SAT 14 OCT 2006 > SUN 14 JAN 2007


Gateway to the future, Lille3000 has set out to explore the richness and complexity of the world of tomorrow by probing every channel its evolution takes. Lille3000 presents an exemplary array from our region that is both original and exceptional. It deals therefore with a particularly necessary and vivid section of the future: textiles which have become technological, innovative and intelligent. 

At the heart of this theme, the Futurotextiles exhibition deals with these issues in an intriguing manner, by weaving together art and science and plunging us headfirst into the radical metamorphosis that our region’s textile sphere is currently undergoing. Supported by Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine (the urban community of the Lille metropolis), the Nord-Pas de Calais region and the Lille Chamber of Commerce and Industry, accomplished in partnership with a number of textile companies from the region, with the help of CLUBTEX, local universities and research centres, Futurotextiles is a tribute to the extraordinary dynamism of this field, recognised the country over for its Up-Tex.

Strengthened by its historical savoir-faire and by more than 150 companies, the metropolis’ textile industry has managed to orientate itself towards state-of-the-art research and innovation, and has launched itself successfully towards chemical progress and micro/nano technology. Woven basalt, glowing lace, ecological filters, talking clothes, energisers or biomagnetics are all part of this impressive process that continues to flourish for the local textile industry. Astonishing, intriguing, sometimes with unexpected variations on their initial use, these new materials are synonymous with improved lifestyles, better comfort and increased protection and security. They are our future. 

They are also a source of inspiration for a great number of contemporary artists whose work is at the forefront of innovation. Thanks to an original exhibition layout, mixing design, science, art and cutting-edge technologies, we can discover how creative minds have explored the possibilities of these new textiles, including artists such as Elisabeth de Senneville, Daniel Buren and Paco Rabanne.



Avenue Willy Brandt 
59000 Lille


Exhibition Partners

Atelier National d’Art Textile (ANAT), Architecture & Vision, Art/Entreprise, Brigade des Sapeur- Pompiers de Paris, Centexbel, CLUBTEX, The Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, le Centre Georges Pompidou Metz, l’Observatoire de l’Espace du CNES, la Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles (DRAC), l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et de l’Industrie Textile (ENSAIT), l’Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Dunkerke, l’Ecomusée de Fourmies, Edana, les Editions du Paillié, le Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), FUTEX, la Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Galerie Numeriscausa, IFTH, Innotex, l’Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), l’Institut Supérieur de Design de Valenciennes (ENSCI), Galerie Intérieur, HEI, Maison du Lin, le Ministère de la Culture, le Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de Lille, le Musée de géologie de Lille, la Piscine, Musée d’art et d’Industrie, la Revue Internationale des utilisateurs de Textiles Techniques (TUT), la Redoute, Ssamzie Space, Service Logistique du Commissariat de l’Air (SELOCA), Uptex, the Swedish School of Textile, Université Technique de Liberec, Tissu Premier, TSB…