Bodies of Colour: Breaking with Stereotypes in the Wallpaper Collection

3 May 2018 – 28 Apr 2019

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Everyday except Thursdays: 10am-5pm
Thursdays: 10am-9pm

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The Whitworth

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

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This latest exhibition uses the Whitworth’s extensive and significant wallpaper collection to focus on how imperial attitudes to people are reflected in wallpaper.


The wallpapers in this exhibition were designed in Western Europe (and a few in America) but inspiration for the patterns comes from across the globe. The popularity of wallpaper grew through the 18th to 20th centuries, at the same time as the rapid expansion of the British Empire; the collection spans these three centuries. The exhibition contains a mix of commercially available wallpapers as well as wallpapers made by artists.

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