Jenny Waterson

I am an exhibitions and engagement curator.


The relationship between contemporary and historic textiles and the exploration of story and place, particularly in a heritage setting, is at the heart of my curatorial practice.


I am closely associated with Gawthorpe Textiles Collection where I curate the contemporary exhibitions and creative engagement programme, creating opportunities for artists to respond to and audiences engage with the textile collection and its founder, Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (1886-1967) and her ancestral home Gawthorpe Hall, a Grade 1 Listed Elizabethan manor house where her collection is housed and displayed.


I am a textile specialist with experience working in museums and galleries and the creative industries. After working in automotive design studios in France and Germany I ran my own design studio providing colour and material trend consultancy to automotive manufacturers in Europe, America and Asia.


I have a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art and have been a Visiting Lecturer and student mentor at the RCA. I am also an elected Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and have served as a portfolio advisor and membership assessor for the CSD. I am a qualified Gold Arts Award Advisor.