Professional Development Award

The Textile Society supports the development of professional practitioners.

The Society’s Professional Development Awards of up to £2,000 support the further development of professional practitioners within their chosen textile discipline, whether art, craft, design, curatorial, scientific or any other textile related field.

The Awards are intended for professionals and PhD candidates working within a recognised field of textiles.

Applications are assessed annually, and the award is given on the strength of the applicant meeting the professional criteria within their discipline and chosen textile field.

Please note that BA and MA students are not eligible for these awards but are invited to submit applications for Student Bursaries.

Award Criteria

The judges are looking for innovative and ambitious projects showing energy and originality.

Applicants must be institutional or individual members of the Textile Society.

You may make one application only. This should include:

  1. Online application form, submitted through your institutional or individual Textile Society membership number.
  2. Your project proposal  in ‘Word’ or ‘PDF’ format , including an outline of how the Textile Society funding would be spent, with costings. Please include an indication of how your project will further the aims of the Textile Society and benefit its members.
  3. A short CV.

Please submit your completed application online through your membership login page.

  1. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within two months of the closing date.
  2. Applications that have not adhered to the above criteria may not be considered.
  3. The Textile Society Committee decision is final.
  4. A working liaison with successful applicants in receipt of an award is encouraged.
    As such, the Textile Society should be appropriately acknowledged and the Textile Society logo should be displayed on all written material.
    The Society should be provided with a report which may be published in Text (the Textile Society journal) and/or a study day or other educational event at an appropriate venue.
  5. By submitting images to the Textile Society the applicant grants permission for all images to be used by the Textile Society for the purposes of publicity, including, but not limited to, use on the public website and social media channels, and all other publicity material such as the Textile Society journal Text, News, posters, etc.
    It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all material is fully cleared for these purposes.
  6. The Textile Society journal Text is archived by the British Library.
    By submitting images to the Textile Society it is deemed that the applicant grants permission for all material to be archived.
  7. Enquiries: bursaries@textilesociety.org.uk

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