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A Little Bit About Sally

Sally has always had a passion for Textiles.

Since she was little, sally was always sewing, stitching, machining something or another.

In 1989 Sally graduated from the famous Glasgow School of Art followed by a time designing carpets for BMK in Kilmarnock, many of her designs can still be seen today in prestigious places such as airports, hotels and stores such as Tiffany's in New York.


Sally taught Textiles at Carlisle College of Art before departing for Africa with VSO in 1993, where she stayed until 2000 as Head of Fashion and Textiles at Takoradi Polytechnic. Sally returned to the UK and taught in Bradford before opening Ntama Gallery in Todmorden, West Yorkshire between 2006 and 2013.


Sally has exhibited her work throughout galleries in the UK. In 2011 She became a member of Northlights Studio in Hebden Bridge. Besides her artwork, Sally has  worked as an Education Officer at the nearby Birchcliffe Centre and taught evening classes at Northlights in Creative Textiles and ran her own clothing shop in Todmorden, Recently Sally has moved to Cornwall and set up her studio at the Old Bakery, Truro. Sadly Sallys cancer has recently returned and she has moved to Krowji Art Studios in Redruth with some lovely textiles folks surrounding her and a lovely lift. Her recent work will be the centre of attention at her final exhibition at Salthouse Gallery in St Ives, October 2017.

The Work



1988: Paisley Museum Centenary Exhibition

1989: Scot-free – Glasgow School of Art Graduate Exhibition – London

1989: New Designers - London

1990: Crossing the Border – Glasgow Art Schools Textile Group – Collins Gallery, Glasgow

1991: Take Five – five women artists – Kilmarnock Gallery and Museum

1990: One 67 – the new Glasgow School of Art Textile group – Newbery Gallery Glasgow

1992: Thread of Inspiration – York

2002: Two to One – Nantwich Museum and Gallery, Cheshire

2003: Solo Exhibition – The Calls – Leeds

2006: Solo Show – No Imitation – Ntama Studio Gallery, Todmorden

2008: Out  Sleepers Bar, Huddersfield

2009: Glasgow Girls – Ntama Gallery, West Yorkshire

2006-10: Christmas Exhibition – Ntama Studio Gallery, Todmorden

2010: Stoodly Café Todmorden

2010: Open Studios -  59 Steps Hebden Bridge

2011: Open Studios - Northlights Hebden Bridge

2012: Open Studios - Northlights Hebden Bridge

2012: Sally’s Small -  Ntama Gallery, Todmorden

2012: Cocooned – Bankfield Museum Halifax

2013: Open Studios -  Northlights Hebden Bridge

2014: Cocooned Part II – Roachdale

2015: The Tutors Show - Hebden Bridge, Art Space, Northlights

2015: Open Studios - Northlights Hebden Bridge

2016: June - Art in Mind - Bricklane Gallery, London

2016: September 24th-26th Northlight Studios Hebden Bridge 

2016: Northlights Meet the Artist

2016: December WInter Art Fair meet the artist Northlight Studios

Sally's work is a collection of 2 dimentional textiles/mixed media, using natural fibres, silk, cotton, wool and industrial felt, embellished with hand and machinery embroidery stitches, creating one off fine art pieces.


Much of the work represents an imaginary journey of the life cycle of a silk cocoon. Incorporating all the geography of Sally's life. Sallys new work incorporates Cornish beach finds to create rust dying images incorporating Cornish tin, stones and sandy tones.


Her work still visualises the silk theme from home town in Cheshire, to overseas in Africa and linking to the town of Todmorden on the  Lancashire, West Yorkshire border, Sally's previous home for 10 years home of the king cotton of Lancashire and the wool mills of Yorkshire, now long since gone. These creative pieces become precious and nurtured by Sally like a cocooning effect of an historical article from the past to a contemporary piece of art.



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Sally is an Arts Award Assessor for Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold

Contact Sally

Krowji Studios

Studio 114

West Park, Redruth TR15 3AJ


Mobile: 07712160600

Phone: 01209 313200

Email: [email protected]

Recent News.....

JUNE 2016 Sally had a wonderfully successful exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery London, ART IN MIND.

Students getting to grips with machine embroidery in Sally's Creative Textile Class at Northlights

Sally Darlington Cocoon in Flight

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Talk by Sally about her work took place at the Creative Nature Gallery 7pm Thursday April 21st, the placed was so full it was standing room only for this rare treat to hear about the artists life and works


For more details and email updates at Creartive Nature contact Clare Pearl [email protected] or 07817976683

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Sally recently exhibited at the Brick Lane Gallery London. In an exhibition titled ART IN MIND

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January 2017 Sally has moved to Cornwall. Her new studio is based in Turo at the Old Bakery, Malpas Road

April 2016

October 2017

Tying up Loose Threads - a final exhibition by Sally Darlington

Open event on 7th October from Midday

Open daily from 10am - 6pm from 7th-13th October

@ The SaltHouse Gallery Norway Sq, Saint Ives TR26 1NB

July 2017 - The big move to Krowji Studios Redruth

Come and visit me at the lovely new purpose built studios unit 114 call first to check I am in 077121 60600

Sally in her studio with Jasper SaltHouse Gallery image St Ives Krowji

September 2016 See Sally Live ...Meet the Artist New Work Textile Gifts Book Courses

An exhibition of textiles by Sally Darlington at Northlights Studios, Hebden Bridge from Friday 23rd September to Sunday 25th september.

Insightful talk by the Artist on Friday evening 7-8pm and followed by wine until 9pm

The exhibition will continue Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm.

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December 2016 Northlight Open Studios, Christmas Fair

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Art Gifts




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Sally sadly passed away on 11.11.17 in Cornwall her new lovely home


She is sadly missed by all who knew her