Exhibition: Four Corners of One Cloth – Textiles from the Islamic World



Exhibition dates: 23 June 2018 – 2019

From Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Yemen – the four corners of the Ka’bah – textiles from the Whitworth collection will be brought together, extending to the widest reaches of influence of the Islamic world.

A section of a Kiswa will form the heart of the exhibition. The Kiswa cloth covers the Ka’bah and is replaced each year during Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). Positioned in the direction of Mecca, it will be seen from the very front of the Whitworth, drawing visitors in.

Burnished indigo, silk embroidered robes, tent hangings and Dervish hats stitched with script will surround the Kiswa. From Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Yemen – the four corners of the Ka’bah –textiles from the Whitworth’s collection will be brought together, extending to the widest reaches of influence of the Islamic world.

For more information visit the website of the Whitworth, University of Manchester, UK


Exhibition: Lucienne Day – A Sense of Growth

Exhibition dates: 14 April – 16 July 2017

Best known for her textiles, Lucienne Day (1917–2010) is recognised as a virtuoso pattern designer and colourist. Lucienne Day was also an enthusiastic gardener, and plant forms inspired many of her textile designs. This exhibition was opened as part of the nationwide Lucienne Day centenary celebrations.

The show is part of the Whitworth’s GROW project that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural activities to improve mental wellbeing. Groups and individuals within the local community who are experiencing social isolation or dealing with issues around mental health will work with Paula Day from the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation to select works to display from the Whitworth’s extensive archive of Lucienne Day designs.

For more information, visit the website of the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK.

Event: The Textile Society’s Antique and Vintage Textile Fair, Manchester


Event date: 30 April 2017, 10am  4:30pm

The Textile Society’s perennial spring fair is a firm favourite for enthusiasts interested in buying antique and vintage costumes and textiles to collect, wear or discover. The selection is vast, with 130 stands selling oriental and eastern European costumes and textiles; English costumes and textiles, fans, lace and linens as well as plenty of vintage clothes & textiles.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Manchester Antique Textile Fair – a fantastic achievement which the Textile Society hopes you’ll join them to celebrate.

All profits from ticket sales support The Textile Society’s museum awards, student and professional bursaries.

General entry from 10am; £6 / Concession £4

For more information, and to buy your ticket online, visit the Eventbrite page.

Event: Silk Textiles with Frances Pritchard at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

MEDATS - Silk Textiles with Frances Pritchard

Event date: Saturday 9 April 2016, 2pm

Frances Pritchard, curator of textiles, will introduce a limited number of participants to the collection of historic silk textiles belonging to the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The event will take place in the Studio and will last an hour and half. Meet in the foyer of the Whitworth Art Gallery no later than 1.55pm.

Please note that this is a MEDATS (Medieval Dress and Textiles Society) event, but it is open to non-members. The cost is £5 per person for members and £8 for non-members.
To reserve a place please pay online via Paypal at www.medats.org.uk. (N.B. if you are interested in attending this event, I would advise reserving a place promptly, as the cut-off date for sending cheques by post was 1 March 2016.)

Allocation will be on a first come, first served, basis, but in the event of large numbers it may be possible to arrange a second tour of the silks at 3.30pm. Participants are asked to please bring their own magnifiers.

For more information, please visit the MEDATS (Medieval Dress and Textiles Society) website.