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1950s fabrics on sale at the fair.Browsing the stallsDetail of work by Annice Callery, on display in the graduate showcase.

Manchester Antique Textile Fair

Sun 4th March 2012

Armitage Centre,
Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6HE


The quality of traders was as high as ever, with a fantastic array of ethnic and antique textiles, costumes, accessories, jewellery and books.

Upstairs stall holders include the Bowes Museum, Colne Vallery Museum, The Rachel Kay Shuttleworth Collection, the Braid Society and the Knitting and Crochet Guild.

Student Bursary Showcase

The purpose of the fair is to raise funds for the Society's range of awards and bursaries. In recent years the student buraries have been announced at the fair, with the finalists invited to show their work. This has been a rewarding experience for all concerned.

To mark the 20th Anniversary winners from past years were invited back to take part in a Question Time style forum hosted by Lyn Broster. The forum was an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the awards programme.

The session was a great success with past winners giving advice to new winners. The students engaged with each other in animated discussions and one particpant said 'you could feel the energy and the room
was buzzing'.

Watch the Video

The Society commissioned fine art students Mark Aston and Lianray Pienaar to make a film of the Manchester Antique Textiles Fair in 2012. Mark and Lianray are both studying BA (Hons) Fine Art in the School of Art Design and Performance at University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston, UK.
You can watch it at Youtube. A search on Tetxile Society should get you there, or copy this address into your browser. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43s8WyMx3m0

"Had a great day! Came home with some amazing finds and lovely new contacts!!"

"Somehow a lot of buttons came home with me! And 8 or 9 different pieces of fabric - how did that happen:) Oh yes a rug too!"