We are pleased to welcome The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award back for its second year in 2020.
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.

The Judging Panel

Freddie Robins – Senior Tutor and Reader in Textiles at the Royal College of Art, London

Freddie Robins (b.1965) produces contemporary art works using textile materials and processes. She is renowned for her inventive and provocative use of knitting. Her work explores pertinent contemporary issues of feminism and the human condition, questioning conformity and notions of normality. Robins predominantly produces work for public exhibition, most recently New Doggerland, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London and Material: Textile, Messums Wiltshire. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and Crafts Council.

Richard McVetis – Artist

Richard McVetis is a British artist and a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2008. Shortlisted for the 2018  Loewe Craft Prize, he  regularly exhibits in the UK and internationally. His practice is deeply rooted in process and hand embroidery. Recording time and space through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses. He lives and works in London.

Jo Hall – Writer, curator and editor of Embroidery Magazine

Jo Hall is currently the Editor of Embroidery magazine (published by the Embroiderers’ Guild). Jo graduated with a degree in fine art textiles from Goldsmiths University, since when she has worked as a writer and editor for various magazines, newspapers and radio, as well as co-curating textile exhibitions.

Rosy Greenlees – Executive Director of the Crafts Council

Rosy Greenlees, OBE, has been Executive Director of the Crafts Council since 2006.  A national organisation promoting the value of craft and making to society, the Crafts Council has supported thousands of makers through its talent development programmes; brings high quality craft to an annual audience of over 3 million through its exhibitions, Collection and events; and leads a national campaign for re-instating craft education in schools. Rosy spent her early career as a visual arts curator before taking on senior roles including Cultural Strategy Manager responsible for the Mayor of London’s first culture strategy; and founder Director of the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise.Rosy is President of the World Crafts Council and a member of the Creative Industries Council.  She is a Trustee on the Creative & Cultural Skills Board, a Fellow of the RSA and Honorary Fellow of Arts University Bournemouth and the City and Guilds of London College of Art.

Dr Sue Marks – British Quilt Historian/Academic

Dr Sue Marks developed a strong interest in Art and Design History, earning her PhD in Textiles from the University of Sunderland in 2006. Her doctoral thesis explored the divisions therein by examining contemporary quiltmaking practices, and also included a comparative study of historical quiltmaking in the United Kingdom and the United States. She has acted as a judge in several international quilt exhibitions and additionally has authored essays on a variety of quilt exhibits and quilt related topics that have been published in exhibition catalogues and magazines. Dr. Marks is currently an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Museum.

How to Apply


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