Jenny Waterson

I work with artists and communities to create exhibitions of contemporary textiles, often in a heritage setting. I’m a textiles curator, artist and creative engagement practitioner, based in Manchester.


My work uses textiles to help people connect with others by sharing stories and experiences.


I have expertise in the arts, heritage and creative industries, specialising in:




Artists and communities

Museum collections

Learning resources

Project management

Partnership working

Grant funding.


Until recently I was Learning Curator at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection curating the contemporary exhibition and creative engagement programme and creating opportunities for artists, communities and a wide range of audiences to get involved with the collection. I also developed Sandford Award-winning education sessions for primary, secondary, FE and HE students, alongside a popular public programme of creative workshops inspired by the collection. I secured funding and developed partnerships with local and regional organisations to support project work.


Previously I worked as an automotive colour and trim designer in Germany before establishing my own international automotive trend and design studio based in London and Manchester.


I have a Textile Design degree from Trent University in Nottingham, a Masters in Vehicle Design from the Royal College of Art in London and am an elected Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers.