About COTTON: Global Threads

The exhibition, COTTON: Global Threads is held at the Whitworth Gallery , University of Manchester, from 11th February to 13th May 2012.

Through a dramatic redisplay of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s textile displays, COTTON: Global Threads aims to set the production and consumption of cotton in a global framework, taking in Lancashire and South Asia, the Americas and Africa. Although cotton gave Lancashire its hour on the stage of world history, today China, the USA and India are the world’s foremost producers of cotton textiles.

New commissions by contemporary artists including Yinka Shonibare, MBE and Lubaina Himid will be shown alongside historic pieces from the late Middle Ages to the present day, exploring how cotton’s history touches on economics, science and technology, slavery, fashion and popular culture.

About Whitworth Art Gallery

Welcome to the Whitworth Gallery, Admission free!

The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to internationally renowned collections of modern art, textiles, watercolours, prints, drawings and sculpture. Created in 1908 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth is today developing a new vision for the role of a university gallery, and is forging stronger connections between park, community and landscape through a £12 million re- development and extension.

About Stories of the World

COTTON: Global Threads is part of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World. The exhibition will showcase a three-year programme of this activity with young people.

2012 Cultural Olympiad

2012 Cultural Olympiad

London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme, Stories of the World, presents exciting new museum exhibitions across the UK, created by young people. The project is led by the Arts Council England (ACE) in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The Stories of the World exhibitions get young people working with curators, film makers, artists, writers and musicians to explore and reinterpret museum collections, giving a new perspective on the stories that tell us about our place in the world. It is the largest youth participation project ever delivered by museums – with more than 1500 young people already recruited as curators to lead and develop the projects.


Warrior’s tunic, Mali, 1880-99

Warrior’s tunic, Mali, 1880-99

Exhibition Design: James Kingston-Stewart
Graphic Design: Glorious Creative Limited
Press and PR: Colman Getty Consultancy
Exterior Lighting: dbn Lighting Ltd
Exhibition Website: Liza Lemsatef Cunningham
Exhibition curated by: Dr Jennifer Harris


Liz Rideal, Ghost Sari (detail), 2001. Courtesy of Gallery 339, Philadelphia, USA.

Liz Rideal 'Ghost Sari'

The Artists, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Sally Olding and the Stories of the World Team, Vicki Wheeler, Judy Wong, Kelly Parish, Smiling Wolf, Onteca, The Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust, Mandy Tolley, Staff and Students of Manchester Metropolitan University, Sarah Hickson, Professor Anne Morrell, David Chadwick, Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville, Tennessee), Fries Museum (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands,) Ashmolean Museum (The University of Oxford), National Trust, Manchester City Galleries, Harris Museum and Art Gallery (Preston), Jonathan Hope, Francesca Galloway and Titi Halle, Little Greene, People Tree, Kuyichi, Selvedge Drygoods, Bridget Fiske, Desiree Cherrington, Stephanie Howe, Centre for Advanced Training (The Lowry), Dr Laurence Brown, Fairtrade Foundation, Environmental Justice Foundation, North West Film Archive, Diane Cazelles, Joëlle, Busca, Michael Pollard, Joel Chester Fildes, Amy George (Assistant Curator), Ann French (Conservator,Textiles)
And the staff of the Whitworth Art Gallery

One Response to About

  1. We are quite interested on bringing an exhibition about cotton to Brazil to integrate the Cotton Farmers Annual Meeting.

    Could you please be so kind to inform me who shall I connect with?


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