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    • 26-Jan-2018
    • 29-Apr-2018
    • New Lanark Visitor Centre


    This stunning exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles with highlights including prints of work by Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

    See over 200 rare pieces displayed in the UK, outwith London, for the first time.

    Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers.

    New Lanark are delighted that Artist Textiles will be the first exhibition to open the redeveloped Exhibition Gallery in 2018.

    For more information please click here.


    • 06-Apr-2018
    • 29-Apr-2018
    • Review Gallery, The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow



    An exhibition of new work from the studio of Fashion Foundry featuring work of the designers Anika Hoppel, Lion Palm, MG GabrielRory Hutton, Kathryn Fuller, and Squint.

    • 23-Apr-2018
    • 29-Apr-2018

    Fashion Revolution Week is a #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which happens at the time of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013.

    This week is used to encourage millions of people to ask brands ‘Who made my clothes’ and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.

    Read more here.


    • 03-May-2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Studio, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE

    The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is organising an Emerging Technologies Showcase event to show off new sensor technologies from UK universities and their spinout companies. Exhibitors will demonstrate their emerging sensor technologies and talk about how they work and may be used in potential applications.

    Brought to you by the KTN’s Emerging Technologies and Industries team, the showcase will introduce you to new sensor technologies from the UK’s research base and put you in touch with university enterprise managers and knowledge transfer offices.

    Our aim is to help disseminate emerging sensor technologies that can be commercialised or have a positive impact on society or the environment.

    We will facilitate new collaborations with industry and end users to take these technologies forward and apply them in the development of new products and services.

    Additionally, we will provide support and facilitation to enable collaborative projects with industry to identify and apply for grant funding to take those projects forward.

    Showcase Format: The showcase will open with an introduction from the KTN’s Emerging Technologies and Industries team and include information on funding opportunities. Following this, a talk on commercialising emerging technologies aims to guide would be entrepreneurs and those looking for equity funding. This will be followed by 5-minute presentations from each of the exhibitors. The newly formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – a merger of the UK research councils and Innovate UK – will be introduced. The KTN will then introduce Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), a grant aided mechanism whereby industry can benefit from the expertise in universities.

    The technology demonstrators will be exhibited around a room, each within its own space, where delegates can view the demonstrators, gain knowledge and ask questions. The goal is to allow delegates and exhibitors to network as much as possible during and after lunch.

    Details can be found here.


    • 03-May-2018
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Advanced Forming Research Centre, 85 Inchinnan Drive, Renfrewshire, PA4 9LJ

    The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a world leading research centre set up to test experimental manufacturing technologies pre-production, and features some great examples of digital innovation.

    Although the sectors traditionally associated with the AFRC are different to the textile industry, the capabilities and expertise have the potential to inspire creativity with regard to applications in this area, and how these might be applied in your organisation.

    The event will begin with a tour of the facilities and then followed by an opportunity to discuss how the technology and expertise could apply to businesses in the textiles sector.

    Registration will be available from 3.00pm at the AFRC and the tour will commence at 3.30pm. Following the tour there will be a discussion and networking reception until 7.00pm.

    The AFRC is based in Inchinnan, near Glasgow airport (85 Inchinnan Drive, Renfrewshire, PA4 9LJ).

    If you require return transport from the Technology and Innovation Centre, please select this option at the point of registration.

    To take advantage of this offer, please arrive at the Technology and Innovation Centre no later than 2.45pm.

    There are two return options, leave the AFRC at 5pm at the close of the tour or 7.00pm after the discussion session and drinks reception.


    Please register here.


    • 08-May-2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Scott & Fyfe LTD, Tayport Works, Nelson Street, Links Road, Tayport, Fife

    CeeD, in partnership with Booth Welsh invite you to come along to a Technology Clinic titled with a presentation titled, The Future Won’t Look Like the Past. As a forward-thinking engineering company, Booth Welsh have a host of knowledge in this area and this presentation will focus on the basics of Industry 4.0 and digitalisation. Attending the presentation will prove that Industry 4.0 is nothing to be scared of and will help you with ideas to embrace new technology advances in your business. It will touch on a variety of themes including the importance of upskilling, engaging with future generations as well as the importance of realising potential barriers and overcoming them with collaboration.

    As well as this, there will also be a short presentation from a Strathclyde University PhD student to discuss her work with the AFRC (Advanced Forming Research Centre) on developing the Augmented Worker, utilising fascinating new advances in Virtual and Augmented Reality.

    This session will, naturally, introduce the concept of Virtual Reality which will be on hand for attendees to trial – definitely not to be missed!

    The session will take place at Scott & Fyfe Ltd, Tayport Works, Nelson Street, Links Road, Tayport, Fife, DD6 9DQ. Please join us for the session on Tuesday 8th May 2018 from 09.30 for registration, starting at 10am and finishing by 12:30pm

    Registration is now open here.

    We look forward to welcoming you along!


    • 10-May-2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • J&D Wilkie Ltd, Marywell Works, Marywell Brae, Kirriemuir, DD8 4BJ

    The globally recognised Wilkie Group have been at the forefront of innovation in the technical textile sector for 150 years and have a global manufacturing footprint that includes manufacturing facilities in Scotland, China and India.

    Join them to learn how the Wilkie Group developed their market leading Advanced Textile Technology proposition to stay relevant in an industry whose origins date back thousands of years, winning new customers and delivering significant global growth in terms of both turnover and profits.

    details can be found here


    • 18-May-2018
    • 01-Jul-2018
    • New Lanark World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB

    The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to New Lanark – as you’ve never seen it before. Discover the story of the tapestry’s creation through original sketches, photography, memorabilia and memories from those closest to the project

    For the first time ever, panels from ‘The Great Tapestry of Scotland’ will be exhibited alongside fascinating insights from Dorie Wilkie, Lead Stitcher and her team of 1000+ stitchers who worked on the project across Scotland. The exhibition will also include original sketches and personal works by Andrew Crummy, the man behind the tapestry’s beautiful illustrative designs depicting key moments in Scotland’s history.

    New Lanark are delighted that Making the Great Tapestry of Scotland will be the second exhibition to open the redeveloped Exhibition Gallery in 2018.

    Click here for more details.


    • 30-May-2018
    • The Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld

    There’s never been a more exciting, but also disconcerting time to be involved in manufacturing. Industry 4.0 – the new model for manufacturing dominates all the conversations. But what does it mean for your business in terms of adoption, funding and skills?

    Practical industry led workshops, exhibition showcasing solution providers and support organisations, as well as the fabulous networking dinner the evening before completes the conference programme.

    This is the only event of its kind in Scotland, bringing together manufacturing professionals, public sector and stakeholders to debate, learn and network. The jam-packed programme will help you understand the steps your business can take to improve its productivity with world-class keynote speakers who will be thought-provoking, challenging and entertaining.

    Be the future and register your place now.


    • 01-Jun-2018
    • SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, G3 8YW


    It’s time to challenge the status quo. To consider new perspectives. To rethink the way we address our world and all things in it. Whether it’s a radical reassessment or a minor adjustment, let’s come together to discover the possibilities presented when we approach things anew.

    TEDxGlasgow invite you to join them in June 2018 to uncover the best and brightest ideas and innovations. Be part of an inspirational day, attended and watched by curious individuals from across the globe.

    TEDxGlasgow is a not for profit initiative; all the income from tickets goes towards the cost of putting on the event and running the organisation.

    Please note that there are limited tickets available and the past few years have sold out prior to the event. If you can’t be there in person, get involved in the conversations online and watch talks after the event online – get engaged, enjoy and get motivated!


    Tickets for TedX Glasgow available here.


    • 23-Jul-2018
    • 26-Jul-2018
    • School of Design, University of Leeds

    The Textile Institute is delighted to announce that the School of Design at the University of Leeds will be hosting The 91st Textile Institute World Conference.

    The conference theme "Integrating Design with Sustainable Technology" is focused on identifying and establishing interdisciplinary engagement in the textile manufacturing and retail industry through the various fields of technology, design, sustainability, research and economy.

    Click here for more details.

Past events

17-Apr-2018 Amazon Academy Glasgow
26-Mar-2018 The Future of Textiles and Fashion in Scotland
22-Mar-2018 Scottish Export Awards
14-Mar-2018 BIMA Scotland: Future of Fashion Evening
07-Mar-2018 Trends Masterclass / Glasgow
06-Mar-2018 Business Opportunities in Central & Eastern Europe Seminar
03-Mar-2018 Ripped Up By ReMode
01-Mar-2018 Trends Masterclass / Shetland
28-Feb-2018 Using SEO and social media to attract international customers
22-Feb-2018 Power of PR Workshop
13-Feb-2018 Preparing to Export Introductory Workshop
03-Feb-2018 A Fine Line Fashion Show
27-Jan-2018 Squeegee meets Screen: An Introduction to Printed Textiles
24-Jan-2018 Export Bootcamp for Companies With A Product
18-Jan-2018 Planning a Photoshoot with I'll Be Your Mirror
16-Jan-2018 Fashion Illustration Course
16-Jan-2018 Write That Funding Application
09-Jan-2018 Introduction to Funding for Creatives
23-Nov-2017 Sustainable Style
01-Nov-2017 Trade Shows and Selling Internationally: UKFT Seminar
27-Oct-2017 Handmade in Britain
24-Oct-2017 Future Manufacturing Conference 2017
04-Oct-2017 Trends Masterclass ii
27-Sep-2017 Scottish Resources Conference
21-Sep-2017 Design Junction
18-Sep-2017 Scottish Interiors: LDN
18-Jul-2017 Art of Possible: AR/VR Trends and Futures
16-Jun-2017 Water and Textile Interdependency in the Circular Economy
07-Jun-2017 XpoNorth Festival 2017
02-Mar-2017 Textile Trends Masterclass
28-Feb-2017 Introduction to Textiles - Technology
21-Feb-2017 Dyeing, Printing, Finishing, and Finishes
14-Feb-2017 Technical Textiles
10-Feb-2017 Analysis of Test Results By Use of Statistics
08-Feb-2017 Introduction to Textile Testing

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