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Lunchtime lectures from the Friends of the Whitworth.

06 Oct 2008

'Anarchic knitter' Freddie Robins is one of the speakers.

The Friends are celebrating 75 years with a packed programme of events, including the following  series of lunchtime lectures:

Thursday 16 October
Professor Lesley Millar
Professor of Textile Culture, University College for the Creative Arts

Lesley will talk about her role as curator of the exhibition in bringing together new work by 35 artists from six countries - Japan, the UK, and the four Baltic States of Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

Wednesday, 22 October
Ann French
Conservator of Textiles, The Whitworth Art Gallery

Ann will talk about modern materials in contemporary textile art and give a guided tour of the exhibition.

Wednesday 5 November
Freddie Robins
Teacher of Textiles, Royal College of Art

Freddie, who likes to be described as an 'anarchic knitter', talks about work which deals with issues as opposed to fashion or function.

For more information on the three events, contact:

Tickets are £12 each. All lectures organised by the Friends are FREE to students.


The programme of the Friends in their 75th year is as packed as ever with visits to the University of Hull art collection, two Manchester libraries - the Portico and the John Rylands Library, galleries and museums in Holland, and many lectures and social events.

A highlight in the Friends' year is the Pilkington Lecture given this year by Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery. He will speak on 'Heroes and Heroines- Creating Icons for Britain Today.' The 40th Pilkington Lecture is on Thursday 27 November.

Booking is essential for the supper and lecture, but the lecture is as mentioned before FREE to students.