Curriculum Vitae

Bobby Britnell

Born 1953 Guildford, Surrey

Education and Qualifications

1972 - 1975 Teachers Certificate in Textiles and Design, Art and Fashion at Battersea College of Education
1982 -1984 City and Guilds Embroidery Part 1 at Mole Valley Adult Education Institute, Dorking, Surrey
1985 -1987 City and Guilds Embroidery Part 2 at Mole Valley Adult Education Institute, Dorking, Surrey
1992 - 1993 Certificate in Church Embroidery at Urchfont Manor, Wiltshire.
2001 City and Guilds in Textile Decorative Techniques at Westhope College, Craven Arms
2005 City and Guilds in Mixed Media at Westhope College, Craven Arms


1969 - 1970 Lord St John Roper, Theatrical Costumiers, London
1971 -1972 Sir Bernard Weatherill, Civil, Sporting, Military Tailors, Guildford, Surrey
1975 - 1987 Full time teacher, Bishop Reindorp C of E Secondary School, Guildford, Surrey
1987 - present Professional Textile Artist/Freelance Teacher/Lecturer Shropshire based, but working country wide
1995 - 2007 City and Guilds Tutor, Westhope College, Craven Arms
2008 - 2011 Tutor for BA(Hons), Julia Caprara School of Textile Arts (formerly Opus)

Areas of Work with Experience

Early Years Education, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Adult Education, Community Arts, Exhibiting, Lecturing, Private Commissions, Residencies, Special Needs, Visual Arts Consultancy, Fund-raising, Grant Applications, Project Management, Courses, Lectures.


Since Sep 1976 Branch Member of the Embroiderers Guild
Since Sep 1982 Individual Member of the Embroiderers Guild
Since Jan 1996 Textile Study Group
A high profile national exhibiting and teaching group
Since Aug 2003 Individual member of the Quilters Guild

Commissions and Residencies

1999/2000 Lingen Millennium Lingen, Shropshire Community Panels (2 triptychs)
2000 The Staircase, Toronto, private collection
2000 Much Wenlock Primary School, Shropshire,
Community Banners
2000 Collaborative Working at Wistanstow Primary School, Shropshire on Stiperstones Project
2004 'Impact' Summer School, Hadley, Telford
2004 The Long Mynd Project, Wistanstow Primary School
2005 Out of this World’ residency at Picknalls First School, Uttoxeter
2006 3 day residency, hanging for local church, Newcastle School
2008 Commission for large scale hanging, Telford Culture Zone

Main Prizes and Awards

2000 'Creative Ambitions Award' for new works from West Midlands Arts
2007 Arts Council grant for touring exhibition 'Six Stories'
2011 Arts Council grant on behalf of the Textile Study Group for 'Individual and Collective'
2020 West Midlands Tourism Awards 2020 - finalist

Published Work

2013 Stitched Textiles: Flowers
Bobby Britnell, Search Press

Critical Reviews

My work has been featured in several publications, books and reviews. Some of these are as follows:

Journalist Title Publication Date
Textile Study Group Insights TSG 2020
Textile Study Group DIS/rupt TSG May 2017
Gwen Hedley Drawn to stitch. Line, drawing and mark-making in textile art. Batsford Sep 2010
Malcolm Coulthard & Alison Johnson Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics Routledge Mar 2010
Kim Thittachai Experimental Textiles Batsford Aug 2009
Artscene Designs to Dye for Shropshire Review May/Jun 2009
Esther Read Classic Stitches Classic Stitches Apr 2009
Dianne Huck Exhibition report from Quilts in the Garden Patchwork and Quilting May 2008
Davina Thomas Quilts in the Garden Popular Patchwork Jul 2006
Elizabeth Fuchs Six in the Garden Euro Quilt News  
Sandra Meech Creative Quilts Batsford 2006
Sue Richardson The Textile Directory Word 4 Word 2005
Jan Miller Unpicking the Seams Classic Stitches No 68 May 2005
Anne Beavan Six in the Garden Popular Patchwork Jun 2004
Diary Events What's On Popular Patchwork Oct 2003
  Best in Contemporary Quilts Creative Exhibitions Ltd Oct 2003
Sandra Meech Contemporary Quilts, Design Surface and Stitch Batsford Aug 2003
Bobby Britnell Waterddy Lane Patchwork und Quiltjournal, Vienna May/Jun 2003
Annette Claxton Quilt 2002 The Quilter Spring 2003
Alicia Merrett Quilt 2002 Reflections The Quilters Guild Spring 2003

Annedore Neumann
London Calling Patchwork und Quiltjournal Vienna Jan/Feb 2003
Davina Thomas Reflections Popular Patchwork Jan 2003
Davina Thomas Clytwaith Popular Patchwork Dec 2002
Linda Kemshall Patchwork and Quilting 'Six' contemporary group exhibit Aug 2002
Marion Haslam Six of the Best Popular Patchwork Feb 2002
  Patchwork and Quilting   Jun 2001
Helen Joseph The Art of Quilts Patchwork and Quilter Aug 2001
Embroiderers' Guild Millennium Calendar image used for month of May) Embroiderers' Guild 2000
Peter Pannett Stitched Images '98 Guernsey Evening Press June 1998
Kerry Pocock Knitting/Stitching Show Irish Patchworker Nov 1999
Embroiderers' Guild 'World of Embroidery' work on front cover   Nov 1998
Robert Cunning Encyclopaedia of Picture Framing Techniques Quarto 1993
Joan Archer Embroidery '88 Embroidery Magazine 1989
Celina Scott Embroidery '88 BBC Clothes Road Show Nov 1988
Vicky Lugg/M.Best Design for Embroidery Batsford 1988

Major Public and Private Collections

KPMG, London, 6 pieces. Work is in private collections in England, Austria, Germany, Canada, America and Portugal.