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.
Exhibition dates: 17 March – December 2017
Barbara Brown was the golden girl of Heal’s Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s. Talent-spotted as a student, her designs for furnishing fabrics are some of the most striking and unusual ever produced in the twentieth century and won awards from the Council of Industrial Design. This is the first major solo exhibition of her work in the UK.
For more information, visit the website of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.
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.