Upper Street Events are delighted to announce the launch of the Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award, an international juried exhibition open to both amateur and professional artists using textiles as their medium.  The ultimate aim is to elevate the recognition and profile textile artists receive within the UK and globally.

This award replaces what was formerly known as Fine Art Quilt Masters (exhibited at the Festival of Quilts), aiming to continue to celebrate art quilts but to lift the restrictions associated with the word ‘quilt’. The award will be annual and comes with a £5,000 prize value, along with an additional prize of £500 for the most innovative use of textiles.

Selected works will be exhibited at The Festival of Quilts and also at The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London & Harrogate. The final winner will be selected at the Festival of Quilts and announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 1st August at the NEC Birmingham.

We hope this award and exhibition will really shine a spotlight on the phenomenal practice of fine art textiles today.

The judges for the inaugural award are:

Jan Beaney – Textile Artist, Lecturer & Author

Diana Harrison MA RCA – Textile artist and maker; lecturer in Textiles at the University for Creative Arts, Farnham

June Hill – Independent Curator / Writer

Alice Kettle – Artist and Professor of Arts

Jean Littlejohn – Textile Artist, Lecturer & Author

Lesley Millar- Director, International Textile Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts

The judges were unanimous in their decision on all the pieces and we very much hope that the final juried selection has been made to deliver an exhibition that will recognise and celebrate textiles’ rightful place amongst fine art.

See the shortlist for the 2019 Fine Art Textiles Awards below.


The Fine Art Textiles Award is sponsored by