Textile Design

Encouraging innovation and fostering talent in textiles.


We encourage innovation and foster talent among young designers – particularly those who demonstrate the understanding and skill to convert ideas into products.

For many years, The Clothworkers’ Company has funded BA/BSc bursaries at the University of Huddersfield in Textiles Practice, as well as printed textile bursaries at Central Saint Martins for a third-year student and materials for up to 10 final-year students.

We continue to sponsor a number of design awards each year. The Clothworkers' Associate Prize for Printed Textiles at New Designers (which was virtual in 2020) went to Ellen Martin, along with a cash prize.

We also sponsor four awards through the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition each year, although the competition was postponed in 2020 (to take place in 2021) and the winners have not yet been announced. We will be excited to announce the winners in Knitted Design, Printed Textiles, Woven Fabric Design for Fashion, and Woven Fabric Design for Interiors when they are revealed.

Recent Grants