Thornton Road, Bradford, BD13 3LD


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june, 2020

05jun6:00 pm9:00 pmInkerwoven Work in Progress ExhibitionInspired by Bradford College Textile Archive

Event Details

Opening Event 18.00-21.00 Fri 5 June 2020

Work in Progress Exhibition by Inkerwoven Collective

Experimental drawing workshop by artist Shelley Burgogne as part of opening event.

Tim Hales exhibition in Unit 9

Exhibitions continue to Sun 28 June

INKERS is a group of contemporary Yorkshire printmakers who have been working together to collaborate, to exhibit and to design creative projects since 2000. We each have very different creative interests, but are united by a fascination with the potential of printmaking to explore and realise our ideas. Between us we make use of a wide range of techniques, including etching, drypoint, collagraph, screenprint, relief and photogravure.

Creating new art in response to gallery and museum collections has always excited us and we’ve already worked as a group with Bradford Industrial Museum and Cliffe Castle Museum. INKERWOVEN is our next step as a group. Join us on our journey…

The Inspiration:

THE TEXTILE ARCHIVE is Bradford College’s cultural heritage study centre and maps the history of the industry that made the city great. Since Bradford emerged as a global pioneer of the textile industry in the 19th century, the College played a key role in the education of those who created and maintained its fame and wealth.

The Archive holds an extraordinary range of early student designs, and its industry collections offer a fascinating glimpse into the fashions of the past: tiny calico prints of the 1780s; large bright designs of 1850s crinoline fabrics; new developments in synthetic dyes and fibres; beautiful figured gauzes of the 1900s and kitsch designs of the 1950s.

See the Archive for Yourself

The collections can be accessed by appointment with curator Helen Farrar who is always keen to welcome interested visitors.

Find out more at:


Tel: 01274 088355

The Project

INKERWOVEN is a year long creative response to the unique collections at the Bradford College Textile Archive through the medium of contemporary printmaking. 15 printmakers, 4 exhibitions, 7 workshop venues, 1 amazing Archive.

Printmaking and Textiles are both rooted in the creative and commercial life of Bradford. Inkerwoven connects and celebrates the two with an exhibition of new work in print responding to Bradford’s rich textile heritage. Throughout 2020 Inkers members will visit the Textile Archive to explore its treasures and develop new artwork in response. As we work towards our final show, we’ll share our creative thinking and the techniques we use through a series of printmaking workshops across the region.

We’ll also document our progress though Work in Progress Exhibitions at Yorkshire galleries chosen for their connections with textiles, printmaking or both.



(Friday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Main Gallery, South Square Centre


South Square Centre