Last weekend we had a fantastic visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
Two thought provoking and very different exhibitions which are both running until the Spring time and well worth a visit.
As interior designers we spend a lot of time looking at wallpaper! Bodies of Colour explores how imperial attitudes to people are reflected in the designs of the papers on display, which are largely from Western Europe. The words and images chosen to describe our cultural identities are often contentious. Here are examples ranging back from when wallpaper first began to be popular in the 18th century – which give us a starting point to think about some difficult questions surrounding racism.
Thread Bearing Witness features three amazing large scale tapestry works by textile artist Alice Kettle. The project has been undertaken in collaboration with a group of refugees who tell their story through this powerful medium. The exhibition has given these refugees a voice by using their creativity and allows us to consider the global refugee crisis whilst enjoying the beautiful exhibits.
There is also an opportunity to attend Sunday workshops throughout the year to make a sewn leaf to contribute to the exhibition, which we definitely hope to return to!
Images from the Whitworth .. more info here ..