Full CV for Alice Kettle



BRITISH, B. 1961


Professor of Textile Arts, MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University

Visiting Professor Centre for Real World Learning, University of Winchester

Fellow of the Royal Society of Designer Craftsmen

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Honorary Member of the ’62 Group of Artists

Vice Chair, Making Space Havant

Panel Member CraftNet

Academic Trustee Royal School of Needlework



2014                Manchester School of Art, MMU phd student

1985–86          Goldsmiths’ College Postgraduate Diploma in Textile Art with special commendation

1979–84          University of Reading BA Hons Fine Art


Selected Employment

2015-          Professor of Textile Arts, MIRIAD Manchester School of Art, MMU

2010-15       Senior Research Fellow, MIRIAD Manchester School of Art, MMU

2008-10       Research Fellow, MIRIAD, MMU

2010-12       Tutor, Princes Drawing School, Kensington Palace

2010-           Honorary Professor, Centre for Real World Learning, University of Winchester

2005-10       Honorary Fellow, University of Winchester

2005-08       Research Associate, MIRIAD MMU

2002–07      Tutor, Opus School of Textiles, accredited by Middlesex University

1997            Artist in Residence, Canberra School of Art, Australia.

1987–91       Tutor, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London

1987–88       Southern Arts Residency, Cowes High School, Isle of Wight  


Selected Commissions

2016           Official gift for Chancellor Right Honorable Peter Mandelsson

2014-15       Map to the Future, Lloyd’s Register, Marine Technology Centre, University of Southampton

2015           Official gift for VC Prof John Brooks, MMU

2014           All Saints Church, Andover with Kate Egan

2013           The Sisphus Dog, Poems by Stephen Boyce, Cover Illustration

2012           Margate Welcomes the Boat Project, Cultural Olympiad project commissioned by Parrabbola through ACE to make Sail for the Boat project

2011            Coats threads, 5 banners

2010-11       Birth of the Motive in Clouds, School of Music and Drama, University of Manchester

2010           Wisdom ond Lor, University of Winchester Design Award 2010               Public Art Award Commendation, City of Winchester Trust

2005-7        Looking Forwards to the Past, The Discovery Centre, Winchester, RIBA Award, 2009.  http://www.cilip.org.uk/specialinterestgroups/bysubject/public/awards Design Award 2010 Public Art Award Commendation, City of Winchester Trust

2005           Coeus Official Gift for Inauguration of VC, Manchester Metropolitan University

2005-6        St Georges Church, Thorney Hill

2004-5        Red and Blue Movement in Three, School of Music and Drama, Manchester University                                           2004-5       Chapel Commission Bankfield Museum, Calderdale MBC: Museums and Arts

2001          Chagall Column, Paul Foster

1999–00     Australian Landscape Series The National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia

1999–01     Gloucester Cathedral, three altar frontals for the High Altar

1995–97     In Camera, High Court, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

1995          Grandeur of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

1994           Altar frontal, Holy Sepulchre Chapel, Winchester Cathedral

1994–95     Glimpses of India, MV Oriana, P&O Cruises

1992           Overtures of Gold, Open University Faculty of Arts

1991           The Saga of McGuiness Dog, Southern Arts Poetry Prize

Various private commissions



2020       Within Each Other, Portraits of Ourselves, Candida Stevens Gallery

2020       Threads of Change, Saïd Business School, Oxford

2017       Threads, Winchester Discovery Centre

2017       More Threads, Candida Stevens Gallery

2016       Alice Kettle, Prazeres Gallery, Madeira Island

2015       Here and Now, Circus performance Alice Kettle, Circus and CAA Gallery, London

2014       Alice Kettle Odyssey, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

2013       The Garden of England, The Queens House, The National Maritime Museum Greenwich Londo http://www.rmg.co.uk/queens-house/ 

2012        Alice Kettle, ANU School of Art, Australia

2012        The Shape of Touch, Merston Gallery

2010        Telling Fortunes, Platt Hall, Museum of Costume, Manchester (catalogue) (Work acquired for permanent collection)

2009-2011    Allegory Craft Study Centre, Farnham and tour (catalogue)

Dorchester Museum; The Gallery in the Bay Cardiff; Farfield Mill Sedburgh; The Willis Museum Basingstoke

2009        A Pause in the Rhythm of Time, Belger Arts Centre, Kansas City, Surface Design Association, USA (Work acquired for permanent collection)

2006        Salisbury Arts Centre

2003-5     Mythscapes : Bankfield Museum, Halifax; (catalogue) mac, Birmingham; The Gallery, Ruthin Craft Centre; Southampton City Art Gallery; Hove Museum and Art Gallery; Brewery Arts, Kendal; South Hill Park, Bracknell; Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum; Grace Barrand Design Centre ,Surrey, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington; Harley Gallery, Worksop

2003         Featured Artist, The Knitting and Stitching Show, London, Dublin and Harrogate (catalogue)

2002         Newbury Spring Festival

1992         Salisbury Playhouse

1991          Galerie Filambule, Lausanne, Switzerland

1990          My Eyes, Your Hands, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

1990          Alice Kettle – Showcase, ICA, London

1988         Oxford Gallery

1988         Quay Art Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight

1987          University College Chichester

1987         Painting and Textiles, Oxford Gallery

1986         Oxford Gallery



2019             British Textile Biennale, Gawthorpe Hall, 

2019             Karachi Biennale19, Pakistan

2019             Horizontal Crossings Hanshan Art Museum, China

2018             The 11th China Embroidery Festival, Hanshan Art Museum, Suzhou, China

2017             The Fifth Rijswijk Textile Biennia, Rijswick Museum, The Hague

2016              ICON with Candida Stevens Gallery

2016              Chemins Croises, World Crafts Council, Mons, Belgium

2016              Academic Choice, Crafts Study Centre , UCA Farnham (catalogue)

2015              Slipware, Crafts Study Centre , UCA Farnham (catalogue)

2015              Slipstitch Ararat regional Art Gallery, Australia and tour (catalogue)

2015              Collect with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery London

2015              VAS:t, Scottish Royal Society of Arts, invited artist

2014               A Place at the Table, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (exhibitor and curator)

2014               Out of Sight, Contemporary Applied Arts London

2014               The Fire and the Rose, ATM Festival Manchester

2014               Fourteeen, the artists’ response, Llantarnum Grange

2014               Craft Now, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

2014               Collect with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery London (work purchased for Shipley Art Gallery)

2014           Unravelling Uppark, with Helen Felcey

2014            Design Shanghai, with Contemporary Applied Arts

2014         Invitation Honore, L’Aiguille en Fete, Paris

2013         10 days in the City, Winchester Cathedral, Collaboration with Stephen Cooper

2013            Scratch, Scribble, Scrawl, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

2013           Seamless, Museum of Art, Llubjana

2013            Allotment, Manchester School of Art, RHS Tatton Park, Highly Commended

2013       Material Responses, Rashnagar Mill, Ahemedebad India

2013         Pairings, Contemporary Applied Arts, exhibitor and curator

2012           Make Believe Make, Portsmouth City Art Gallery, curated by Aspex Gallery

2012           European Prize for Applied Arts, 14  July – 9 September 2012

2012         Holden Gallery MMU

2012         Cotton Exchange project, Global Threads, Queens Mill Burnley Lancs         

2012           Pairings II conversations and collaborations Stroud International Textile Festival. Pairings exhibition, The Museum in the Park, Stroud 28.4.2012 – 27.5.2012 exhibitor and curator

2012           Loss, Chichester Cathedral with Jules Findley

2011          For some must watch, while some must sleep: So runs the world away, Belger Arts Centre, Kansas City USA

2011            10 Days in the City, Cirrus Nebulus with Lydia Southwell, Theatre Royal Winchester

2011            The Drawn Line, Extending the Line, Holden Gallery Manchester, Asian Triennale Manchester Festival

2011            Ahmedebad International Arts Festival, India

2011            CAA Present Collectables

2011        KAUNAS BIENNIAL TEXTILE'11 Rewind-Play-Forward, Lithuania (catalogue)

2011        7th International Triennale of Tournai, 5 continents, Woven World, Belgium (catalogue)

2011          Circus, CAA London

2011          Lost Certainty, 2 person show with Claire Curneen, CAA London

2010-11         The Manchester Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery

2010         Honest Pots, York Art Gallery with Alex McErlain

2010          Machine Stitch Perspectives, Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Place, Dublin, Harrogate

2010            The Narrative Line 2 person show with Bernie Leahy, The National Gallery, Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny, the Island Arts Centre Lisburn N Ireland (catalogue)

2010          Collecting Stitches, Forge Needle Museum, Redditch

2010              4th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennal, Global Intrigue, Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Latvia (catalogue) Work acquired for permanent collection

2010          Pairings, exhibitor and curator Special Collections Manchester Metropolitan University and tour (catalogue)

2010         Power of Copying-2010 ‘ International Contemporary Design from Selected Art Academies’Xuzhou Museum of Art, China. 14th May – 14th July 2010. (Catalogue)

2010         Bending More Lines 62group Rijswijk Museum, The Netherlands, The CoIIins GaIIery, GIasgow

2010              Affordable Art Fair, represented by Murphy Machin Art

2010       Not So Fast, the Octagon, Bath (catalogue)

2010          Artefact, Platform gallery, Clitheroe

2010          Re-Imagining, Treasures of Hyde Abbey, Link Gallery Winchester (catalogue)

2009-10     European Prize for Applied Arts, World Crafts Council, juried exhibition, Brussels (catalogue)

EUNIQUE 2010 – International Fair for Applied Arts & Design in Karlsruhe / Germany

2009        Lets Travel, Pfaff international juried exhibition, Special Commendation. Alexandra Palace London,   Bibliotheque Forni, Paris. Museum de Kantfabriek Horst, The Netherlands (catalogue)

2009           Florence Biennale, Firenze, Italy (catalogue)

2009           Northern Art Show, represented by Murphy Machin Art, Harrogate International centre

2009         Clay and Thread, Place Settings with Helen Felcey, Talking Matters with Alex McErlain, Knitting and      

 Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace and Harrogate International Centre

2009         CAA, London

2009         Collect, represented by the Flow Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London (catalogue)

2008         Crafted, Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester

2008        Reflective Stories, Holden Gallery Manchester

2008         Great Northern Contemporary Craft Show, Manchester

2008           Art In Action, Waterperry Oxford

2008         Place Settings, Helen Felcey, Alice Kettle, Special Collections, MMU

2008        Fabricate, Rye Museum and Art Gallery

2008        Art of the Stitch, City Art Gallery Birmingham, European tour(catalogue)

2008        The Fabric of Myth, Compton Verney (catalogue)

2008        Select, Grace Barrand Design Centre

2007          China show, MMU (catalogue)

2007          Drumcroon Gallery , Wigan

2007          Mechanical drawing, Schiffli project, Holden Gallery MMU and tour (catalogue)

2007           Slavery Blue coat Display Centre, Liverpool (catalogue)

2006      Applied Art in Architecture, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

2007          Inspired, Grace Barrand Design Centre

2007        Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, with Grace Barrand Design Centre (catalogue)

2006         Artefact, All Saints Building MMU

2006         MMU showcase, Manchester

2006        SOFA , Chicago with Blue Coat Display Centre(catalogue)      

2006         Art In Action, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire

2006         Select, Grace Barrand Design Centre

2006         Art of the Stitch, RWA Gallery, Bristol, The Hub Sleaford, Williamson Art Gallery and    Museum       

 Birkenhead, tour (catalogue)

2005         Inspired to Stitch: 21 Textile Artists, Knitting And Stitching Show, London (book)

2005        International Art Embroidery Challenge, Pfaff, 1st Prize winner, juried exhibition, Knitting and Stitching Show, London, Châtelaudren, France, Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden (catalogue)

2005         Celebrating 30 Years, Crafts Council Show, V&A Museum, London (catalogue)

2005        Art Loan Collection, Link Gallery Exhibition, University of Winchester (catalogue)

2005         Collect, represented by Contemporary Applied Arts, V&A Museum (catalogue)

2004-5       Art Embroidery, Alexandra Palace, London, Musee du Textile_Parc de Wesserling France (catalogue)

2004         Collect, represented by FibreArts Gallery, V&A Museum (catalogue)

2003        Prism, Opus School of Textiles, Mall Galleries, London

                          Masterpieces, International exhibition, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy (catalogue)

2002-5       Hand to Eye, consortium of Making it Work, The Winchester Gallery and Southern Arts                   

2002          62 Group Retrospective, The Knitting and Stitching Show, London, Dublin, Harrogate

2001            Goldsmiths’ Retrospective: The Knitting and Stitching Show, London, Dublin and Harrogate

2000           5th In Our Hands International competition, Kyoto, Japan  (catalogue)

2000         The Unexpected, Fairfield City Museum and Stein Gallery, Sydney

1997&99       Art of the Stitch, Barbican Centre, London (tour) (catalogue)

1998           Knot as They Seam, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, USA  (catalogue)

1998            Cloths of Gold, Contemporary Applied Arts 50th Anniversary Exhibition

1998              Stitch, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery

1998         The Otter Art Gallery, University College Chichester

1997         UK Now, Melbourne, Australia

1996         William Morris Revisited, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, touring exhibition (catalogue) Crafts Council, London; Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery

1996         Hipòtesi Gallery, Barcelona

1996           Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

1995            Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford (catalogue)

1995/93/92 Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London

1995           Quarry Bank Mill, Styal

1994       Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London  (catalogue)

1994           Northguild Gallery Shop, Southampton Civic Centre

1994         Oxford Gallery, with Louise Baldwin

1994            Summer Show, Contemporary Applied Arts

1994           Visions of Craft, Highlights from the Crafts Council Collection

1993/91/89/87           Chelsea Crafts Fair, London

1993           Figurative Embroidered Textiles, City Gallery, Leicester

1993         Summer Show, Contemporary Applied Arts

1993            Money and Art, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

1992           Out of the Frame, Crafts Council, London, touring exhibition; (catalogue) Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Plymouth City Museum; Wakefield Art Gallery; Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster

1992         Contemporary Textile Gallery

1992         62 Group Exhibition, Hankyu Dept Stores, Osaka, Japan

1991            Can't Stop Me Now! Crafts Council, London, (tour)

1991            Favourite Things, Crafts Council Gallery, London

1990              Stitched Textiles – a Celebration, Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition, Commonwealth Institute, London

1990              Cross Threads, Bradford Textiles Festival (tour)

1988            Tex-styles, Smiths Gallery, London

1987         Stitchery International, Pittsburgh, USA

1986           Stitched Textiles for Interiors, RIBA Gallery, London

1986           Contemporary Textile Gallery, London



2014         Outstanding Innovation in Research and Knowledge Exchange, Manchester Metropolitan University Staff Awards; Highly Commended

2013           Arrivals and Departures award, Farnham Maltings with Matt Smith, Venice Biennale study trip

2013         Craft Strategy SE with Matt Smith

2012         Major Ace funding for Making it project

2011          Artsway Associate Maker

2010          Design Award 2010 Public Art Award, Looking Forwards to the Past, City of Winchester Trust

2010          Design Award 2010 Public Art Award, Wisdom und Lor, City of Winchester Trust

2010          Arts Council of England Award, Telling Fortunes Platt Hall Manchester

2010         MIRIAD Award MMU Telling Fortunes

2009           Public Library Associations of Britain and Ireland, the best public library building in 2009.  http://www.cilip.org.uk/specialinterestgroups/bysubject/public/awards; The Discovery Centre, Winchester

2009           Arts Council of England Major Development Award, Allegory Crafts Study Centre

2008             The Discovery Centre, Winchester, RIBA Award      

2007          Arts Council of England South East Award

2010          MIRIAD Award Looking Forwards to the Past

2006         Textile Artist of the Year Award, Creative Exhibitions

2006        Arts Council Craft Development Award

2005             International Art Embroidery Challenge, Pfaff, 1st Prize winner

2002        Arts Council National Touring Programme award for solo touring exhibition (co-ordinated by Calderdale  MBC: Museums and Arts)

2002          Arts Council of England South East, Major Development Award

1999           Kreinik Award

1999       Bernina Award

1997/92/91/88/87  Southern Arts Awards          

1993         Cosmopolitan achievement awards (special commendation in Creative Arts)

1991            British Council Award

1988           Taittinger Prize

1988           Crafts Council Training Scheme, Professional artist training Linda Miller

1987         Crafts Council Setting Up Grant

1985         Clothworkers' Foundation grant


Public Collections:


Ararat Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Belger Collection, Kansas City USA

Calderdale MBC: Museums and Arts 

Crafts Council of Great Britain

Hampshire Museums Services

Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Liverpool International Slavery Museum

Manchester City Art Gallery, (ceramic collaboration with Alex McErlain)

Museo Internationale delle Arti Applicate Oggi, Turin, Italy

Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia

Platt Hall Gallery of Costume. Manchester

Portsmouth City Art Gallery

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Special Collections Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University (ceramic collaboration with Alex McErlain)

Southampton City Art Gallery

St Mary’s College, Baltimore, USA

The Otter Art Gallery, University College Chichester

The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

The Embroiderers’ Guild

The Prudential Collection

The Broadgate Club, London.

The Embroiderers’ Guild, NSW, Australia

York Castle Museum Gallery (ceramic collaboration with Alex McErlain)