north west for 2012

Global Threads

Global Threads is part of the Cultural Olympiad’s Stories of the World - an innovative project that enables people of all backgrounds, from across the UK, to become 'curators' of the collections and objects held in museums, libraries and archives.

The exhibitions get young people working with curators, filmmakers, artists, writers and musicians to explore and reinterpret museum collections, giving a new perspective on the stories that tell us about our place in the world. Stories of the World features objects discovered in museum stores, important loans, special events, and collaboration with artists, musicians and performers. Themes include fashion, music, travel and immigration – all portrayed and described in original ways. There are around 1,500 young people involved and more than 50 museums across the UK. It is the biggest ever museum project, and provides a unique chance for the public to get involved and change the way they work for ever.

For Global Threads, Lancashire’s past, present and future is interwoven with links to Asia, the Caribbean and the American South through its cotton industry. This project takes a radical look at the international context of the region’s rich heritage of textiles and cotton mills. Throughout 2012, a series of innovative exhibitions, displays and projects will tell global stories and inspire artists and young people to create new work.

Highlights in the North West include:

COTTON: Global Threads

Bringing to life the global history of cotton through new work from contemporary artists and the textile collection.

11 February - 13 May 2012 Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun 2-4pm. Free

More Than Fashion

Young curators re-mix the18th and 19th century costume gallery, Age of Elegance, using digital media.

15 February - 19 May 2012 Gallery of Costume, Rusholme, Manchester. Open Weds-Sat, 1.30-4.30pm. Free

Global Threads: Asian Textiles and Fashion Today

Young curators mix historic South Asian textiles with today's catwalk, high street and student fashions.

Until 30 June 2012 Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston. Open Mon-Sat 10-5pm, except Tues 11-5pm. Free


Upcoming events

Global Threads: Cotton 1 3

Sat 11 Feb 2012 to Sun 13 May 2012 Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm at Whitworth Art Gallery

Global Threads: Asian Textiles & Fashion Today 2 1

Mon 27 Feb 2012 to Sat 30 Jun 2012 at Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Global Threads: More Than Fashion

Wed 15 Feb 2012 to Sat 19 May 2012 Open Wednesday to Saturday 1.30pm - 4.30pm at Platt Hall

Global Threads is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World, which presents exciting new museum exhibitions across the UK created by young people. The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is one of six museums in the North West taking a fresh and often radical look at the region’s rich textile heritage. The North West team includes:

• Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

• Bolton Museum & Archives Services

• Lancashire County Museums Service

• The Gallery of Costume, Manchester

• The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

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