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Architecture and Textiles

6 Nov - 7 Nov 2015

Whitworth Art Gallery & Museum
Oxford Road
Manchester M15 6ER


Come and join us in Manchester for The Textile Society’s Conference Weekend on ‘Textiles and Architecture’.

Friday includes a guided tour at the Whitworth, the Society's AGM, opening lecture from Society Chair, Dr Brenda King, and a conference dinner in the evening.

The main conference takes place on Saturday and explores the relationship between textiles and architectural form, examining how designers respond to the shape, scale and aesthetic character of buildings, and how they apply and adapt materials and processes to create textiles for public, corporate and private spaces.

Textile Society AGM

The Textile Society AGM this year will take place on Friday 6th November 2015 in Room 3.204, University Place Visitors Centre, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL (Tel: 0161 306 6000).

Buses run regularly along Oxford Road past University Place, which is a large drum shaped building opposite Manchester Museum.

The number 47 bus from outside Manchester Piccadilly Rail station also takes a route past University Place on Oxford Road.

Tea and coffee will be available from 2.45pm in room 3.204. The AGM will begin at 3.15pm.

A campus map can be found at

Programme Details

Friday morning:
Guided tour of the exhibition ‘Artists Who Work With Cloth’ by Dr Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery, and special access has been arranged to view the Burne Jones Tapestry and other textile works from the Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan University with Curator Stephanie Boydell. In addition delegates can plan their day so they have time to view the Kantorowich Workshop Architectural Model exhibition and Alice Kettle embroideries at the University of Manchester.

Friday Afternoon:
Society AGM at the University of Manchester at 3.15pm, followed by our first speaker Dr Brenda King, Chair of the Textile Society, presenting ‘Stich and Stone - Architects as Embroidery Designers’. Dr King will be discussing the alliance of skills that produced site-specific, community projects in the late 19th century.

Friday evening:
Conference dinner at Scene Dining (Indian Cuisine) in Spinningfields, Manchester City Centre, at 7.30pm. All are welcome, menu and prices are available at www.scenedining.com

Our conference speakers, Professor Lesley Millar, Sally Freshwater, Dr. Lynn Hulse, Dr. Lindsey Waterton-Taylor and Jane Scott present papers focusing on past, present and future concepts for textiles and architecture across a range of materials and processes.

Our keynote speaker for this event is Alice Kettle, Textile Artist and Professor of Textile Arts at Manchester School of Art. Alice’s large format stitched works exploit the textures and effects made possible through the harnessing of a mechanical process to intuitive and creative ends. Alice will be taking us through her approach to designing and producing textiles that both enhance and respond to architectural space.


The conference will be held in the Great Hall at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester. Recently renovated, the Whitworth Art Gallery has been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize. The Whitworth has also recently been awarded the prestigious Museum of the Year Award and the Textile Society Museum Award 2015.

Hotel accommodation for the AGM and conference can be found at