Summer School 2024

Summer School 2024

Hillscourt Hotel, Rose Hill, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RS
Monday 15 – Thursday 18 July 2024

Each July we run a Summer School led by a rotating trio of tutors from our membership.

This year our Summer School theme is ‘Travelling Lines’ with tutors Jane McKeating , Polly Pollock and Dorothy Tucker.

There are still a few places available on Polly’s exciting course: Shape, Form, Basket. Polly has been making and teaching basketry for many years. Her long basketry journey began with an interest in textiles, her work having gone through many transitions. For the past 15 years Polly has worked increasingly with paper, exploring more personal themes, most recently in her work ‘Kitchen Drawer: Emergency Home Repairs” for the TSG Making:50 exhibition. 

Polly Pollock. Making:50 stitched and woven structures.

Shape, form, basket:

Lines joined up form shapes. Shape and lines intersecting in space create form. Form becomes basket.

After considering the qualities of lines through drawing and mark-making, you will explore how materials can represent these. Baskets are created by linear materials interweaving. You will experiment with materials, colour, scale, density, surface, stitch… Your work might be materials/technique led, or informed by a more personal theme, like tracing the steps of a familiar walk.

Basketry is a slow and meditative craft, allowing time for contemplation and experimentation; it is rooted in ancient traditions, with enormous potential for experimentation and innovation. You may focus on a single piece, or a small collection of exploratory samples to develop further in your own time.

Further details and booking via our website:

Be a STAR!

Star Project Award text, brightly coloured embroidery and thread

We are delighted to be able to offer a biannual award of £1500 for a Star Project.

Apply for this award to share your passion for contemporary textiles through leading a project for a group you know or would like to set up. Many of us are changing the way we share our knowledge and skills, and we want to reach out to wider audiences.

A Star Project could take place online or in an informal setting such as a village or religious hall, library or community centre or gallery, school, college or adult education centre, or in an outdoor setting.

Applying for the award could enable you to research and develop ideas, source materials and equipment, and devise a learning experience which is inclusive and creative. Please find further information and the application form on our website –Closing date for applications is 31 May 2024.

Please visit our Star Page for more details.

Star Project Award text, brightly coloured embroidery and thread
Star Project Award

Making:50 at Farnham

Making:50 at Farnham

The Textile Study Group marked its 50th anniversary in 2023. For half a century, this group has been at the forefront of innovative making, teaching and textile art practice, and we are still going strong. We are celebrating this milestone, and our achievements, with a significant exhibition of new and exciting work from our current membership: Making:50. The exhibition continues until 27th April at its third exhibition location: The Crafts Study Centre, Farnham. 

On Thursday 4th April there will be an opportunity to ‘Meet the Artists’, with six of our members in conversation with Dr Stephen Knott, Director of the Crafts Study Centre. 

On Tuesday 23rd April there will be an online closing event, with Julia Triston, Siân Martin and Mandy Pattullo in discussion with Stephen Knott about their own work, the impact of the Making:50 exhibition and future plans for the group against a backdrop of increased interest in textile research and practice. 

Event booking is via Crafts Study Centre website.

The beautiful, limited-edition publication we commissioned to accompany the exhibition is available from the Crafts Study Centre or you can order it for posting anywhere in the world from our online shop.

Alice Fox, March 2024

Making:50 Workshop with Sarah Burgess

Making:50 Workshop with Sarah Burgess

To celebrate the Making:50 exhibition and Ltd Edition publication at The Ropewalk, Barton, the gallery are holding a day workshop led by TSG member Sarah Burgess.

Saturday 21st October, 10.30- 3.45pm Duration 5 hours 15 mins.

You will explore simple print techniques on semi-transparent materials to create layered experiments with print and stitch. Participants will create a series of experimental pieces to develop further in their own time. 

Suitable for enthusiastic beginners or more experienced participants.

Cost £70.00 Limited places are available, please contact the Gallery for booking and details tel 01652 660390