New Lanark announces partnership with London’s Fashion and Textile Museum as Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol exhibition makes its debut in Scotland
New Lanark World Heritage Site, Scotland – New Lanark World Heritage Site is delighted to announce it will be hosting London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s international travelling exhibition ARTIST TEXTILES - Picasso to Warhol from 26 January – 29 April 2018 in its NEW exhibition gallery. This touring display from the Fashion and Textile Museum, London traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.
ARTIST TEXTILES - Picasso to Warhol has toured internationally since 2014, visiting London, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA, making its return to the UK in 2018 at New Lanark World Heritage Site.
Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before, including some of iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes personal collection.
Curator Dennis Nothdruft from the Fashion and Textile Museum, who developed the exhibition, said “This exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art. Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.”
Behind the scenes, the stunning scenery and breath-taking views at New Lanark World Heritage Site offer a tremendous backdrop for the exhibition. A former 18th century cotton spinning mill village, founded by David Dale and Richard Arkwright in 1785, its history transports visitors back to the height of the cotton spinning industry.
Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Trust’s Events & Exhibitions Officer, who is working with the team from London to coordinate the exhibition, commented “We hope that this exhibition will allow visitors to learn more about the resurgence of the textile sector. We will be holding Printmaking workshops and will be launching a ‘textile design competition’ to engage and develop design skills within the community in due course.”
Located on the banks of the Falls of Clyde just under 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, New Lanark gained international fame under the enlightened management of Robert Owen and was a successful spinning centre until its closure in 1968. New Lanark village is now owned and operated by New Lanark Trust, a registered Scottish Charity (SC008552) who, since 1974, have been restoring and revitalising the village as a living and working community. Today, New Lanark is recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal value’ and welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually to the site.
Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust Chief Executive, commented “we are very proud that ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol will make its Scottish debut at New Lanark in 2018, officially launching New Lanark’s brand new Temporary Exhibition Gallery. This bespoke exhibition space will be housed within one of New Lanark’s 18th century cotton mill buildings which is also home to New Lanark’s woollen yarn production. We hope that hosting ARTIST TEXTILES will begin a flourishing relationship with the Fashion & Textile Museum, giving visitors to New Lanark and the local community a chance to see some truly fantastic designs on their doorstep.”
Visitors to ARTIST TEXTILES will have a unique opportunity to see over 200 rare pieces from internationally renowned artists whilst also enjoying a day out to one of Scotland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and textile production powerhouses of the Industrial Revolution. The history of New Lanark can be discovered through the award-winning Visitor Attraction and programme of Daily Guided Tours. Delicious meals are served in the Mill One Restaurant and family friendly dining is available in the welcoming Mill Café. The New Lanark Mill Shop sells a range of stunning gifts, clothing, homeware and Scottish produce. Taking centre stage in the Mill Shop is the New Lanark Wool & Textiles range which includes woollen yarns spun on the historic machinery and a range of unique textile products such as kilts and scarves, all created in the UK using New Lanark Wool. The village’s beautiful scenery, including the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, will allow visitors to drift back in time and imagine New Lanark in its cotton-spinning heyday.
If visiting from afar, visitors can enjoy an overnight stay at the New Lanark Mill Hotel, self-catering Waterhouses or Wee Row Hostel.
London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s international travelling ARTIST TEXTILES - Picasso to Warhol
26 January – 29 April 2018
Press and photographers are invited to the Launch Evening which will take place on 25 January 2018 from 6pm – 7.30pm. Please RSVP by the 5th January 2018.
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The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion, as well as providing inspiration, support and training for those working in the industry. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, the museum is part of Newham College London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges. The Fashion and Textile Museum offers an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, alongside an array of talks, events and workshops with industry professionals. Recent exhibitions at the Museum have included ‘Liberty in Fashion’, ‘Josef Frank Patterns – Furniture - Painting’, ‘1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs’ and ‘Missoni Art Colour’