The Fine Art Textiles Award 2021 is an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium, with a main prize of £5,000 awarded to the winning piece.

To download all the information, terms of entry and submission criteria for FATA 2021 please click here 

Upper Street Events (part of Immediate Media Co) aim to present work that meets the following criteria and is of a standard that:

Both 2D and 3D works are welcome, with the exception of garments unless said garments present as fine art. All disciplines, processes and media are therefore welcome, as long as the core materials are clearly rooted in textiles. The following is not an exhaustive list, but in terms of process this might include:

      • hand and/or machine stitch
      • weaving
      • collage/piecing
      • wrapping or binding
      • thread ‘drawing’
      • surface design
      • knitting and crochet

In terms of media, other elements can be incorporated such as dyes, discharge media, paint, paper, resin, wax and so forth.

Deadline for entries – 28th May 2021

The Jury & Selection Process

Applicants will need to take the above criteria into account as it provides the key guidelines for the selection process, with those bulleted of key importance.

The jury will comprise of established artists working with textiles; arts curators, academics or critics / historians and a representative of Upper Street Events. Selection will be made from digital images and the jury will get together via video link to build a shortlist. Once shortlisted applicants have been informed, they may be asked to submit additional images or information about their piece. We then intend to hold a second phase of judging where the ‘final cut’ will be decided. 

In order to keep standards high, the organisers and jury reserve the right to decline short-listed works on viewing.  


Entrants selected for the final exhibition will be eligible for two awards within this category:

Key Dates

28th May 2021: Submission deadline
7th – 11th June: Round one judging takes place
14th – 18th June: Shortlisted (and declined) applicants advised (by email)
28th June – 2nd July: Final cut decided by judges
5th – 9th July: Shortlisted works to arrive with shippers Bill Bowden

To download the  FATA document containing submission criteria and terms of entry, click here

Entry requirements & submission criteria

For more information on entry requirements, submission criteria, how to get your work to us, insurance and return of your work, please click below.

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