Anne collects recycled fabric, paper and ephemera using collage, stitch, photographic and print processes to create mixed media textiles, framed and free hanging. Her inspirations are taken from travel and memory and naïve, outsider and folk art. Her heavily embroidered and textural works have been described as 'small worlds', with a small scrap or remnant of fabric that can inspire a whole piece. Her first co-written book 'Connected Cloth' reflects her project work in the UK and abroad.

Anne produces projects and commissions for private and public individuals (see 'Commissions' page). She teaches (see her blog for current teaching and events) and speaks to guilds and groups. She was artist in residence at a beautiful garden and exhibited at the international 'World of Threads Festival' in Canada in 2014 & 2016, the Prague Patchwork Meeting, Quilt en Beaujolais and Les Aiguilles en Luberon. She was an invited gallery artist at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London Alexandra Palace in 2016 and Olympia 2018. She has also exhibited at the Festival of Quilts and the Knitting and Stitching Shows in Harrogate and Dublin.

Her second book is 'Textile Nature' about the many connections between textile art and the natural world for Batsford Books.Its launch exhibition was at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London, Harrogate and Dublin in 2016. It has been reprinted twice and sold in many venues internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Courtauld Gallery and the Natural History Museum in London, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.

'Textile Folk Art' , her third book for Batsford, examines the influences and links between folk art and textiles. Taking examples from well established artists and her own work, she locates the trend historically and geographically. Her book is in the Tate Modern Bookshop in London. Anne is on the Crafts Council Register of Makers. 


photo courtesy The Knitting and Stitching Show

Review of 'Small Worlds' exhibition: 'The materials were everyday, accessible and also evocative, it inspired me to get stitching...even though you could create your own work you still wondered if it had as much to say or as much depth as Anne's work' author and tutor, Carolyn Forster. 

Anne Kelly Textiles Blog for current exhibition, event and workshop information

Anne Catherine Kelly, BA (hons), ATC, Goldsmiths College, London

Selected recent exhibitions:

2019 - 'Leaf to Leaf' part of 'Stitched - A Homecoming' two person show at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. Almonte, Ontario, (January-March), 'Articles of Ancestry',solo exhibition, Timeless Textiles Gallery, Newcastle, Australia (April- May)

2018 - 'Oddities and Curiosities' , Harbour Gallery, Jersey (February), 'Folk Tales' featured artist and ambassador Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, London (March), 'Hand Made', Lovelys Gallery, Margate (April), 'Between Friends' Group Exhibition Fog Forest Gallery, Sackville, NB, (April-May), 'Stitched Up in Sydney', 76 Queen Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia (March-May), 'Drawing the Garden', Chelsea Fringe, Tunbridge Wells (May), 'Trail' Group exhibition Art in Canterbury at Conquest House Gallery, 'Gathering Memories', group exhibition for Alzheimers Society, Willis Museum, Basingstoke, Southampton Art Gallery (June- August), featured artist 'Happy and Glorious', Cranbrook, 'The Stitched Salon' solo, Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley ( October/November), featured artist 'Art Van Go', Knebworth, featured artist and author 'Folk House' at Compton Verney Museum and Park, Warwickshire, 'Folk Tales' at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate (November).

2017 -  featured artist 'Happy and Glorious', Cranbrook, Kent (February), invited tutor - Fibrearts Australia and New Zealand (March-May), invited artist - Aiguilles en Luberon, Luberon, France (May), Shed Gallery, South East Open Studios (May), 'Stitched Up' Timeless Textiles/The Lock Up, Newcastle, Australia,'Folk Tales', solo exhibition The Old Chapel Textile Centre, Newbury, Berkshire (July/August), Chapter 17 (October-December), group exhibition for the Embroiderers Guild, Knitting and Stitching Shows UK

2016 - invited artist - Quilt Expo en Beaujolais 6th Edition, ParcExpo - Villefranche sur Saone, France (April),'Two by 'Two' (2 person) All Hallows by the Tower, London (September),'Nature Notes', Books Pavilion, London (October), The Knitting and Stitching Shows, London, Dublin and Harrogate (October - November), World of Threads Festival, solo gallery, Ontario Canada (November)

2015- 'Cross-Pollination' - Garden artists in residence, Crowborough Community Centre (January), 'The Kiss' group exhibition Gallery Different, London (February) 'Walk on the Wildside' guest artist, Harbour Gallery, Jersey (March). Prague Patchwork Meeting (as Resonant Textiles), (April), 'Animal Magic', The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury (April), 'Woven', Wing Gallery, Wadhurst (May), SEE Art Fair, Chelsea Fringe/SEOS, Tunbridge Wells, (May/June), Inaugural Group Exhibition, Art at the Control Tower, Kings Hill, Kent (July-September), Kent Painters Group, Sevenoaks, (October/November), 'Lustre 15' , Tonbridge, (December)

2014 - 'Connected Cloth- Cuttings and Bridges' (with Cas Holmes), Trinity Town and Country Gallery ,Tunbridge Wells (February) and Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley (July),'Supporting Statements' with Hospice in the Weald, Harrogate (International Palliative Care Congress), 'Textile Nature', MTW Hospital Trust (June - January 2015), 'Shed Gallery', SEOS, Tunbridge Wells (June), 'Birds of a Feather' RSPN Rainham Marshes, (July), SEE Art Fair, Tunbridge Wells (July), 'Alternative Stories', Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury (until Jan. 2014), September Art Fair, Wadhurst, E. Sussex (September), International Festival of Threads, Oakville, Canada, solo gallery (November)

2013 'Woodland Walks' Crowborough (January), 'Artist of the Month' Alter-Ego Gallery, Battle (February), Oad Street Gallery, Borden (March), 'Tender' Gallery Different, London (April) 'Polish and Pin', Brighton (May), South East Open Studios, Tunbridge Wells (June), 'Small Worlds' solo, Crowborough (July) and Tunbridge Wells (September), Cranbrook Art Show (November)

2012 DMH Stallard, Crawley (Feb) Naked Eye Galery, Brighton (Feb) 'Cuttings and other Collaborations' with Cas Holmes, Recall Studios, Tunbridge Wells (Feb) 'Kiss' Exhiition, Gallery Different, London (Feb) 'Polish and Pin' AOH Brighton (May) 'Body Casting Olympians' with Louise Giblin, Mall Galleries, London 'Shed Gallery', SEOS Tunbridge Wells,(June) Knitting and Stitching Show and Festival of Quilts with Cas Holmes August/October, Alter Ego Gallery, Battle, from September, 'Celebrity Squares' for Hospice in the Weald, Brewhouse Hotel, Tunbridge Wells (October), Coach House Gallery, Alfriston (November), Artists of the High Weald, Crowborough Centre (December)

2011 'Domestic Mapping' with Cas Holmes, Trinity Town and Country Gallery, Tunbridge Wells (March) Artists Open Houses 'Polish and Pin', Brighton (May and December) South East Open Studios, Tunbridge Wells (June) Tunbridge Wells Museum wall (June) East Sussex Contemporary Art Fair, Rye (June) 'Tree Exhibition'- The Art Room, Ashford (June-July) Parallax 2 - Parallax Art Fair, London (July) 'Freiheit-Liberte-Freedom', Festival of Quilts, Birmingham and touring to Moscow, Prague and Germany ongoing work for sale at Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto Renegade Handmade, Chicago 'Lyrical Journeys', Brewhouse Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (October) 'Native Flair', Tunbridge Wells Hospital (November) work at 'Loverslight Gallery', Twickenham from October 'Polish and Pin' Hove, Christmas event (November/December) Saffron Gallery, Battle - Christmas exhibition (December/January)

2010 Kings Hill Art/Business Partnership - installations and wall pieces (Jan - March 2010) DMH Stallard, London - selected work (March - May) East Sussex Contemporary Art Fair (April) South East Open Studios, Tunbridge Wells (June) 'Threads' Artloco Gallery, Ticehurst, E. Sussex (June/July) 'Natural Histories' - touring Artworks MK - Milton Keynes (June) and Maidstone Library Gallery (September) Gallery 100 Brighton (August/September) Tunnel Art Gallery, Tonbridge Open Art Exhibition (October) Canterbury Art Fair/Kent Art Space Launch, Creek Creative Studios, Faversham (November) 'In Touch', Dorton House - RLIB, Sevenoaks (November) MCCT, Montreal, Canada '20x20 exhibition' (November/December)

Artist in Residence - Sussex Prairies Garden, West Sussex 2014

                                           Farindola International Art Festival, Abruzzo, Italy 2018 

AwardsElizabeth Greenshields Foundation, two consecutive awards

Hospice in the Weald Award, Tonbridge Open Art Exhibition

 Judge for John Downtown Award (Kent County Council) and the Batsford Prize 

Collections - private collections in the UK and abroad, public including Vatican Collection, Rome and Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, MTW Hospital Trust