Linen Biennale Conference 2018

03/10/2018 – 04/10/2018 @ All Day –

The Linen Biennale Conference will expand new thinking associated with Ireland’s oldest textile.

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Date(s) - 03/10/2018 - 04/10/2018
All Day

Lisburn Civic Centre


This ​ is​  a two day conference ​to be ​held in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 3rd and 4th October 2018 during the Northern Ireland Linen Biennale. Using the discount code of EARLYBIRDLB18 will reduce the ticket price by 10%.  This is available until 30th June 2018.  Book your tickets here 

The Biennale Conference aims to expand new thinking associated with Ireland’s oldest textile. The conference reaches out to stimulate collaboration between industry, trade bodies and academia with a focus on the fields of technology, design and research that will inform the creative industries and the wider economy.

Through engagement with local and international practitioners and audiences, the overall conference programme aims to foster fresh approaches to an ancient and truly European fibre, that represents an environmentally friendly material, with an authentic local story.

The conference provides opportunities for industry, academia, research professionals and students to share their recent research on the key themes:

Recall:     To celebrate linen and flax fibre heritage through design that emphasises the longevity, durability and timeless quality of linen.

Rethink:   To increase awareness, of the importance of textiles within our everyday lives and of the particular attributes of linen and flax fibre for a range of artefacts and design-led product innovations.

Reform:   To communicate the value of textiles, eroded through globalisation, through the recognition of linen/flax fibre as a relatively sustainable material. And to emphasise the ethos of a ‘slower’ more responsible approach to the development of value-added product to include new flax fibre applications such as composite materials.

Conference tickets: 

The full two days conference along with delegate dinner is £175.

For students and concessions it is £100 which includes delegate dinner and two days of the conference.

For day 1 of conference plus conference dinner on 3rd October 2018 is £120.

For day 2 of conference only on 4th October is £75.

Using the discount code of EARLYBIRDLB18 will reduce the ticket prices by 10%.  This is available until 30th June 2018.


One of the keynote speakers will be:

Christien Meindertsma

Dutch artist and designer, who explores the life of products and raw materials. In doing so she aims to regain understanding of processes that have become waned due to industrialisation. Her work has been exhibited in MOMA (New York), The V&A (London) and the Cooper Hewitt Design museum (New York). She has been artist in residence at Textielmuseum Tilburg.


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