WTA Biennials

The 8th WTA International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art will take place during September 17th to November 3rd 2019 in Madrid, Spain. It is the first World Textile Art Biennial in Europe.

WTA Biennials are international expositions of contemporary textile art along with an agenda of education and culture led by the most important icons of the Textile Art World. IT takes place every two years in different parts of the world. The event is organized through a very complex selection process which selects the most important and best art pieces to participate in the event. World class curators and guest judges are part of a unique art and culture event that has already visited North, Central and South America since its creation. Every Biennial attracts some of the most important people of the textile world who are gather together in seminars, special events, fairs and workshops. Each Biennial has attracted artists from all the continents and has left an important footprint in each of the cities that have hosted the event. Along with all the art and culture being shared in each event, the Organization has commited not only funds but also time and other types of resources to help the visually impaired persons become a part of the wonderful world of textiles. Workshops and special events have been very exciting, and filled with energy and spirit to help others. Each Biennial has left an important footprint both visual and as a document that allows the world of textile Art to grow and gain the respect of people all over the world. Each Biennial has produced a beautiful book that can be purchased online, illustrating some of the most wonderful art pieces you have ever seen.

Contemporary textile art continues to be one of the fastest growing plastic arts and also one of the most attractive in the world. The most important galleries in the world, along with museums and other organizations, continue to open their doors to this type of events since they attract large masses of people. Floor sculptures, wall pieces and hanging models are just a few of the many type of expressions that you can find in a textile art exhibition. World Textile Art has an extremely important role by continuing to support and promote artists from all over the world. The six Biennials that have been hosted so far, along with tens of events and the upcomming Biennial, will continue to set up the foundation for an even brighter future. You may continue to read more about our Organization by clicking below. In 2017 Uruguay will have the honor to host the 7th Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, becoming the 6th country to host the event. Some of the best artists from all the continents will present q unique display of talent, imagination, and techniques.


Our network of Textile Artists extends to more than 75 countries in ALL continents.

For the past 20 years and six Biennials, World Textile Art has held the most important events world wide. Hundreds of artists have emerged after participating in the Biennials, or in another of our official events. It is a life-changing experience that will allow your work to be exhibited next to the ELITE. Our catalogues and official books reach thousands of places around the world. Our Website is seen by thousands of people annually, and our events attract masses. Don't let the great opportunity pass: Don't wait until the last moment. Don't think you can only submit under a single format: You may submit several proposals within any of the four categories, and receive an excellent discount for multiple registration payment.



The Selection Process


Artworks shall be selected by a group of three renown international judges as it has always been since the 1st Biennial. They will judge creativity, technique as well as make sure each art work meets the technical specifications.


From the moment we receive your application to the moment we receive your submission, we will have online support for each step of the selection process.


Selected participants shall be notified at the E-mail provided in the registration form. Make sure you receive confirmation of your registration form and artwork submission. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Three Awards and Mentions

Three awards and several honorary mentions shall be awarded according to the Jury’s decision. The winners and special mentions—as well as all participants—are encouraged to visit Uruguay during the Biennial.

Ever since the 5th Biennial took place in Argentina—Uruguay's neighbor—the plan to host a Biennial in Montevideo began to take shape.

The wait is now over, and URUGUAY will host what is expected to be the largest Biennial yet. Four massive locations will be hosting the main exhibitions, while several other locations country-wide will host cultural, entertainment and educational events. WTA's 7th is now official in the beautiful land of the "Charrúas". This video gives you an idea of what a Biennial is pretty much like.

About Uruguay

Events & News

Uruguay has officially secured the Seventh Edition of the WTA Biennial. After a strong "Arm Wrestle" against proposals from Canada, United States and Mexico. Uruguay presented an amazing proposal to become the new host of the WTA Biennial in 2017.

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Spain has just confirmed to be the official Guest Country in the VII Biennial and will be hosting a very large event at the Centro Cultural de España in Montevideo. Rumors are they are after the 8th Edition of the Biennial. They have taken the 1st step.

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Venues Confirmed

So far four venues have officially confirmed their participation in the event. The SUBTE, MAVM, Teatro Solís and the Centro Cultural de España will be hosting the Large Format, Video Art, Guest Artists, Small Format and Textile Photography shows.

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