The Bradford Textile Society Design Competition

Date: 17th February 2016 | Category: News


The Bradford Textile Society Design Competition has become one of the largest textile design competitions in the UK and continues to go from strength to strength each year in terms of numbers, breadth of participants and quality of entries. 

The Design Competition 2015 - 2016 - Closing date for entries: Friday 11th March 2016

♦ Opportunities for all textile design students and  design professionals

♦ Categories include Print, Weave, Knit, Combined Processes, Mixed Media – and Fashion/Textiles

♦ Special categories for 1st year students to encourage creative experimentation

♦ Additional special prizes including placements and a visit to Premiere Vision Paris in September

♦ The UK’s premier Textile Design Competition

The prize fund has grown to around £11,000, thanks to the generosity of a number of high profile sponsors:

- The Clothworkers’ Foundation

- The Worshipful Company of Dyers

- The Woolmark Company

- The Campaign for Wool

- British Wool Marketing Board

- The Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust

- The Merchants of the Staple of England

- The Association of Fashion and Textile Courses

- Prestigious Textiles Ltd.

- Holland & Sherry Ltd.

- Luxury Fabrics Ltd.

- Retail and Textile Company

Open to all students from UK Universities and Colleges, independent and professional designers in the UK textile Industry, the number of entries has risen dramatically over the years to well over 900 from 34 different institutions.

The Design Competition is unique in its breadth, having 15 different categories to cover a diverse range of textile disciplines and specialisms, as well as a number of special awards. In addition to the prize money and certificates there is the opportunity of industry placements and a visit to Premiere Vision Paris for four of the successful winners.

Prizes are presented annually at an Award Ceremony, which this year is to be held on 6th May at the exciting new Dye House Gallery at Bradford College with the keynote speaker, Linda Watson, the renowned fashion writer and journalist.

Students and tutors have traveled from all over the country to this annual event, joined by members of the industry, to receive their prizes and view an exhibition of winning work.

The Awards Ceremony and exhibition have become a platform for the industry to meet new budding talent and many successful careers have been launched as a result, a testimony to the esteem of this Competition.


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