CV Donna Cheshire Textile Artist


2016 Craft & Design Selected Maker Gold Award for Textiles & Needlecrafts


2009 – GLEAM Creative Entrepreneur training

2000 – 2001 National qualification in Gifted & Talented Education Westminster Institute Oxford Brookes University (P.T course

1996-1998 MA Design Bretton Hall College (P.T course)

1995 Awarded Charted Membership. Associateship of the Textile Institute

1990-1991 PGCE Textile Arts Bretton Hall College University of Leeds

1988-1989 Associateship of the Textile Institute Huddersfield University (2:1 equiv.)

1986-1988 HND Btec Design (Textiles) Huddersfield University


July 2015- 2021 Freelance Artist for ‘Room For You’ Arts in Health

May 2008 – Freelance Artist

9/2000 – 3/2008 Strand Co-ordinator for Gifted & Talented Pupils, Sunderland EiC Partnership (Part-time since 09/03)

9/99 to 7/2000 P.T Lecturer at University of Northumbria Secondary ITT course (Textiles)

4/99 to 8/99 P.T Tutor for Art & Design at HMP Acklington and HMYOI Castington, Northumberland.

11/98 to 5/99 P.T Art Ambassador at the Laing Art Gallery. Newcastle upon Tyne

9/98 to 10/98 Supply teacher for Art & Design at Durham Gilesgate Comprehensive.

9/97-8/98   Art tutor and 2nd  in department Winstanley College, Wigan (part time)

9/91-8/97 Art tutor at Winstanley College, including duties as second and acting head of department (full time)

Group Membership

2014 –2021 Network Artists North East ( board member 2014-15)

2008 – Fusion Textile Artists Network

Group Exhibitions


Fusion ‘Extended’ Textile Art Exhibition

Bailiffgate Museum & Art Gallery, Alnwick (Nov ’20 -Jan ’21)

Gateshead Library Gallery (Nov ’21 – Jan ’22)


21 Years of an Angel – Gateshead Library


Open:Ocean exhibition at Woodhorn Colliery Museum


British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate

Fusion ‘Connections’ Exhibition Gallery 45 Felton, Northumberland

Great North Art Show, Richmond, North Yorkshire


‘Coast’ Exhibition Gallery 45 Felton, Northumberland

Great North Art Show, Richmond, North Yorkshire


Contemporary Textiles Fair  Landmark Arts Centre Teddington London (March)

Essex Craft & Design Fair RHS Hyde Hall Essex (May)

Fusion Textile Network – Group Exhibition Farfield Mill Art Gallery, Sedburgh (June)

Carlisle Arts Fair, Sands Centre, Carlisle (August)


Fusion Textile Network – Group Exhibition Castle Douglas Art Gallery

Network Artists North East Studio Art Tour


Contemporary Textiles Fair Teddington London,

Simple Things Exhibition Washington Arts Centre, Tyne & Wear

Essex Craft & Design Show

Richmond Designer Craft Market


British Craft Trade Fair Harrogate

Fusion Textile Network Ten Year Retrospective The Wolds Gallery, Yorkshire

2010  British Craft Trade Fair Harrogate,

Manchester Royal Exchange Gallery,

Leeds City Craft Gallery

The Biscuit Factory Newcastle Summer Shows

Commissions & Workshops


Garden Fence Gallery Community Project for Byker Children & Young People’s project

Art Diamonds Penpals postal workshops for Gateshead Arts


Costume Design Unit for Btec Circus programme

Online workshops for community groups


Chopwell Quick Crafters Community Art Project


Chillingham Road Primary School WW1 Centenary Project

Which Craft, South Charlton Community Art project for the Village Hall

Needle felted Angel workshop for the Gateshead Angel 20 programme

Talks and workshops for Embroiderers’ Guild groups across the region.

2017 Private commission for “High Strung Hills”

2016  Room for You Arts in Health  art workshops in hospitals (ongoing)

Greenside Primary School ‘The Last Shift’ Banner project

My Journey commission and workshops for Heaton Baptist Church

Freestyle Machine Embroidery Workshop for Weave/Creative Futures programme

Bespoke Brooches – An Introduction to Needle Felting  private workshops

Textile 1/2 day presentation Embroiderers Guild in Hexham

2015   The Heaton Map commission and workshops for Heaton Festival, Newcastle

Textile Art Workshop 1 day workshop at Beech Hill Primary School, Newcastle

Tin Can Workshop 1 day workshop at Duchess High School, Alnwick, Northumberland

Needle Felt Hearts ½ day workshop at Northumberland Cof E Academy

Daybreak Mission Statement Mural for Daybreak Northumbria at Cowgate, Newcastle

Textile 1/2 day presentation Embroiderers Guild in Durham

Textile 1 day Workshop Embroiderers Guild in Darlington

2014  Tin Can Workshop 1 day public workshop at Gateshead Library

Needle Felt Hearts workshop series for Gateshead Arts Development team

Proggy Rug Project Design & Pupil Workshops Chillingham Road Primary School

Textile 1 day Workshops Embroiderers Guild in Newcastle & in Hartlepool.


2016 Craft & Design magazine March/April edition

2015 Cloth Paper Scissors July/August Edition feature on ‘Day Trippers’ series

2014 Contemporary Appliqué by Julia Triston/Rachel Lombard features images of my work