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Conference & AGM

The Power of Colour

Sat 9th November 2019
11.15-17.30 (Registration from 10.45)

Museum of Science and Industry,
Liverpool Road,
Manchester M3 4FP



Textile Society AGM: 10am (Textile Society members)
Conference Registration: from 10.45am
Conference 11.15am - 5.30pm

Tickets are selling well, make sure you buy yours today!


This year’s Textile Society annual conference will be exploring the theme of colour.

We have a stellar cast of speakers to inspire you, all of which are highly regarded, and between them cover many different aspects of the broad textile sector, which the Textile Society represents. 

We are delighted to announce the following confirmed speakers:

Jenny Balfour-Paul, International lecturer, traveller, writer, artist and curator Jenny Balfour-Paul, author of three books on Indigo, is an Hon. Research Fellow at Exeter University, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Royal Asiatic Society and Explorers Club and immediate past President of UK's Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. She was consultant curator for the Whitworth Art Gallery’s 2007 touring exhibition ‘Indigo: a Blue to Dye For’, partner in ‘Silk Road Connect’ for Yo Yo Ma’s 2009 Silk Road Project and consultant for documentary films and 'Indigo Sutra' in Kolkata in 2017. Her collections are in major UK museums.

Laura Slater, textile artist informed by the interaction of colour and shape, her design focuses on the translation of drawing and surface through hand printed processes.

Stephanie Wood, is a project curator at the V&A whose research centres on 20th- and 21st- century Fashion. She was exhibition researcher of the 'Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion' exhibition, worked on the major redisplay of the V&A Fashion gallery (2012) and project managed the Fashion in Motion programme staging live fashion events within the Museum (2011 - 2016). She is co-curator of the V&A's exhibition on Mary Quant and contributing author of the accompanying book.

Kassia St Clair, is a writer and cultural historian. 'The Secret Lives of Colour', her first book, was a top-ten bestseller that has been translated into over a dozen languages. It was, along with 'The Golden Thread', a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. 'The Golden Thread' was also shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham award and selected as a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Kassia writes about colour, culture and history for publications including the Economist, the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the Telegraph.

Caroline Pratt, is a textile print designer, consultant and lecturer based in Leeds, UK. driven by an interest in biophilia and the positive effect nature can have on our wellbeing, her work celebrates the colour and wealth of visual inspiration ever present in the natural world.

Tickets include lunch and refreshments. Further information about the day will be posted on the website as plans develop, so keep checking back.


If you have any queries, please contact Brenda King on chair@textilesociety.org.uk