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Advanced Textile Program at TextielLab

Are you a beginning professional artist/designer working with textiles, eager to connect with peers and learn more? Apply now for the Advanced Textile Program at TextielLab.

TextielMuseum | TextielLab aims to become the ideal learning and working environment for makers. As part of this ambition, we want to support emerging artists and designers with an interest in textiles, through specialized additional training in the early stages of their careers. With the Advanced Textile Program (ATP), we want to generate synergy between textile talents and experts from different fields and (international) backgrounds, facilitate experiments at a cutting-edge level and offer a podium to share this with a broader audience. Once a year we invite an international group of recent graduates to develop their skills and experience together in the ATP. Participants are given access to the resources and facilities of TextielMuseum | TextielLab and the guidance of an inspiring group of experts and mentors in workshops, lectures and more. 

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About the program 

The Advanced Textile Program is a 10-week hybrid program in which you will be connected to the experts in our Lab and Museum and several outstanding professionals from our network, such as artist Otobong Nkanga. Together you will dive into the possibilities and challenges of textile fabrication, with an extra focus on sustainability. The program takes place partly online and part on-site, including a two-week working period in Tilburg in which you get the chance to collaboratively experiment in our lab on both an artistic and technical level, use our extensive textile collection, library and yarn supply together with a varied group of textile professionals. This year eight candidates can participate in the ATP which will take place in October-December 2023.  

Otobong Nkanga working with weaving master Stef Miero in the TextielLab, photo: Tommy de Lange

Is this for me? 
The program is aimed at starting professionals educated in art/design/architecture and related fields with a demonstrable affinity for textiles and concern for sustainability (graduated max. 2-3 years) and a drive to learn more. This program is not intended for students; however, a diploma is not required if you can demonstrate a sufficient level of experience. If you are a student interested in working with us, have a look at the possibilities regarding internships or graduation projects

You need to be available for about 2-3 days a week for the duration of the program, between October 2nd and December 8th 2023. To participate online, you need to have access to a computer with a webcam, a headset with a microphone and a stable internet connection. In addition, you need to be able to travel to and stay in Tilburg between October 30th and November 10th for two full-time working weeks at the TextielLab. Proficiency in English is required 


We charge a fee of €1.000,- for participation and material use. Free participation is possible for those who cannot afford to participate otherwise (please indicate in your application).  

Bear in mind that there will be additional costs for travel and accommodation which you’ll have to arrange for yourself, including the required travel documents such as visa etc.

Application process  
Starting from March 24th, you can apply through the application form (link).

You will be asked to answer some questions about yourself and your work and write a short motivation.  

The deadline for applications is Friday April 21st 2023. A jury will review all applications and will send a response about a month after the application deadline passes. Twenty candidates will be invited to do a full application, of whom eight will be selected.  

Before you apply, please have a good look at our website to get an impression of what we do and how we work. 

In short

  • What: A development program for international textile talents, centred on collaborative learning and experiment, supported by the resources and facilities of TextielMuseum | TextielLab and an inspiring group of experts. 
  • For who: recent graduates in the field of (textile) art, design & architecture 
  • Duration: 10 weeks  
  • Period: 2 October – 8 December 2023 
  • Applications: 24 March – 21 April 2023 
  • Where: hybrid – part online and part on-site at TextielLab (wk. 44-45) 
  • Number of spots in 2023: 8 
  • Language: English 
  • Participation fee: €1.000,-  excl. travel and accommodation