Manchester’s Whitworth will host the first major exhibition about the Caribbean textile designer who transformed British design

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McNish was the first Caribbean designer to achieve international recognition and one of the UK’s most influential and innovative textile designers. Drawing on extensive and ongoing research, this exhibition explores McNish’s extraordinary career and his transformative impact on mid-century design, as well as his lasting influence today.

“Everything I’ve done, I’ve seen through a tropical eye.”

“The flowers of the English countryside, I transform them into Caribbean flamboyance.”

“My design is functional yet free, you can wear it, sit on it, lie on it, stand on it.”

The exhibition in Manchester is an opportunity to reveal the unparalleled collection of Whitworth fabrics and wallpapers that McNish designed together for the first time, as well as previously unseen works from the McNish family archives.

This exhibition will also feature works by McNish’s friends and contemporaries including: fellow Trinidad Art Society member Sybil Atteck, tutors Edward Bawden and Eduardo Paolozzi alongside contemporary designers Barbara Brown and Shirley Craven, other members of the Caribbean Artists Movement Ronald Moody and Winston Branch and protege Leslee Wills, creating an exhibition of the best of post-war British design.

The exhibition is curated by Rowan Bain, Senior Curator at the William Morris Gallery and Rose Sinclair, Lecturer in Design Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. Althea McNish: Color Is Mine is part of a three-year research, exhibition and archival project generously supported by the Society of Antiquaries through its Janet Arnold Prize.

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Althea McNish – The Color is Mine

Dates: October 21, 2022 – April 23, 2023
Location: Whitworth
No cost

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