Wellington’s dedicated visual arts festival, supported by Wellington City Council and the Blumhardt Foundation, returns for a third time – this time exploring textile art.

Following Fired Up Festival of Ceramics in 2020 and Face to Face Portrait Festival in 2021, a cohort of the city’s leading dealer and public galleries are collaborating once again to stage Threads Textiles Festival from 16–20 March.

From intricate embroidery to 1970s high fashion, psychedelic oriental rugs, Māori weaving, and Niuean barkcloth, Threads explores the diversity of textiles and the innovative ways practitioners are adapting centuries old traditions into contemporary artworks.

With more than 15 free exhibitions and a roster of workshops, talks and tours at venues spanning Lower Hutt, Petone, Thorndon and the central city, Threads sheds new night on contemporary textile practices in Aotearoa and beyond.

What's On


From intricate embroidery to 1970s high fashion, psychedelic oriental rugs, Māori weaving and Niuean barkcloth, Threads Textiles Festival brings together artists, galleries and museums for five days of art events spanning the cultural capital - Find Out More


One day online symposium presented by The Dowse that will unravel the seam between textiles and contemporary art - Find Out More


Explore the city's cultural prescient after hours on Saturday 19 March - Find Out More


Enjoy an exhibition, catch a hands-on workshop, join a tour and meet artists and curators at one of the thirteen participating galleries or museums - Discover Galleries


Fashion and art intersect with temporary exhibitions and in-store pop-ups at a selection of independent Wellington boutiques - Discover Pop Ups

Galleries & Pop Ups

  • Bartley & Company Art
  • Bowen Galleries
  • Caughley
  • The Dowse Art Museum
  • The Engine Room
  • Jhana Millers Gallery
  • Katherine Mansfield House and Garden 
  • Kaukau
  • McLeavey Gallery
  • Minerva
  • New Zealand Portrait Gallery
  • Page Galleries
  • Petone Settlers Museum
  • {Suite} Art Gallery
  • Te Papa
  • The See Here
  • The Service Depot
  • Toi Māori Gallery
  • Toi Pōneke 
  • Twenty Seven Names
  • Wellington School of Design, Massey University


  • Wed 16 Mar — Sun 20 Mar


  • Lower Hutt
  • Petone
  • Thorndon
  • CBD