Professor of Textile Arts, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Honorary 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
Panel Member CraftNet

Public Collections

Liverpool International Slavery Museum
Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia
Ararat Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Belger Collection, Kansas City USA
Hove Museum & Art Gallery
Portsmouth City Art Gallery
The Otter Art Gallery, University College Chichester
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Crafts Council of Great Britain
The Embroiderers’ Guild
St Mary’s College, Baltimore, USA
The Prudential Collection
The Broadgate Club, London.
Hampshire Museums Service
Calderdale MBC: Museums and Arts
The Embroiderers’ Guild, NSW, Australia
Museo Internationale delle Arti Applicate Oggi, Turin, Italy
Manchester City Art Gallery, (ceramic collaboration with Alex McErlain)
Special Collections Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University (ceramic collaboration with Alex McErlain)
Platt Hall Gallery of Costume. Manchester
York Castle Museum Gallery (ceramic collaboration with Alex McErlain)
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

The Diana Springall Collection

Southampton City Art Gallery

The V&A Museum, London

Selected Exhibitions

2023              To Boldy Sew, the textile work of Alice Kettle Brookfield properties, Craft Council prize

Threads Breathing Stories into Materials, Co-curator, Arnolfini, Bristol

Collect, Somerset House, London

2022            In Theoria Hangzhou International Textile Triennial, China

12th “From Lausanne to Beijing” International Fiber Art Biennial , The Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University Yunnan Museum, China

Kalila Wa Dimna, 21 Gallery, London

2021             Threadbound, Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester

Thread Bearing Witness, Museum of Rural Life, Somerset Artworks /Somerset Heritage Trust

2020             Within Each Other Portraits of Ourselves, Collect 2020, Somerset House London

Threads of Change, Said Business School, Oxford

Within Each Other Portraits of Ourselves, Platform Gallery, London Art Fair, with Candida Stevens Gallery

2019             Thread Bearing Witness, British Textile Biennale, Gawthorpe Hall Barn, Burnley

2018-20       Alice Kettle Odyssey, Southampton City Art Gallery ( purchased for the permanent collection)

2018            Thread Bearing Witness, solo exhibition, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (monograph)

Lapada Arts Fair, London, with Candida Stevens Gallery

The 11th China Embroidery Festival, Hanshan Art Museum, Suzhou, China ( catalogue essay and exhibitor)


Good Nature, Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester
Ink and Blood, 10th Anniversary of Slavery Museum, Liverpool International Slavery Museum
Drawn Thread, Australia National University, Canberra , Australia
Textile Biennale, Rijswick Museum, The Netherlands
Made In Translation, The Portico Library, Manchester exhibitor and curator (catalogue)
Alice Kettle Threads, Thread Bearing Witness, Winchester Discovery Centre
Alice Kettle: More Threads, Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester (monograph)


Drawing Inspirations, Gallery in the Bay, Cardiff (catalogue)
The Scalloped Edge, Alice Kettle, solo, Galerios dos Prazeros, Madeira Island (catalogue) Icon, Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester (catalogue)
Korea Bojagi Forum, SIMA (Suwon, Park Museum of Art, Soeul, South Korea (catalogue)
Painting into Textiles, inspired by Michael Kidner, Flowers Gallery, London (catalogue)
Chemins Croises, World Crafts Council, Mons, Belgium (catalogue)
Academic Choice, Crafts Study Centre , UCA Farnham (catalogue)
The Story In Art, Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester (catalogue)


Slipware, Crafts Study Centre , UCA Farnham (catalogue)
Here and Now, Circus performance Alice Kettle, Circus and CAA Gallery, London
Slipstitch Ararat regional Art Gallery, Australia and tour (catalogue)
Collect with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery London
VAS:t, Scottish Royal Society of Arts, invited artist


A Place at the Table, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (exhibitor and curator)
Alice Kettle Odyssey, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Out of Sight, Contemporary Applied Arts London
The Fire and the Rose, ATM Festival Manchester
Fourteeen, the artists’ response, Llantarnum Grange
Craft Now, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Collect with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery London (work purchased for Shipley Art Gallery)
Unravelling Uppark, with Helen Felcey
Design Shanghai, with Contemporary Applied Arts
Invitation Honore, L’Aiguille en Fete, Paris


The Garden of England, solo show The Queens House, The National Maritime Museum Greenwich London
10 days in the City, Winchester Cathedral, Collaboration with Stephen Cooper
Scratch, Scribble, Scrawl, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Seamless, Museum of Art, Llubjana
Allotment, Manchester School of Art, RHS Tatton Park, Highly Commended
Material Responses, Rashnagar Mill, Ahemedebad India
Fix, Fix, Fix, Gallery So London
Pairings, Contemporary Applied Arts, exhibitor and curator


Alice Kettle, solo show ANU School of Art, Australia
The Shape of Touch, solo show Merston Gallery
Make Believe Make, Portsmouth City Art Gallery, curated by Aspex Gallery
European Prize for Applied Arts, 14 July – 9 September 2012
Holden Gallery MMU 16.7.2012 – 17.8.2012
Cotton Exchange project, Global Threads, Queens Mill Burnley Lancs
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
Loss, Chichester Cathedral with Jules Findley


For some must watch, while some must sleep: So runs the world away, Belger Arts Centre, Kansas City USA
10 Days in the City, Cirrus Nebulus with Lydia Southwell, Theatre Royal Winchester
The Drawn Line, Extending the Line, Holden Gallery Manchester, Asian Triennale Manchester Festival
Ahmedebad International Arts Festival, India
CAA Present Collectables
KAUNAS BIENNIAL TEXTILE’11 Rewind-Play-Forward, Lithuania (catalogue)
7th International Triennale of Tournai, 5 continents, Woven World, Belgium (catalogue)
Circus, CAA London
Lost Certainty, 2 person show with Claire Curneen, CAA London


Telling Fortunes, solo show Platt Hall, Museum of Costume, Manchester (catalogue) (Work acquired for permanent collection)
The Manchester Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery
Honest Pots, York Art Gallery with Alex McErlain
Machine Stitch Perspectives, Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Place, Dublin, Harrogate
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)
Collecting Stitches, Forge Needle Museum, Redditch
4th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennal, Global Intrigue, Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Latvia (catalogue) Work acquired for permanent collection
Pairings, exhibitor and curator Special Collections Manchester Metropolitan University and tour (catalogue)
Power of Copying-2010 ‘ International Contemporary Design from Selected Art Academies’ Xuzhou
Museum of Art, China. 14th May – 14th July 2010. (Catalogue)
Bending More Lines 62group Rijswijk Museum, The Netherlands, The CoIIins GaIIery, GIasgow
Affordable Art Fair, represented by Murphy Machin Art
Not So Fast, the Octagon, Bath (catalogue)
Artefact, Platform gallery, Clitheroe
Re-Imagining, Treasures of Hyde Abbey, Link Gallery Winchester (catalogue)


European Prize for Applied Arts, World Crafts Council, juried exhibition, Brussels (catalogue)
EUNIQUE 2010 – International Fair for Applied Arts & Design in Karlsruhe / Germany
Allegory Craft Study Centre, Farnham and tour solo show (catalogue)
Dorchester Museum; The Gallery in the Bay Cardiff; Farfield Mill Sedburgh; The Willis Museum Basingstoke
A Pause in the Rhythm of Time, solos show Belger Arts Centre, Kansas City, Surface Design Association, USA (Work acquired for permanent collection)
Lets Travel, Pfaff international juried exhibition, Special Commendation. Alexandra Palace London, Bibliotheque Forni, Paris. Museum de Kantfabriek Horst, The Netherlands (catalogue)
Florence Biennale, Firenze, Italy (catalogue)
Northern Art Show, represented by Murphy Machin Art, Harrogate International centre
Clay and Thread, Place Settings with Helen Felcey, Talking Matters with Alex McErlain, Knitting and
Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace and Harrogate International Centre
CAA, London
Collect, represented by the Flow Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London (catalogue)




Crafted, Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester
Reflective Stories, Holden Gallery Manchester
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Show, Manchester
Art In Action, Waterperry Oxford
Place Settings, Helen Felcey, Alice Kettle, Special Collections, MMU
Fabricate, Rye Museum and Art Gallery
Art of the Stitch, City Art Gallery Birmingham, European tour(catalogue)
The Fabric of Myth, Compton Verney (catalogue)
Select, Grace Barrand Design Centre


China show, MMU (catalogue)
Drumcroon Gallery , Wigan
Mechanical drawing, Schiffli project, Holden Gallery MMU and tour (catalogue)
Slavery Blue coat Display Centre, Liverpool (catalogue)
Inspired, Grace Barrand Design Centre
Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, with Grace Barrand Design Centre (catalogue)


Artefact, All Saints Building MMU
Alice Kettle, solo show Salisbury Arts Centre
MMU showcase, Manchester
SOFA , Chicago with Blue Coat Display Centre(catalogue)
Art In Action, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire
Select, Grace Barrand Design Centre
Art of the Stitch, RWA Gallery, Bristol, The Hub Sleaford, Williamson Art Gallery and Museum
Birkenhead, tour (catalogue)


Applied Art in Architecture, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Inspired to Stitch: 21 Textile Artists, Knitting And Stitching Show, London (book)
International Art Embroidery Challenge, Pfaff, 1st Prize winner, juried exhibition, Knitting and Stitching Show, London, Châtelaudren, France, Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden (catalogue)
Celebrating 30 Years, Crafts Council Show, V&A Museum, London (catalogue)
Art Loan Collection, Link Gallery Exhibition, University of Winchester (catalogue)
Collect, represented by Contemporary Applied Arts, V&A Museum (catalogue)


Art Embroidery, Alexandra Palace, London, Musee du Textile_Parc de Wesserling France (catalogue)
Collect, represented by FibreArts Gallery, V&A Museum (catalogue)


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
Prism, Opus School of Textiles, Mall Galleries, London
Masterpieces, International exhibition, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy (catalogue)


Hand to Eye, consortium of Making it Work, The Winchester Gallery and Southern Arts Visual Index Projects, touring exhibition; (catalogue)
62 Group Retrospective, The Knitting and Stitching Show, London, Dublin, Harrogate
Alice Kettle, solo show, Newbury Spring Festival


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


5th In Our Hands International competition, Kyoto, Japan (catalogue)
The Unexpected, Fairfield City Museum and Stein Gallery, Sydney

1997 & 99

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


Knot as They Seam, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, USA (catalogue)
Cloths of Gold, Contemporary Applied Arts 50th Anniversary Exhibition
Stitch, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery
The Otter Art Gallery, University College Chichester


UK Now, Melbourne, Australia


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


Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford (catalogue)
1995/93/92 Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London
Quarry Bank Mill, Styal


Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London (catalogue)
Northguild Gallery Shop, Southampton Civic Centre
Oxford Gallery, with Louise Baldwin
Summer Show, Contemporary Applied Arts
Visions of Craft, Highlights from the Crafts Council Collection


Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
Figurative Embroidered Textiles, City Gallery, Leicester
Summer Show, Contemporary Applied Arts
Money and Art, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester


Out of the Frame, Crafts Council, London, touring exhibition; (catalogue)
Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Plymouth City Museum; Wakefield Art Gallery; Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster
Contemporary Textile Gallery
62 Group Exhibition, Hankyu Dept Stores, Osaka, Japan


Can’t Stop Me Now! Crafts Council, London, (tour)
Alice Kettle, solo show Galerie Filambule, Lausanne, Switzerland
Favourite Things, Crafts Council Gallery, London


Stitched Textiles – a Celebration, Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition, Commonwealth Institute, London
My Eyes, Your Hands, solo show Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Alice Kettle, solo show Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Cross Threads, Bradford Textiles Festival (tour)


Tex-styles, Smiths Gallery, London
Alice Kettle – Showcase, solo show ICA, London
Alice Kettle, solo show Oxford Gallery


Stitchery International, Pittsburgh, USA
Alice Kettle Painting and Textiles, solo show Oxford Gallery


Stitched Textiles for Interiors, RIBA Gallery, London
Contemporary Textile Gallery, London
Alice Kettle, solo show Oxford Gallery



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


Artsway Associate Maker


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


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


Public Library Associations of Britain and Ireland, the best public library building in 2009.; The Discovery Centre, Winchester


The Discovery Centre, Winchester, RIBA Award

Flower Lady


Textile Artist of the Year Award, Creative Exhibitions


International Art Embroidery Challenge, Pfaff, 1st Prize winner


Kreinik Award


Bernina Award


Cosmopolitan achievement awards (special commendation in Creative Arts)


British Council Award


Taittinger Prize