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A quick summary of upcoming events in the next 2 months. For more information, see our Workshops & Talks and Exhibitions pages.

Exhibition: Jude Flaherty Batik
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Jude Flaherty

1 Aug to 31 Dec 2018

An ongoing exhibition of Jude's batiks.

Derlwyn Arms, Mountain Road, Brynamman SA18.

Workshop: Thetis Blacker Temenos Batik Scholarship

1 Oct 2018
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Applications for 2019

The Temenos Academy is a teaching organisation dedicated to the “learning of the imagination” and awards a bi-annual scholarship, in memory of Thetis Blacker, to facilitate members of the Batik Guild and other batik artists studying the art of batik. It is envisioned that this will be primarily, but not exclusively, to support overseas research, study, field work and travel relevant to the creation of batiks. The award will be granted by a joint panel appointed by both the Temenos Academy and the Batik Guild and arranged by mutual agreement.

Once the judges have made their decision, all applicants will be informed and payment will be made as a lump sum direct to the winner within 30 days. On completion of the project, the recipient of the award will submit a short report to the Trustees of the Temenos Academy and to the Batik Guild for publication in their magazine.

The 2017 scholarship was awarded to Nia Fliamm & Agus Ismoyo in Java. The next award of up to £2,000 will be made in 2019 with the deadline for applications being 31 January 2019. Application forms will be available from the Batik Guild Secretary from October 2018.

Open to all Batik artists/researchers, from any country. Membership of the Batik Guild is not a requirement to apply.

Workshop: Batik with Angela Lenman
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Angela Lenman

6 Oct 2018 10 - 4pm

Students will learn the basic techniques of batik, and produce one or more colourful traditional batik designs or pictures on fabric, or several experimental works on paper


Cranleigh Arts Centre 1 High St, Cranleigh GU6 8AS

Talk: 'Javanese Batik and European Art Nouveau and Art Deco' Talk given by Maria Friend Maria Friend

13 Oct 2018 10.30am

Batik, the technique of patterning cloth through the application of wax, reached the highest level of complexity on the Indonesian island of Java. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the technique was introduced to Europe, where it became a distinctive feature of Art Nouveau and Art Deco design.


George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, Washington DC, USA, 701 21st Street, NW Washington, DC

Exhibition: Batik: Enduring Art of Dyers in Indonesia
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Rosi Robinson

14 Oct 2018 All day

Please join us and and Slow Fiber Studios™ this October 14th for a Celebration of Batik.  Our program includes a film screening, many lectures, a Balinese dance celebration and a trunk show with artisan crafted silk and cotton textiles and home accessories from Central Java. The theme of the day-long event is 'Batik Dongeng' or "all batik tells a story". From the rich patterns once forbidden for commoners to wear to colonial and religious influences in the pattern design and motif, centuries of traditional and contemporary batik making can be discovered by admiring and understanding the language present in the cloth.

Many priceless works of batik art will be on display from both private and public collections. Lecturers will provide in depth analysis on batik -- as a form of fashion, protest, amusement and delight.  A film presentation will describe the process of making batik from start to finish with rich visuals provided along the way.

For further information, please visit:

Berkeley Hillside Club | 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley CA 94709

Workshop: 'Menyanting': A 3-Day Batik Making Workshop

19 to 21 Oct 2018

Taught by Bhu Dalmini, Director, Batik Tulis Kebon Indah, Central Java

Assisted by Daniel Gundlach, Owner, The Language of Cloth

Bu Dalmini is a batik artist and the Director of Batik Tulis Kebon Indah, a collective of 169 women batik makers in the village of Bayat near the famous 9th century Hindu temple of Prambanan in Central Java. Bu came to the US last January for the first time to lead a talented group of textile enthusiasts in a batik workshop at The Language of Cloth studio in San Francisco. All aspects of traditional batik-making processes practiced in Java for centuries were covered, and participants were able to design and create their own batik works of art.

• This workshop and celebration is made possible by Slow Fiber Studios™. 

Slow Fiber Studios Annex | 1825 Eighth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Workshop: 'Discover the Magic of Batik' workshop with Rosi Robinson
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Rosi Robinson

27 to 28 Oct 2018 9.30am - 4pm

Come and explore the Magic of Batik. Rosi will take you through different batik projects both on paper and on fabric, using traditional and contemporary tools. Both beginners and those with experience are welcome. For more information, please contact Rosi on

The Martindale Centre, Station Road, Horsted Keynes, RH17 7ED

Exhibition: A Royal Treasure: Javanese Batik from the Collection of King Chulalongkorn of Siam

1 Nov 2018 to 30 Nov 2019

19th Century Javanese batiks from the collection of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V, r. 1868 -1910). The collection was formed during the king's three visits to Java in 1871, 1896 and 1901. Highlights include several rare examples of Cipedes (now incorporated into Tasikmalaya), once famous for a distinctive, rich red which has not been produced for over fifty years. 130 pieces will be presented during the exhibition with 3 rotations. 34 - 40 pieces will be on show at a time. There will be an extensive catalogue.

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

Workshop: Batik inspired by John Piper Jenny O'Leary

6 to 7 Nov 2018
Art Van Go, Knebworth
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