Funky Aardvark C.I.C.
  • Welcome to the 2017 National Open Textile Exhibition

    We are proud to present the annual exhibition that celebrates textiles in all their forms recognising them as fine art and function alike.

  • Prizes and Sponsors

    The first place winner will receive

    From the ICHF

    A gallery space at the Fashion & Embroidery show at the NEC in 2018

    From the Embroiderers' Guild

    A travel bursary to be used by the winner for research, inspiration or time with a senior embroiderer - value £500

    Access to the EG Collection, folios and library now housed in Halton, near Aylesbury

    An article in Stitch or Embroidery magazine

    Exhibition of selected pieces on the Guild's Stand at Knitting & Stitching Show - London or Harrogate

    A feature on the Guild website with links to the winners website

    A feature on FaceBook immediately following the award of the prize

    The second place winner will receive

    From Funky Aardvark/Chester Art Textile Society

    £250 cash to use on their textile work

    From Black Mango

    A creative business mentorship focused on distribution, marketing, PR & strategy with Shirly-Ann O'Neil MA.

    From Madeira Threads

    A mini treasure chest of threads worth £99 RSP

    Special award

    Special Rowan Award (entrants using yarn in particular and/or using knit or crochet)

    Rowan yarn of the winner’s choice up to the value of £250 RRP

  • Judging

    Jane Bolsover, Creative Projects Manager, ICHF Events

    Bex Raven MA, Managing Director at Funky Aardvark and award winning textile Artist.

    Rowan Judge for Rowan special award

  • Guidelines

    Entries are welcome from any British based Artist whether professional or amateur.

    All work must contain a textile element but may be mixed media.

    Work may be 2d or 3d, decorative (fine art, sculpture etc) or functional (quilts, jewellery, clothing etc)

    There is no size restriction on work entered

    Work is to have been completed during the 12 months prior to entry - ie. between 15th January 2016 and 15th January 2017.

    Each Artist may submit up to 4 pieces.

    Full terms and conditions of entry

  • How to enter

    Take 2 good quality photographs of each piece of your work - one full view and one of an interesting detail. Use these to show your work in it's best light. Poor quality photographs will not help the judges see how good your work is. Use natural light and make sure work is on a plain, neutral coloured background.

    Complete the form either digitally or print it out and scan it back in

    word form to fill on pc

    PDF to print

    Pay your £10 entry fee per piece - this can be done by card over the phone, via Paypal online or you can visit the gallery to pay. You will be given a receipt number which goes on your entry form. We have been having problems with the Paypal payment system and our emails as so many of you have been sending in your entries over the final 48 hours so have extended the deadline to help you get your entries in and not miss out on the opportunity to enter this amazing competition. All entries received up to the day before the notification deadline of April the 15th will be eligible for entry as long as the form and payment have been received and confirmed by this date as we have also been lucky enough to also have secured extra space for the exhibition too!

    Email your images and the form to

  • Pay for your entry by Paypal here


    Prefer not to pay by Paypal or find that the Paypal button is misbehaving! - then either call the Gallery on 01244 630202 or pay in person at the Gallery.

  • Are you interested in running a workshop?

    During the exhibition we have opportunities for workshops to complement the theme. If you are interested in running a workshop please contact us at and mark it for the attention of Suzy Huxley our workshop co-ordinator.