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Althea McNish: Colour is Mine

21 October 2022 – 23 April 2023

Althea McNish
Colour is Mine

The Whitworth is pleased to announce Althea McNish: Colour is Mine, the first major retrospective of Althea McNish (1924 – 2020).

McNish was the first Caribbean designer to achieve international recognition and one of the most influential and innovative textile designers in the UK. Drawing on extensive new research, this exhibition explores McNish’s extraordinary career and her transformative impact on mid-century design, along with her enduring influence today. Highlights 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.

Althea McNish: Colour is Mine is a touring exhibition from the William Morris Gallery, London, and has been curated by Rowan Bain, Principal Curator at the William Morris Gallery and Rose Sinclair, Lecturer in Design Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. Althea McNish: Colour Is Mine is part of a three-year research, exhibition and archiving project generously supported by the Society of Antiquaries through its Janet Arnold Award.

New event!

Althea McNish Colour is Mine: In Conversation
Thursday 20 April, 5-6pm
FREE, booking is essential
Please click this link for more information and to book your place.

Join us to hear more about the world of Althea McNish and her contemporaries. With Rose Sinclair, Winston Branch and Dominique Heyse-Moore.

21 October 2022 – 23 April 2023


Shop the Althea McNish Collection

The Whitworth Shop is now online – click here to discover our product collection inspired by the brand new exhibition at the Whitworth – Althea McNish: Colour is Mine.

Image: Althea McNish (1933-2020)
Althea McNish: Colour is Mine
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Exhibition poster design
Photo: Hodder/ANL/Shutterstock
Design: Mark El-khatib