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Textile Print design competition

Textile Print design competition

We are delighted to announce the launch of a Textile Print competition to celebrate the opening of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol exhibition at New Lanark on the 26th January 2018.

Textile Print Competition

Textile production and innovation has been the continuous thread throughout New Lanark’s history, from the village’s early years as the one-time largest cotton manufacturer in Scotland, to now producing over 60 shades of high-quality woollen yarn using historic textile machinery and launching the world’s first Organic Tartan in 2015. Through an exciting new partnership, New Lanark will be hosting a prominent touring exhibition from the Fashion and Textile Museum in London in 2018. ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol traces the history of 20th century art in textiles with highlights including prints of work by Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

To celebrate the arrival of this exhibition and the village’s textile production history, New Lanark are launching a design competition to commission a special ‘New Lanark’ textile print, to incorporate into a new range of promotional merchandise which will be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop.

Aerial view of New Lanark

The textile print should be an all over repeat pattern that embodies the theme of ‘Living and Working at New Lanark’. This theme can incorporate a number of topics such as the village’s social history & industrial heritage, textile production, New Lanark’s unique architecture, natural surroundings and the Falls of Clyde. This is a non-exhaustive list and entrants are encouraged to be inspired by conducting their own research into New Lanark by visiting the village or viewing content at www.newlanark.org , www.instagram.com/NewLanark and www.facebook.com/NewLanark

The competition is open to everyone including the general public, design students and existing designers. In conjunction with the Year of Young People 2018, New Lanark would be particularly interested to see entries from aspiring designers and young creatives and as such have designated an ‘Under 16’ prize category.

Entries are encouraged to be as creative as possible, whilst keeping in mind the commercial viability of the design and its appeal to New Lanark visitors including international tourists, visitors from elsewhere in Scotland and the local community.

New Lanark will work with the overall winner to incorporate the winning pattern into a range of promotional textile items to be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop. The winner will also receive a Place on a specialist workshop (‘Couture Inside Out’ OR ‘Fashion Drawing’) at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London (Travel and accommodation NOT included), aswell as Remnant Kings fabric vouchers, a framed copy of print and  Complimentary passes to ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol exhibition and the New Lanark Visitor Attraction. There will also be an under 16 Winner and runner up prizes.

To enter click here >> www.newlanark.org

Entrants should submit their work, following the T&Cs, by emailing [email protected]

Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday 11th February 2018.

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

 

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09/01/18 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , ,

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

We are 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 our 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.

Picasso works image

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.

Zhandra Rhodes work

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.”

3 dresses on mannequins

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.

Aerial view of New Lanark

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.

Spinning Mule with green yarn

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.”

Click here to book tickets for ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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