Category Archives: Exhibition

Unmissable COTTON-Picking talk

Thursday 26th April, don’t miss the opportunity to hear a fascinating talk by Anna Arabindan-Kesson. Arabindan-Kesson is a History of Art and African-American studies academic travelling from Yale University, USA to discuss issues around the representation of cotton production in… Continue reading

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Action weaver looms large

All at the Whitworth are looking forward to seeing the results of Travis Meinolf’s specially commissioned Action Weaving sessions coming up soon for COTTON: Global Threads. The artist, hailing from San Francisco and now living in Berlin, has been in… Continue reading

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COTTON: Global Threads for Educators

The COTTON: Global Threads exhibition introduces visitors to a number of complex issues and human stories told through a wealth of beautiful, fascinating historical objects and thought-provoking contemporary artworks in a range of media. The Whitworth’s Learning and Interpretation team… Continue reading

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Textile sample books as inspiration

The Textile Manufactures of India Vols I, II, V & VII (1866) A selection of Indian sample books by John Forbes Watson are on display in the Gulbenkian Gallery at the Whitworth. The volumes entitled The Textile Manufactures of India are… Continue reading

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Focus on: Anne Wilson

Curator Dr Jennifer Harris discusses Anne Wilson‘s work, articles from the Whitworth’s collection that the artist chose to display in the Pilkington Gallery, and interesting connections with further pieces in COTTON: Global Threads. Audio recorded in Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester… Continue reading

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Focus on: ‘Six spark plugs’ fabric design

The Curator of COTTON: Global Threads and Deputy Director of the Whitworth, Dr Jennifer Harris discusses with Liza Lemsatef Cunningham this curious design, currently on display in the Textile Gallery, part of the gallery’s extensive textile collection.

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Views of Drop Sari

A video showing an installation view of Liz Rideal‘s Drop Sari, at the Whitworth Art Gallery, as part of COTTON: Global Threads. Rideal’s work displays imagery from India and tumbling sari fabrics projected upon white cotton saris – in the… Continue reading

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Artist Interview – Grace Ndiritu

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Tiny Dresses and Conservation Nightmares

Listen below to an interview with Ann French, conservator at Whitworth Art Gallery, explaining some of the unique challenges she and her team had to face when preparing vintage textiles and costume for display in COTTON: Global Threads.

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Front Row BBC Radio 4 review

Hear Polly Leonard from Selvedge Magazine give her perspective on the exhibition Radio 4 Front Row 14th February 2012 (mp3)

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