Northern Ireland’s Linen Biennale celebrates the past, present and future landscape of linen through an extended arts festival. Presented and hosted by multiple venues across the region, the inaugral event took place in August, September and October 2018, with the 2020 programme now in development.
Every two years R-Space Gallery, Lisburn leads on a three-month festival of arts, craft and design, including exhibitions and installations, conference, master-classes, and performances under the key themes of Recall, Rethink and Reform.
The Linen Biennale stimulates new thinking about Ireland’s oldest textile products: flax and linen. Reaching out to the last of a generation who worked in the heyday of Ulster’s linen production, the Linen Biennale forms a bridge to connect our internationally renowned linen heritage with contemporary uses and highlight the very best in cutting-edge developments from around the world.
Showing linen’s applications within arts, craft, design and technology from past, present and future perspectives gives the linen story relevance to a wide range of audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Presenting a collective story of Ulster linen in an international context will stimulate new ideas and developments in Northern Ireland.