The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award is going ahead despite the

postponement of the Festival of Quilts. ​

Back for its second year in 2020, we plan to continue with FATA but with a few adjustments. Round one of the award (and possibly round two) will be judged remotely, and although the exhibition of shortlisted work can no longer be displayed at The Festival of Quilts, it will take pride of place amongst the Textile Galleries at The Knitting & Stitching Shows as planned.

FATA is an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium.

The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award will recognise the creative talents and skills of a broad community of high-calibre artists (including quilters) and will celebrate textiles’ rightful place amongst high art.

Our aim is to present work that meets the following criteria and is of a standard that:

  • Would be considered as fine art and worthy of premium gallery space
  • Transcends its craft or making process, standing alone as visual art.
  • Is clearly rooted in and reflecting of the inspiration, source, concept or idea of the artist, with fully resolved composition.
  • Is rooted within the medium of textile, meaning that cloth and thread are used as the pivotal materials/media.
  • 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 key/pivotal materials are clearly rooted in textiles. Without providing an exhaustive list, 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.

How to Apply

The Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award is sponsored by