Making:50 Contemporary Textiles Exhibition at Peebles Library, Museum & Gallery – opens 1st April

Peebles Library, Museum and Gallery, at the chambers institution, High Street, Peebles is hosting Making:50 a landmark textiles exhibition created by the Textile Study Group which opens on Saturday 1st April at 10am – 3pm.

The Textile Study Group who reaches a milestone anniversary will be 50 in 2023. For half a century this group has been at the forefront of innovative making, teaching, and textile art practice. Since its inception in 1973, and originally established to support tutors of embroidery, the group has evolved and grown in stature and is now one of the UK’s most prestigious and respected groups of textile artists and tutors.

The Textile Study Group maintains a core membership of 25 experienced textile teachers, all of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their forward-thinking and challenging approaches to art practice, contemporary teaching and making. Many members are published authors of best-selling textile, art, and design books, and many have won prizes and awards for their outstanding work in the world of textiles, as have their students.

The Textile study group are celebrating their anniversary year with a significant touring exhibition – Making:50 which is starting off at Peebles Library, Museum & Gallery.

Assistant Curator, Phoebe Stewart said:

‘This exhibition is a visual feast for the eyes. The work produced by the Textile Study Group is absolutely stunning.’

The group have also publishing a limited edition bespoke book. Both will include new and exciting work from our current membership, and acknowledge those who paved the way by initiating ‘Group ‘73’, (which later evolved into the Practical Study Group, renamed the Textile Study Group in 2010). Each new artwork in this anniversary exhibition includes an element of 50 – either obviously or obscurely – and some artists will be discussing their work in an exciting series of online lectures and Meet the Artist events and textiles based workshops.

Exhibition details

Peebles Library, Museum & Gallery, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles, EH45 8AG

(1st April – 5th August 2023)


Julia Triston

Events & Exhibitions Officer, Textile Study Group


Siân Martin

Chair, Textile Study Group


Lois Blackburn

Communications Officer, Textile Study Group

loisartist@icloud.com https://textilestudygroup.co.uk