Design & Craft

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 2022 Clothworkers' Associate Prize for Printed Textiles at New Designers went to Emilie Harford, along with a cash prize.

We also sponsor four awards through the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition each year, including the categories of Knitted Design, Printed Textiles, Woven Fabric Design for Fashion, and Woven Fabric Design for Interiors.

Recent Grants