Panel Discussion: How Should We Collect Textiles?

Dr Jennifer Harris, former Deputy Director and curator of textiles at the Whitworth, asks what the benefits and pitfalls are of developing contemporary textiles.

About this Event

This panel discussion will address issues related to developing public collections of contemporary textiles, including the pros and cons of commissioning new work that responds to existing collections. It will be chaired by Dr Jennifer Harris, who led on the development of the collection of art textiles at The Whitworth, in discussion with artists Michael Brennand-Wood and Caroline Bartlett, both of whom have work in the show and wide experience of working with major public collections.

Important events details:

Please note that the building will be closed to the public from our usual closing time, 4.30pm, until 6pm whilst we set-up this event.

This event has been programmed as part of a series to accompany the exhibition UNBOUND: Visionary Women Collecting Textiles. For more public events, please click here.

Accessibility: There is a short flight of stone steps leading up to our entrance. Wheelchair access to the building can be gained via a stair climber. Visitors will need to transfer from their wheelchair into the stair climber wheelchair. Please note that the stair climber cannot be used in wet or icy weather conditions.

Please call us on 0207 836 3715 before visiting, to discuss your requirements.

Once inside the building, a lift provides access to all floors, and we have an adapted toilet on the ground floor.

Assistance animals are welcome, and we are happy to provide water on request.

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Image credit (c) Caroline Bartlett, detail ‘Conversation Pieces’

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