Workshops and Events

Cottonopolis Collective – Litmus Workshop

Sunday 15th October


Queen Street Mill, Queen Street Mill, Harle Syke, Briercliffe, Burnley BB10 2HX

FREE drop in workshop

This is a relaxed, conversational drop-in session led by researchers and artists from the Cottonopolis Collective from the University of Manchester. Visitors will be invited to join the team and to add some of their own stitches to a collective piece – a length of cotton fabric woven at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more from the team about how the exhibition was created, the artistic and scientific techniques drawn on by the team, and the Cottonopolis research that underpins the work on display.

Across the day we will be stitching slowly together into the fabric with cotton threads that we have dyed as part of the LITMUS project using natural materials. No prior sewing experience is needed. We’d love to hear your reflections about exhibition, the research and the process of stitching into the materials.

The collectively stitched fabric piece will be on display in the entrance of Queen Street Mill throughout the Biennial, and visitors will have the opportunity to add stitches at any point during this period.