This exhibition showcases the work of staff and students from the BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course at the University of Bolton. The students and their tutors have used the museum’s historic textiles collection as the starting point for the creation of new work. The museum’s collections are a rich resource for understanding the town’s identity and experience of living in Bolton. For decades, Bolton’s identity was closely bound up with its position as one of the country’s leading textile producing towns. A huge number of local people were involved in some way in the spinning, weaving, bleaching and dyeing of cotton. The University of Bolton’s Textiles and Surface Design students follow in a long line of textile “workers” - machine operatives, pattern designers, production assistants and development managers. Though grounded in the history of their discipline, all are pushing the design and production of textiles in new and often surprising directions. Look out for details of linked workshops and events taking place in the gallery while the exhibition is on.
Thu 24 January to Sat 23 February, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 9am to 5pm, Wednesday - 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday - 10am to 4pm.