Textiles study visit in Manchester
There will be a textiles study visit to the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester on 14 April starting at 11 am.
Textiles have formed part of the Whitworth’s collection since the gallery opened in 1890. Objects in the collection date from the 3rd century AD to the present day and reflect the social function of textiles within many different world cultures.
The collection of world textiles was established at the Whitworth to serve as a source of inspiration to local designers and manufacturers. It continues to be used in this way by art and design students but is a resource available to everyone interested in textiles. The main focus of collecting today is on the 20th and 21st century furnishing textiles and contemporary art textiles.
The textiles study visit will be based around the four themes of the Whitworth’s permanent textile collection:
- Making Patterns with textiles
- Textile Journeys
- What do textiles say?
- Colour and cloth
Prior to the visit, you will be asked to select one theme to research in more detail. You will be sent a reading list for each of the four themes so that you can do some advance preparation before your visit. During the morning of the visit, after a briefing and an initial tour of the textile gallery, you will have the opportunity to explore the theme of your choice through the textiles on display in the gallery, associated supporting information packs available in the gallery, and access to the Whitworth’s online collection. There are also selected works by contemporary textile artists on view.
Over lunch, there will be the opportunity to share your observations and research with other OCA students.
The afternoon session will give you time to look more closely at the textiles on display and to make notes, and sketches in your log book and sketchbook for futureinspiration. You will also have an opportunity to view anew exhibition which opens at the Whitworth on 11th February, entitled: Cotton: Global Threads.
Although just about everyone on the planet wears an article of cotton each day, the story of cotton is far from every day. It spans centuries and continents, was the catalyst for some of the most important moments in modern history and exposes a multitude of ethical sins. A new exhibition,COTTON: Global Threads will tell this story, giving a global history of the production, consumption and trade in cotton.
To book your free place on the study visit please email OCA at email@example.com. There are only 15 places and its first come first serve, so book up now!
OCA Textiles Tutor