amazing work to be shown in our Festival of Quilts gallery in 2018 and at our touring venues! We are also thrilled to welcome Bethan Ash as a new permanent member in our group; see some of her amazing work in our ARTISTS section.
In our ARTISTS section you can also see images of all our members' work, and information and contact details about each artist.
Most of our members teach workshops and courses throughout the year, and take part in exhibitions. Why not take a look at their websites and blogs to see what is coming up; the links are in the Artists section on this website.
Don’t forget that you can keep up with us on Facebook, where we will be keeping our page fresh and interesting. We will be posting images and news about other work we are undertaking, together with news about what various members of the group are up to.
We do hope you will enjoy these posts and that they will allow you to get to know all of us and our work even better.
We are an exhibiting group of professional artists and currently are unfortunately not open to new members.
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