Re-call, Re-think, Re-form

Northern Ireland’s first Linen Biennale celebrates 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.

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 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, on the key themes:

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 organisations will receive a Linen Biennale Press Pack and will be promoted locally, nationally and internationally.

For further information on submission guidelines visit

Submission deadline – 31 October 2019

Successful submissions notified – 29 November 2019

Full submission for programme – 28 February 2019

The inaugural Linen Biennale in 2018 attracted over 90,000 visitors from Ireland, across Europe, and Worldwide. A copy of the full evaluation can be found at

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