1st International Contemporary Material Art Biennial

Tsinghua University/ Beijing, China

“Material thinking is the fundamental concept of the exhibition; this concept reflects the subjectivity and initiative of materials and aspirations to introduce qualitative research into the exploration of contemporary material art. Our primary intention in creating this academic platform is to concentrate on the materials, re-emphasize the power of the material, and ideate the transformation process from materials to artistic media. Over the materials exploration process, gradually unfold different dimensions of history, life, and society and reconstruct new horizons of contemporary art. We believe that the essential purpose of the material art exhibition is to build a comprehensive academic platform and create a strong network with artists and scholars worldwide through the aspiration and love for material”

1st International Contemporary Material Art Biennale


Murray Gibson exhibition

The show is a series of tapestries that explore the intersections of life, death, transformation, and textile practice. Diverse historical narratives feature women who use their skill in making, and the power it brings, to influence destiny and propel fate.

Here is a link to the tapestries that will be in the exhibition: https://www.murraygibsontapestry.com/tapestries#/drapery-series

The exhibition will be at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario (west of Ottawa) from July 17 – September 18. When the museum doors actually open is TBA. There is an online event on September 11 at 7 PM (EST) with registration starting on July 17. https://mvtm.ca

A concurrent exhibition features work by gold-and-silversmith, Donald Stuart: his series of neckpieces celebrate inspirational Canadian women.

Excellence in Fibers VI

Excellence In Fibers VI
December 1, 2020 – March 28, 2021

Fiber Art Network/Fiber Art Now and New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (NBAM) present Excellence in Fibers VI, an online exhibition sponsored by Fiber Optic Center.  Exhibition jurors, Caroline Kipp, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Textile Museum, George Washington University, and Lisa L. Kriner, President of the Textile Society of America and Professor of Art at Berea College, have selected 52 outstanding works of art from over 1100 entries.

Interface Virtual opening

Please join us for the virtual opening of INTERFACE, Tapestry Touring International’s presentation at the Crafts Council of British Columbia’s Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, exhibiting the works of 15 Canadian and 15 British contemporary tapestry artists.

The virtual opening will be held on Zoom on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 12 pm PST (3 pm EST)  (8 pm GMT) Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/143399454629  (a small donation is requested to assist with gallery costs)

For the complete list of participating artists and for more information about the exhibition visit https://craftcouncilbc.ca/interface


The British Tapestry Group – Tapestry Celebrations

Tapestry ‘Celebrations’

The British Tapestry Group is inviting all tapestry weavers to ‘celebrate’ your ‘Midwinter / End of Year’ festivities with us by weaving a small tapestry with your chosen theme. These will be shown here so anybody who visits the website can share the joy, be motivated towards a colourful Festive Season, and give a happiness boost towards the New Year.

The emphasis is on ‘celebration’ and ‘positivity’, however, you would like to illustrate it for us. It could be Diwali candles or fireworks, a Christmas tree bauble, or a bursting shoot from a bulb, whatever resonates as a ‘Celebration’.

Send your image, with your name and country, the size and title, and what it means for you (up to 80 words), with the subject marked ‘Tapestry Celebrations’ to webmanager@thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk. Some have asked what are the deadlines. The answer is, there are none, but it would be nice to get as many contributions as possible before the end of the year.

Have a look at Tapestry Celebrations here.

Museum of Surrey – “Nature’s Clothesline”, a collection of mindful textiles




The exhibit showcases six renowned textile artists, including:

  • Roxanne Charles
  • Sola Fiedler
  • Barbara Heller
  • Sharon Kallis
  • Ruth Scheuing
  • Amy Walker Works by the Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild (PAWS) and objects from Native Shoes and Trans-Continental Textiles will also be featured.

    The Symbolism

    “Nature’s Clothesline” is the symbolic clotheslines of the world that draws a parallel between the idea of textile as a precious handmade item, and the commercial reality of textiles as a mass-produced disposable commodity.  How people use and discard textiles matters to the world we live in. Our clothing choices have a real consequence to the health of the planet.


    A clothesline is at once extremely private, and unavoidably public. Textiles reflect our similarities and differences as people. A clothesline was once a uniting theme of home life.  It held the common yet personal items that touched each family member: blankets, sheets, shirts, pants, baby clothes, socks, and even the most intimate garments. Hanging the wash kept people in contact with each item of clothing and its value. Our connection to the clothes we wear has faded.

    The world is airing its dirty laundry, not on a clothesline, but in the landfills and oceans. We can no longer go along ignoring the repercussions of fast fashion and mass production.  Textiles that were once a precious handmade item are now a mass-produced disposable commodity.  How people use and discard textiles matters to the world we live in. Our clothing choices have real consequences to the health of the planet.  From hand made to machine trade, and cotton to couture, today most textiles are abundant and transient.

    Nature’s Clothesline unites a group of textile artists to share ideas of sustainability along a symbolic clothesline. Nature’s Clothesline invites us to…    Re-think, Re-create, Respond, Recycle and Rejoice

  • a link to the virtual tour.