sit festival Annemarie O'Sullivan workshop Credit: Alison King: DIS/rupt

Select Festival 2017
29 April – 28 May


The 2017 Select Festival has been packed away, carpets rolled up and soon we will be looking to 2018. It was a fantastic festival with thousands of visitors coming to enjoy the exhibitions and events on offer as well as staying to enjoy the glorious Cotswold countryside. The Textile Study Group created extraordinary and moving work in response to the theme of DIS/rupt.

New venues were used and proved to be a success. One venue being Miserden Nursery and SIT select is planning to be there in the main garden in 2018.

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DIS/rupt will be launched as part of the Select Festival 2017
The Textile Study Group is preparing a major exhibition project with associated workshops, gallery events and a publication, under the title DIS/rupt. Curated by Dr Melanie Miller, DIS/rupt will show across two venues in Stroud as part of the Select Festival 2017 presented by SIT Select. It is intended that the exhibition will then tour.
The DIS/ruptproject is the result of a series of workshops and discussions between the TSG group exploring several main themes. A programme of linked workshops and events will provide opportunities for participation, learning and discussion.

Disruption is something that affects everyone on all sorts of different levels. Dr Melanie Miller comments:

“We live in an uncertain world. The only certainty now seems to be uncertainty.
Life is full of disruption on personal, political, local and global scales.”

Read about the development of their work and news here

Festival exhibitions in
meme art cafe – Malthouse Bar & Kitchen – Miserden Nursery – The Goods Shed in Tetbury – Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
Surprise shop trail competition
Malthouse Bar & Kitchen showing ‘Future Giants’ new work by Nicola Grellier
meme cafe Bar – ‘Hope’ drawings by Jilly Cobbe
New Collectives Fair 20 / 21 May

Partnership with New Brewery Arts Cirencester: workshops, exhibition and curated contemporary jewellery showcase  NBA are offering 15% off room bookings to the new Barrel Store for Festival event attendees go to  The Barrel Store, is a boutique hostel at New Brewery Arts, with a mix of single, double, family and shared rooms (most en-suite), a self- catering kitchen and dining room.
To book online visit their website and quote discount code SIT17
Cirencester is just a 20 minute drive from Stroud along the A419.

New Brewery Arts exhibition: Spring Fling 25 March – 14 May
This spring New Brewery Arts are proud to bring exciting and beautiful new work from South West Scotland down to South West England. 
Book now for exciting workshops at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester

We are delighted to be linking through to the newly refurbished Goods Shed in Tetbury with exhibition of work by Kerry Phippen; an evening concert presented by Daniel Bristow performed with the Amico Quartet on Saturday 13 May
Open for the Festival Fridays Saturdays & Sundays

NEW Sculpture Exhibition at Miserden Nursery plus two talks from leading garden experts and designers.

INSPIRED II with felt artists: Sarah Brooker / Heather Potten / Rosie Doyle ACP Centre Painswick

Symposium Saturday May 6th
SIT select will be holding a symposium DIS/rupting Tradition: New Textile Languages linked to the DIS/rupt project and focusing on the theme of disrupting tradition. This event will feature contributions from Melanie Miller, Alice Kettle, June Hill and
Michelle Stephens.
Details on the DIS/rupt project can be read here: DIS/rupt Press release view PDF

The 2017 festival promises exciting new venues, innovative artists exhibiting and plenty to enjoy and inspire. More to follow soon

Jilly Edwards is a contemporary tapestry weaver. She always travels with sketchbooks, journals and reading books so she can record moments and memories, recording these responses in quick gestural marks, whether of colour, shapes, textures or words. So when she returns to the studio she has an ‘aide memoire’ to help embellish her ideas.
SIT select filmed Jilly in her new home and studio in Bristol.
Filmed by Katie Watson.
See details of her latest exhibition
Jilly is also a Patron & Ambassador for SIT select.


Julie-SaundersCredit: Julie Saunders: DIS/rupt
ruth issettMisun Won: Jewellery Showcase
Festival Kerry Phippen Light Rider 2016 Ink on PaperCredit: Kerry Phippen ‘The Gentle Wild’
ruth issettRuth Issett: studio
LOCO glassLOCO glass
imageNicola Grellier
Mary SleighMary Sleigh
imageCelia Smith
Sarah Burgess. Tending Sarah Burgess. Tending


The free Festival brochure and tickets will be available from March 2017

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