June 26 20
Textile Art



“PLACES OF MEMORY – Interdiscourses of a textile territory” is the central theme of Contextile 2020, the Contemporary Textile Art Biennal that will take place between September 5th and October 25th on various cultural spaces and public areas of the city of Guimarães, with an International Exhibition of 59 artworks by 50 artists from 29 countries.

In total, 1150 artworks by 870 artists from 65 countries were presented to be judged, in a “long and difficult assessment work”. The criteria for selection included creativity, originality and expertise around the textile element, construction, theme, concept or material used.

Portugal, several other European countries, Northern and Southern America countries and Asian countries will be represented at the Textile Art Biennal.

The 5th edition programme, which includes international exhibitions, artistic residencies, talks with experts, guided visits, open-air cinema screening and even a multimedia installation, can be viewed here.

The organizers calculated a 40% increase in artist participation, a new record that has been inflating since 2012, which is very good news considering the pandemic.

For this year’s edition, Contextile 2020 invited a multidisciplinary and international jury composed by Lala de Dios (curator and professor of History of Art and Textile); Janis Jefferies (curator and emeritus professor of visual arts); Rosa Godinho (visual and textile artist); Jorge Costa (curator and artistic director); and Cláudia Melo, artistic director of Contextile 2020.

The Acquisition Prize and Honourable Mentions will be attributed during the inauguration of the Biennal, on September 5th, in Guimarães. Also in September will be handed out the Acquisition Awards ATP – Associação Têxtil e Vestuário de Portugal –, as well as the Acquisition ASM – Associação Selectiva Moda.