Upper Street Events launch The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award


We have decided are to take the internationally acclaimed annual competition Fine Art Quilt Masters in an exciting new direction.

The Fine Art Quilt Masters category has traditionally been a celebration of quilts that transcend craft and demand equal billing with gallery quality fine art works, attracting entries from quilt artists from all over the world.  We are keen to recognise the creative talents and skills of a broader community of high-calibre artists and to celebrate textiles’ rightful place amongst high art, in a way that has not been done previously.

This year, and going forward, the category will therefore become the broader Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award, an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium.  The Award prize is £5,000 and the winning entry will be exhibited in a gallery at The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate in autumn 2019, as well as The Festival of Quilts in August.

While we continue to celebrate art quilts, we plan to lift the restrictions associated with the word ‘quilt’ (ie three layers pierced with stitch).

Work presented for the new Fine Art Textile Award must be considered as fine art and worthy of premium gallery space.  It must transcend its craft or making process, standing alone as visual art and be rooted within the medium of textiles, with cloth and thread used as the pivotal materials/media.  Entries must reflect the artist’s inspiration, source, concept or idea, with fully resolved composition.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this move and spread the word among your friends and colleagues.

How to Enter

The full submission criteria and details for entering can be found here.
To enter please complete the submission form by 3rd May 2019.

Festival of Quilts COVID-19 Update

At present we very much hope that Festival of Quilts will go ahead as planned, however we are closely monitoring the situation and continue to follow and adhere to UK Government and Public Health England advice.

Tickets for The Festival of Quilts 2020 (including tickets for workshops and social events) will now be going on sale in April with the usual priority booking for members of the Quilters Guild.

We will ensure to keep you updated on this evolving situation (including the new date tickets will be on sale); please sign up to our newsletter to receive all important notifications on our ticket launch and show programme.


Please be assured that during this period of uncertainty, we will continue to offer full refunds to visitors should the event not go ahead.

Thank you for bearing with us during this incredibly difficult time.

Useful information

UK Government Response to COVID-19

NHS Advice

World Health Organisation