Image: Joan Brass, Dora and Maria Anna (detail). Shortlisted, Fine Art Textiles Award 2020.
Don’t miss your chance to be considered for the most prestigious textile award in the UK. Back for its third year in 2021, The Fine Art Textiles Award offers a unique platform to textile artists, recognising the creative talents and skills of a range of high-calibre artists and celebrating textiles’ rightful place amongst high art. The award is an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium. Both 2D and 3D works are welcome, as are all disciplines, processes and media, as long as the core materials are clearly rooted in textiles.
The winner will be announced at The Festival of Quilts Awards Ceremony on Thursday 29th July and awarded £5,000 in prize money thanks to new sponsor Janome who celebrate their 100th anniversary this year. There is also a prize of £500 for ‘Innovative Use of Textiles’ sponsored by Her Quiet Materials.
Image: Nigel Cheney, Couple Goals. Shortlisted, Fine Art Textiles Award 2020.
Shortlisted entries will once again be on show in a dedicated gallery at The Festival of Quilts and The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate in the autumn. The Festival of Quilts takes place at the NEC, Birmingham 29th July – 1st August. The Knitting & Stitching Shows take place at Alexandra Palace, London 7th – 10th October and HCC, Harrogate 18th – 21st November.
Previous shortlisted artists include Ann Goddard, Caren Garfen, Nigel Cheney, Claire Benn, Karina Thompson and Marie Jones.
Image: Shelly Goldsmith, Locus of the Dress. Winner, Fine Art Textiles Award 2020.
The winner of FATA 2020 was Shelly Goldsmith with ‘Locus of the Dress’.
The judges agreed that “Locus of the Dress is a visually arresting and intelligent artwork rooted in textile history and practice. A thoughtful and thought-provoking work”.
The judging panel for this year includes: Cos Ahmet (Fine Artist), Dr Christine Checinska (British Art Historian and curator at the V&A), Jo Hall (Writer, curator and editor of Embroidery Magazine), Karen Nicol (Embroidery and Mixed Media Textile Artist), Anya Paintsil (Textile Artist) and Uthra Rajgopal (Independent Textile Curator).
Don’t forget to apply soon! The deadline for entering is 28th May 2021.
For full submission criteria and information about the award visit The Janome Fine Art Textiles Award website.