The Janome Fine Art Textiles Award

The Janome Fine Art Textiles Award 2021 is an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium, with a main prize of £5,000 awarded to the winning piece.

To download all the information, terms of entry and submission criteria for FATA 2021 please click here.

Upper Street Events (part of Immediate Media Co) aim 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 textiles, 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 core materials are clearly rooted in textiles. The following is not an exhaustive list, but 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.
Deadline for entries – 28th May 2021

The Jury & Selection Process

Applicants will need to take the above criteria into account as it provides the key guidelines for the selection process, with those bulleted of key importance.

The jury will comprise of established artists working with textiles; arts curators, academics or critics / historians and a representative of Upper Street Events. Selection will be made from digital images and the jury will get together via video link to build a shortlist. Once shortlisted applicants have been informed, they may be asked to submit additional images or information about their piece. We then intend to hold a second phase of judging where the ‘final cut’ will be decided. 

In order to keep standards high, the organisers and jury reserve the right to decline short-listed works on viewing.


Entrants selected for the final exhibition will be eligible for two awards within this category:

Overall Winner

Sponsor to be announced

One piece of work that stands out as fine art.

Prize £5,000


Innovative Use of Textiles

Sponsored by Her Quiet Materials

One piece of work that clearly demonstrates a particularly complex and/or powerful approach of the use of textiles.

Prize £500

Key Dates

28th May 2021: Submission deadline

7th – 11th June: Round one judging takes place

14th – 18th June: Shortlisted (and declined) applicants advised (by email)

28th June – 2nd July: Final cut decided by judges

5th – 9th July: Shortlisted works to arrive with shippers Bill Bowden

To download the  FATA document containinsubmission criteria and terms of entry, click here

Entry requirements & submission criteria

For more information on entry requirements, submission criteria, how to get your work to us, insurance and return of your work, please click below.

The Janome Fine Art Textile Award is sponsored by: