Recall, Rethink, Reform

Northern Ireland’s Linen Biennale celebrates the past, present and future landscape of linen through an extended arts festival, presented and hosted by multiple venues across the region.

This three-month festival of arts, craft and design, includes exhibitions and installations, conference, master-classes, and performances under the key themes of Recall, Rethink and Reform. As part of the Biennale, an international conference will be taking place on the 3 - 4 October.

The Linen Biennale stimulates new thinking about Ireland’s oldest textile products: flax and linen. Reaching out to the last of a generation who worked in the heyday of Ulster’s linen production, the Linen Biennale forms a bridge to connect our internationally renowned linen heritage with contemporary uses and highlight the very best in cutting-edge developments from around the world.

Showing linen’s applications within arts, craft, design and technology from past, present and future perspectives give the linen story relevance to a wide range of audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Presenting a collective story of Ulster linen in an international context will stimulate new ideas and developments in Northern Ireland.

In planning the two-day International Conference, which takes place at the Island Centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Jane McCann has sought to bring together leading experts in the fields of design, research and commercial development.

This design-led conference has attracted a truly international group of speakers and facilitators. The topics for consideration are varied, both in their content and presentation, driven by the importance of both linen and flax fibre having exceptional eco credentials in a world where sustainability and transparency of the supply chain are vital.

For full details of the programme, including speakers, which culminates in the Fashion Showcase event being staged in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, please visit

Selvedge readers will be able to get 15% off 2-day conference tickets by using the code Selvedge15 at the checkout. 

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