Fabric of the North brings together works by members of the British Tapestry Group, in a range of styles and techniques, large and small, with a single theme: our Northern heritage. The exhibition is in two fabulous locations: Cromford Mills in May; and Kirkleatham Museum in October.
Exhibitors range from professional artists to relative novices. Visitors will discover an art form which can be enjoyed at all levels by anyone, whether working on the loom, admiring a hanging on display, or buying a work to enjoy at home. Visitors of all ages can help weave a large-scale tapestry, enjoy demonstrations and videos, and see posters of tapestries by BTG members from around the world. Weaving materials and equipment will be available for sale. Entry to the exhibition is free.
There will also be talks and workshops by tapestry experts. And if you're bringing children (or feeling young at heart yourself) then visit one of our free, have-a-go drop-in workshops. Details of all the talks and workshops are on the EVENTS page.
Cromford Mills - May. With nearly 250 years of fabric history, and hundreds of fascinating weaving exhibits on display, Cromford Mills were an obvious choice for this exhibition. The Mills are part of the stunning Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage site. Here in 1771 Sir Richard Arkwright built the world's first successful water-powered cotton mill, and the Industrial Revolution took off.
Kirkleatham Museum - October. A magnificent Queen Anne building with a superb new walled garden. Kirkleatham is home to a treasure trove of artefacts and exhibitions, covering local industrial, maritime and social history. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful grounds, with woodland trails and activities for younger visitors.
If you have an interest in weaving - or just need an excuse to visit for tea, cake and the fabulous surroundings - you need to be at Fabric of the North.