Programme Submissions

Open call for submissions for inclusion in the Linen Biennale Northern Ireland 2018                             Re-call, Re-think, Re-form

Do you want to be part of Northern Ireland’s first Linen Biennale that will celebrate the past, present and future landscape of linen through an extended innovative arts festival, presented and hosted by multiple partners in venues across Northern Ireland? While the official deadline has now passed it may still be possible to include your submission so please give us a call or send an email to discuss.

The Linen Biennale will stimulate new thinking about Ireland’s oldest textile products: flax and linen. The Linen Biennale forms a bridge to connect and reflect our internationally renowned linen through past, present and future themes.  There will also be exciting showcase potential for art and design-led developments, such as flax composites for applications like furniture, bicycles, surfboards and musical instruments. The Biennale will run every two years launching in 2018 during August, September and October with subsequent programmes in 2020 and 2022.

The Linen Biennale provides opportunities for those working with creative industries, museums, galleries, councils, churches, community groups and educators to present their Linen archives, products or projects, within the key themes of:

 Re-Call:         Linen heritage themed projects or exhibitions        

Re-think:      Educational projects or exhibitions with linen or flax theme

Re-form:       Design led innovation with linen or flax products

Each successful submission will become part of the integral visitor experience programme both in print and online.  Participating organisation will receive a Linen Biennale Logo and window decal and will be promoted locally, nationally and internationally, they will also receive one free admission to the international Linen Biennale conference 3rd and 4th October 2018 in Lisburn.

For further information on submission guidelines visit Submission Guidelines


Submission outline (500 words limit and 2 images) – 30 December 2017

Successful submissions notified – 31st January 2018

Full submission for programme – 28 February 2018

For more information on the Linen Biennale visit

or contact Jo Watson, Project Manager Tel 028 9266 3179

Lead organisation for the Linen Biennale is R-Space at the Linen Rooms Lisburn.   R Space is a visual arts and crafts space, presenting and commissioning a programme of exhibitions and arts activity based in The Linen Rooms in the heart of the City of Lisburn, Northern Ireland opened in 2011. Address:  32 Castle Street, Lisburn. BT27 4XE


Lead organisation and partners: