Exhibitions 2012

The Cotton Exchange - Artist's Residency

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10 – 28 September

During September we will be hosting an Indian artists’ residency, featuring Shamji Vishram – an artisan/weaver, and LOkesh Ghai – a textile designer, both working in Gujarat, India.


The artists present their own work, plus new work by other Indian artists and artisans working in the cotton textiles and fashion industry.

A “pop up” studio will be in the Harris Café, featuring creative discussions, practical workshops and social events.

The exhibition moves to the Gallery of Costume at Platt Hall, Manchester, from 28 September – 19 October.

Don't miss these events:

Family workshop
Sat 22 Sept 10am-12.30pm.
A free family friendly activity that you can drop in to and take part in with your family and friends. Be inspired by the hand made embroidery, printing and weaving of our two artists in residence from Gujarat – Shamji and Lokesh.

Have a go at making your own print or weave to take home with you. Refreshments provided.
Free, all ages and abilities welcome.

Young Harris workshop with the Indian Artists.
Sat 22 Sept 1-4pm
Get to know our two artists in residence Lokesh and Shamji, hear their stories about their home and way of life in Ahmedabad, India along with trying-on hand-made textiles made by the artists.

Have a go at block printing with hand made wood blocks, hand weaving small “samples” to take away and generally experimenting and having fun!  Refreshments provided.
Free, just drop in. Ages 10-20 years old.

Thursday Late Night at Manchester Art Gallery:
Thurs 27 Sept, 5pm-9pm
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

Closing Party at Platt Hall Gallery of Costume, Manchester:
Wed 17 Oct, 5pm-8pm
Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rushome, Manchester M14 5LL

About the project
The Cotton Exchange is part of a series of international exchange visits between England and India – specifically Lancashire, Manchester and Ahmedabad in Gujurat. A team of young people and staff from 5 North West Museums and Art Galleries, including the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, have been working together since their recent visit to Gujurat this year.

The team followed the journey of cotton from field to mill, factory to boutique, and would like to share their findings with you through a series of inspirational and thought provoking activities and events.

Picture of LOkesh GhaiLOkesh Ghai (pictured), textile artist and Shamji Vishram, weaver, will both be at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery from Gujurat for a limited period of three weeks, to bring The Cotton Exchange project alive.


The Cotton Exchange is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World which is led by Arts Council England in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Website: storiesoftheworldnw.tumblr.com

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