British Textile Biennial

The British Textile Biennial throws a spotlight on the nation’s creativity,  innovation and expression in textiles against the backdrop of the impressive  infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire.

With its epic mills and grandiose civic architecture along the country’s longest waterway, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the landscape tells the story of textiles. This biennial festival celebrates that story while showcasing its contemporary expression with the community that has textiles in its DNA.

In a great range of exhibitions and installations across East Lancashire, BTB21 tells the story of textiles, across continents and centuries, in the service of fast fashion, expression and identity.

For 2021 BTB turns its attention to the global nature of textiles and the relationships they create, both historically and now, with a major new commission by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, fashion historian Amber Butchart as guest curator, a groundbreaking, sustainable fashion project with designer Patrick Grant and a collaboration with artist James Fox and actor Maxine Peake.

The majority of the exhibitions are free and no booking is required.

You cansee the full 2021 programme here