Please donate now to help us transform Arnolfini into a living, breathing textile studio.
This summer, we are working with renowned textile artist Alice Kettle to create an inspiring exhibition: Threads, featuring work by over 20 international artists who work with textiles, including: Anya Paintsil, Yinka Shonibare, Ibrahim Mahama, Farwa Moledina, Raisa Kabir, Lubaina Himid and Young In Hong.
We need to raise £20,000 in full to deliver an ambitious engagement programme, to bring Threads to life for as many members of the community as possible. We want to celebrate textiles as an art form that can create important connections across cultures.
With your support, we will transform Arnolfini into a living, breathing textile studio.
We will build a gigantic, interactive weaving machine in our theatre space for everyone to use.
Create a new textile workshop space, open for everyone, every day.
Host free, weekly family activities throughout the summer holidays, delivered by our creatives-in-residence Let’s Make Art.
Bring people together to knit, chat, share stories and make art in Arnolfini’s spaces.
Our resident Women’s Craft Club will invite women from refugee and asylum communities to work with exhibiting artists and share their traditions and skills with visitors.
Celia Pym will bring her Mending Project to Arnolfini, exploring the visible mending and repair of textiles that carry personal stories and memories.
Farwa Moledina will create a Majlis – a sitting room for social gatherings filled with bespoke textile patterns and cushions, where you are all welcome to join us.
Please help Arnolfini to create a new community of makers, forming new memories, and telling new stories about the lives we live, through textiles. Help us to bring thousands of people together to find common threads.
Every donation through Art Happens brings the campaign closer to its goal. Choose an exclusive reward inspired by the project and created by the people involved – and take your very own piece of the campaign away with you.