“The William Morris Gallery is pleased to announce Althea McNish: Colour is Mine, the first major retrospective of Althea McNish (1924 – 2020). McNish was one of the UK’s most influential and innovative textile designers and the first designer of Caribbean descent to achieve international recognition. Drawing on extensive new research, the exhibition will explore McNish’s extraordinary career and her transformative impact on mid-century design, along with her enduring influence today. Highlights will include items from McNish’s recently uncovered personal archive – much of which has never been seen before. Also on display will be examples of McNish’s original designs alongside her most celebrated textile and wallpapers.”
The exhibition is being curated by Rowan Bain, Principal Curator at the William Morris Gallery and Rose Sinclair, Lecturer in Design Education at Goldsmiths, University of London.
In time for the holidays, Captain Swing returns from past worker uprisings in a consciousness-raising custom for the age of A.I. Capitalism. A folk opera, based on worker testimonies and interviews with union organisers, written and produced collectively by Post Workers Theatre and Infinite Opera, with costumes from James Frost and Lottie Wood.
The full film is available to watch online until January 10th (Plough Monday):
Rose Sinclair describes for The Museum of the Home the history of textile making by black women in the Caribbean in the early 1900s and its role in community building, in this video filmed for The Museum of the Home as part of their Windrush Day 2021 programme:
“Join us as we consider how we overcome the barriers, thresholds, gatekeepers that reduce equity of access – how can art educators and the cultural sector work together to ensure equality of opportunity in art, craft and design education?”