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Fabrications Exchange Panel & METIS

A celebration of textiles through the eyes of artists in Pennine Lancashire September 2017

Time & Date: 11am, Friday 29th September to Tuesday 29th August

Fabrications Exchange


Fabrications is the UK's first festival that celebrates and explores textiles and the textile industry through the eyes of artists. Taking place in galleries, museums and former textile mills across Blackburn, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle throughout September.

As part of Fabrications Exchange final weekend programme Creative Lancashire will explore the broader themes of Skills, Migration and Heritage through a series of panel conversations with (and for) industry and professional textiles practitioners, 

Fabrications Themes:

  • Skills: We will consider the impact and influence of the specialist and established skills pertinent to the textile heritage of Lancashire in traditional and current day industries and applications, as well as through the arts.
  • Migration: We look at the global influence of Lancashire through those who came to the area to work with the textiles trade and examine what the dynamic and relationship looks like today. We will look at migration in its broadest sense, including from other areas of the UK, Asia, population movement and all migration.
  • Heritage: In what ways the textiles industry have become part of the DNA of local people, how does it shape their identity, how does it manifest itself now, what are the traces left from the past?


Fabrications Talks & Panels Programme: Friday 29 September

Morning Session 10.30-12.20

Fabrications Exchange Panel

Amanda Odlin-Bates - University of Central Lancashire
Michael Brennand-Wood -
Sarah Lloyd - Panaz
Steve Kay - NW Texnet

A panel of leading textiles artists, designers, industrialists, and academics will address the themes and provide an insight into the ways textiles industry, skills and material still remain parts of our lives and its relationship to global markets.

Afternoon Session: 13.20-17.00

Conversations in Creativity - Art in Manufacturing

Jamie Holman -
Jeni McConnell -
Elena Gifford - National Festival of Making
Simon Attard - Panaz

A Conversation in Creativity panel bringing together some of the artist practitioners, manufacturers and commissioners who collaborated to create work for the recent Art & Manufacturing project presented earlier this year at the first National Festival of Making which brought together hidden industries with exceptional artists to produce staggering and unexpected results.

Both panel sessions are aimed at textiles sector professionals, practitioners, designers, industry professionals, students, academics and researchers

Followed by:

METIS - World Factory (Performance)

Made in China. Sold in Britain. Worn by you. 

From the factory floor to the catwalk, from Shanghai to Burnley, World Factory weaves together stories of people connected by the global textile industry. Featuring stunning video and a powerful score, the show gives audiences a first-hand experience of the sharp end of fast fashion. World Factory is being shown in the atmospheric, now-derelict Brierfield Mill, an ex-textile factory that closed in 2010, which played a vital part in Britain’s own textile history. Transportation to and from Brierfield Mill will be provided.
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Exhibition & Displays

During the lunch break delegates will be able to visit exhibits and view works created by some of the speakers other designers, artists, manufacturers and organisations


10.30 Registration & Networking
11.00 Fabrications Textile Industry Panel Discussion
12.20 Lunch & Exhibition
13.15 Conversations in Creativity: Art in Manufacturing
14.30 Travel to Brierfield Mill
15.00 METIS World Factory (Performance & post show discussion talk)
17.30 END


Fabrications Exchange is free to attend but registration is essential via the Eventbrite Page

Image: Bed by Bella May Leonard (Originally commissioned by the Festival of Making & Super Slow Way as part of Art in Manufacturing)


The Chimney Room
Sandgate Square
Slater Terrace
BB11 1RN