BRITISH TEXTILE BIENNIAL TALKS 2019: Politics of Cloth Conference

Friday 1st November 2019 09:30 AM to 03:30 PM

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A one-day community conference which supplements the British Textile Biennial examining who we were, where we are now and what we may yet become.

BRITISH TEXTILE BIENNIAL TALKS 2019: Politics of Cloth Conference


in association with Creative Lancashire

Date: Friday 1 November 2019
Time: 9.30-3.30pm 
Venue: University Centre at Blackburn College, University Close, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1LH.

A one-day community conference which supplements the British Textile Biennial. The focus will be to examine who we were (our heritage of mills and warehouses), where we are now (social inclusion and separation), and what we may yet become (re-imagined communities and gentrification).

A day of round table conversations, providing opportunities for attendees, particularly local residents, to have their voices heard alongside invited speakers. Over the course of the day we will discuss who we were (our textile industry and cultural heritage), where we are now and what we may yet become. Led by Dr Stephen Pritchard who researches and practises activist art projects in community settings in order to create spaces for community empowerment  and Jamie Holman, artist in residence at the British Textile Biennial. There will be advisors on hand to provide information on local training and further community engagement and education.

The aim is to capitalise on the unique opportunity that the culturally accessible aspects of the British Textile Biennial, such as the adidas Spezial Exhibitionprovide to engage with local communities who would not normally attend academic conferences or engage with education establishments beyond compulsory education.

The conference will be hosted at the University Centre at Blackburn College.

Registration will open at 09.30 ready for a 10am start, and will finish at 3pm to allow visiting delegates time to engage with other aspects of the British Textiles Biennial.


This conference is FREE to attend and lunch will be provided - Pre-registration via Eventbrite is essential

To read interviews and find out more about our presentations for British Textile Biennial Download our talks publication here.


The first 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.

Throughout October 2019 we look at fabric as a means of expression; exploring textiles as a vehicle for protest and cultural identity in installations, performances and art works that take a dynamic look at our relationship with that most basic and ancient of human creations, cloth.

For more information and full programme of exhibits, events, performances, installations, talks and workshops visit the dedicated website:

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