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Contemporary Textiles Fair 2018

CTF CTF 2018 Overview

Hangable and wearable art

Friday 16 – Sunday 18 March 2018

6 – 8.30pm
10am – 5pm
10am – 5pm

The Contemporary Textiles Fair 2018 brings you over 70 stands featuring the best contemporary textiles in the UK. This annual event is almost unique in its focus on textile artists and makers, unencumbered by suppliers and other craft disciplines. Our exhibitors show and sell a vast range of contemporary textiles, from needle-felted wool portraiture, to silk-knitted garments, stitched mixed media canvases, to geometric weaving.

This year we are celebrating the Eco Textiles movement within the textile art world, an increasingly important subject in the textile world, and a focus that many emerging and practising artists and designers have taken on board as part of their own ethos. Ecology in relation to textiles is a broad subject, from taking care where and how raw materials are sourced to rejecting the use of man-made fibres and dyes. Artists have started taking this a step further by taking these considerations into their processes, and also imbuing their work with these values.

Besides the many stands, during the weekend we have a full programme of:

Special exhibitions (this page):

A talk (this page):


Get a fuller flavour of the fair, through past fairs: photos, video….

£4 / £3 seniors & students / LAC members and U16s free
Address, Travel options, …

CTF Special Exhibition Journey

Journey by Ross Belton, an outside installation work in the grounds of the Landmark Arts Centre, is of eco and rust dyed fabric meandering through the natural space.

Not applicable (as in the grounds of the Centre)

CTF Special Exhibition Liminal Objects & Sluice Creek Cloths

Local artist Debbie Lyddon has been invited back to the Contemporary Textiles Fair, this year to exhibit her work inspired by the coast, and what she notices when walking through the landscape.

Lyddon's often sculptural pieces evoke moody skies and sweeping scenery, without becoming a direct representation of a particular vista. Her experimentation with non-traditional materials such as bitumen and dried out sea salty, alongside her main staple; cloth, introduces an element of conscious, process based decision making; informed by natural environment.

The coast especially provides many opportunities for an artist to notice the man-made elements amongst nature: the bitumen used to protect boats, metal rings essential in sail making, wax to waterproof cloth from the sea. Lyddon utilises these materials in her work, influencing a transformation of their use to create a multi-sensory experience of place. She notices the ecologies of an environment; whether through balance or imbalance, and this observance is imbued within her process based artworks.

A particularly successful practice has been her use of nature within her artistic activity; laying her cloths in the sea, a multi-layered process that leaves behind not only the natural salts once dry, but a delicate form of mark-making from the waves washing over them. A direct use of place – leaving behind a solidified memory of an environment.

Not applicable – part of the Contemporary Textiles Fair

CTF Special Exhibition Sea and Sky

Sea and Sky is an International Feltmakers Association (IFA) exhibition displaying members’ feltmaking skills and creativity on the theme of Sea and Sky. The aim of the show is to celebrate the diversity of contemporary feltmaking within a theme.

Sea and Sky has already toured to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Alexandra Palace in London, and The Big Textiles Fair in Leicester.

Not applicable – part of the Contemporary Textiles Fair

CTFTalk Moments of Being – Debbie Lyddon

Saturday 17 March 2018

12noon – 1pm

Debbie Lyddon will be talking about her work, inspired by the experiences of the North Norfolk coastline. A multi-sensory talk which includes sound from the environment that inspired her and access to her own sketchbooks to look at and touch.

Booking is essential.

Free for attendees of the Contemporary Textiles Fair
To book:
020 8977 7558 or LAC Education

Back to summary Contemporary Textiles Fair listing (on Exhibition & Fairs' page).

Contact Us…

Opening Hours

  • An event or class: see relevant What's On or Classes' entry.
  • The Centre: open to general visitors… Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm.
  • Box Office: see under How to Book.

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  • Accessible events & classes: marked with the wheelchair symbol.
  • For advice on parking: please telephone LAC Office in advance

Hearing Assistance

  • Main hall: an induction loop is installed.

Food and Drink

  • Café / bar: open for most events; check event listing. For our fairs caterer Enjoy! operates the café, serving tasty home-made food as Enjoy!@The Landmark. What's available at the bar / café.
  • Pre-show supper: available for events marked supper. See event listing for menu and booking deadline. Catering by Enjoy!.

Our Address

Landmark Arts Centre Ferry Road Teddington TW11 9NN United Kingdom

(in South West London, between Twickenham, Richmond, and Kingston-upon-Thames).

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Travel Options

  • Train: Waterloo to Teddington (33 minutes), then just over 10 minutes' signposted walk
  • Bus: R68, 281, 285 all stop outside the Centre; 33 via Waldegrave Road
  • Tube: District line to Richmond and then bus R68
  • Cycle: on-site parking for up to 12 bicycles
  • Car: no parking on site but free parking in surrounding streets.

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How to Book…

  • Online: where indicated
  • In person or by phone: Box Office open Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 4pm (and from 1pm on the day of weekend performances). Telephone bookings (card only): 020 8977 7558
  • By post: send an SAE and a cheque payable to ‘Landmark Arts Centre’ to our address.

Please note…

  • Booking fees: a £1 fee applies to all card transactions; a 50p postage fee applies if you wish to have your tickets posted and haven’t supplied an SAE.
  • Refunds: we cannot refund tickets or class bookings unless the event or class is full and we are able to re-sell the ticket / class place. An admin. fee of £1 will be deducted from the refund.

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  • Concessions: available to LAC members and others as noted for the event, workshop or class.
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