Threads 2024

Threads is our annual heritage textiles programme, now entering its third year. Initially inspired by the Voices Gloucester ‘Stitch in Time’ project, in 2022 the programme focussed on collaborative textiles projects with several exhibitions in the Cathedral Quarter, including Stitch Story, Tewkesbury at Gloucester Cathedral, a large-scale collaborative  embroidery with over 8000 contributors and talks and workshops at The Folk. In 2023 we used The Red Dress project as a starting point for the Costume of Gloucester, to which over 130 groups and individuals contributed.

In 2024, the centrepiece of the Threads exhibit in the Lady Chapel at the Cathedral will be ‘Beating Back the Past’ – an installation combining textiles, film and audio by Rider Shafique and Vanley Burke, which explores the ongoing impact of the enslavement of African people. This artwork is inspired by a Bajan 18th century Slave Song manuscript from UNESCO Memory of the World Register held by Gloucestershire Archives.

To accompany Threads this year there will also be a series of linked exhibits around Gloucester that explore the people who worked in the textiles trades in Gloucester throughout its history. From shopkeepers to tanners, wool merchants to pin makers, the city has been host to many trades that provided the city with the textiles it needed. Jo Teague will explore these historic figures, responding with textile works in a multi-site exhibition.


To compliment these exhibits we would like to commission 4x quilts which explore stories of “belonging and unbelonging”.  Each quilt should draw upon the history and heritage of Gloucester and a specific community, contemporary or historic.

Please see the full brief here and note the deadline for applications as Thursday 21st March 2024.  


Our project lead, Jo Teague, will be hosting a free inspiration event on 7th March, 2-4pm. There will be a presentation on Quilting, and artists that have used it, a chance to view the Costume of Gloucester; and the opportunity to book a one-to-one conversations with Jo Teague or Jacqui Grange to discuss your ideas for the quilt. Spaces at this event are limited and aimed at stitching groups.

Please click here to book your spot for the inspiration event and click here if you would like to book an advice session or email for more information. 

Threads 2023 is a partnership project, curated/coordinated by Voices Gloucester and Jo Teague, and supported by The Folk of Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral and the Museum of Gloucester

Cathedral Quarter
VG Soundwave
Image Credit - Stitch Story, Jo Teague

EventON Calendar

Image Credit - Jacqui Grange
Image Credit - Jacqui Grange
Image Credit - Jacqui Grange

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