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Festival of Quilts - new, the Fine Art Textiles Award


Things have got away with me this year, and I've been uber busy with my mum. Sadly she died a couple of weeks ago, and I've been slow to get in the creative mood. However, if this hadn't have happened I would definitely be giving the above a go! Work has to have been made in the last 2 years, but even so, I don't think I have anything suitable.

The closing date for entries is 3rd May, so if you fancy giving it a go yourself, time to get cracking!!

Festival of Quilts have extended their usual Fine Art Quilts award to cover a more general textile practice, and have renamed the competition the Fine Art Textiles Award. Here's what they say about it:

"We are delighted to announce the launch of the Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award, an international juried exhibition open to both amateur and professional artists using textiles as their medium.  Our ultimate aim is to elevate and support the recognition and profile textile artists receive within the UK and throughout the world.   The new award will replace the former Fine Art Quilt Masters that has been presented annually at Festival of Quilts and will endeavor to break down some of the boundaries that currently exist between the various practices within textile art.

The new award will come with a £5,000 prize value, along with an additional prize of £500 for the most innovative use of textiles. You can see the full details about the award here, along with the application form for entry: https://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/quilt-competition/fata/

Our plan is to exhibit all finalists at both Festival of Quilts and The Knitting & Stitching Shows, where we will extend the private view activity launched this year. 

To ensure the credibility of the award we are working with a high profile panel of judges who are all experts within their field.  The full panel will be announced within the next two weeks.

The final winner will be selected on site at the Festival of Quilts and will be announced during an awards ceremony on the opening day of the event at the NEC Birmingham on 1st August 2019. 

The closing date for the competition is 3rd May 2019. 

I do hope you will consider entering and also ask that you share this email with any other artists or groups who you think may be interested.

We hope this will be the start of a really special award and exhibition that we can use to really shine a spotlight on the phenomenal practicing today."



  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I'm hoping that you are planning your entrant into next years competition. Sending hugs.