Special Events

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    Action Weaving

    Drop-in Event:
    Learn to weave and participate in a weaving ‘race’, supervised by Travis Meinolf, Action Weaver. Continue reading

  • After Hours : ‘Action Weaver’ Inspired

    Adult Programme:
    Taking inspiration from action weaver Travis Meinolf, join us for an evening of interesting and unique performances that intertwine themselves into our exhibitions and spaces. Continue reading

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    Talk: Anna Arabindan-Kesson

    Drop-in Event:
    Talk from Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Researcher at Yale University. Continue reading

  • Treasure Baskets

    Family event for babies and their grown-ups:
    Artist -led workshop. Explore and play with baskets of everyday, natural and sensory objects. Continue reading

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    Talk: Liz Rideal

    Artist Liz Rideal will discuss her practice, including her work featured in COTTON: Global Threads
    Free, no need to book, drop-in. Continue reading

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    Talk & Book Signing with Lucy Siegle

    Event, Booking Essential:
    The One Show presenter and Observer journalist Lucy Siegle is author of ‘To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?’ Continue reading

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    Walking the Warp Manchester

    Drop-in Event:
    New movement performance choreographed by Professor Anne Wilson, Walking the Warp Manchester is a one-off durational work developed in collaboration with young dancers at the Lowry’s Centre for Advanced Training. Continue reading

  • After Hours : Manchester Histories Festival

    Adult Programme:
    Join us to celebrate the start of the Manchester Histories Festival with an offbeat evening of discussions music and performance responding to our exhibition, COTTON: Global Threads. Continue reading

  • Wednesday Crafternoon Tea

    Adult Programme:
    Monthly social art and craft workshops. Enjoy a cuppa whilst trying your hand at some new, unusual techniques in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Continue reading

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    Student Social

    All students welcome
    A free exhibition opening party curated by Manchester Art Group students to
    celebrate COTTON: Global Threads Continue reading

  • Creative Treats: Mother’s Day Special

    For children of all ages, their families and carers:
    Bring along your mum and nana for an afternoon of creative treats. Enjoy spending time relaxing and having fun together getting artistic and make a present for them to take home. Continue reading

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    Talk: Grace Ndiritu

    Drop-in Event:
    Artist Grace Ndiritu in conversation with Dr Jennifer Harris, Curator of COTTON: Global Threads. Continue reading

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    Unchosen Film Festival

    Youth Programme, Students:
    A programme of film screenings via the Unchosen organization about children employed in the world’s textile industries. Continue reading

  • Serious About Art: Contemporary Textiles Weekend Course

    Adult Programme:
    Explore Cotton: Global Threads, with a contemporary textile artist and develop skills and creativity to make your own work of art.
    Booking essential for weekend courses. Continue reading

  • Creative Customising

    For children of all ages, their families and carers:
    Free artist-led workshop. Bring your old cotton t-shirt, top or bag and customise them so they become your favourite fashion items. Continue reading

  • Cotton Capers

    For children of all ages, their families and carers:
    Bring your family and try a variety of fun creative activities to re-use, re-cycle and up-cycle cotton into new and exciting things, from super hero costumes, to weaving and floor art. Continue reading

  • Saturday Crafternoon Tea

    Adult Programme:
    Monthly social art and craft workshops. Enjoy a cuppa whilst trying your hand at some new, unusual techniques in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Continue reading

  • Up-Cycling

    For children of all ages, their families and carers:
    Free artist-led workshop. Bring your whole family and enjoy a range of up-cycling activities turning old fabric into new exciting things to take home. Continue reading

  • Fabric Relief Printing

    For children of all ages, their families and carers:
    Bring your family to meet a print artist and enjoy experimenting with relief printing onto fabric and create your own artworks to take home. Free Artist-led workshop. Continue reading