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ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

Exhibition Dates: 26th January - 29th April 2018.

Open 10am-5pm daily (Last entry 4.15pm)

"Extremely interesting, beautifully presented and informative."
"Fantastic day out. A beautiful location, art and nature in one incredible setting!"
"Really happy to see it all without having to travel to London."

Exhibition Information

This stunning exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles and vintage fashion garments with highlights including prints of work by Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

See over 200 rare, vintage pieces displayed in the UK, outwith London, for the first time. 

Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. 

The exhibition will also now include are four vintage, printed silk garments designed by Andy Warhol, all relatively new discoveries, with two of the pieces never having been exhibited before in the UK or internationally.

New Lanark are delighted that Artist Textiles will be the first exhibition to open the redeveloped Exhibition Gallery in 2018.

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol is a touring exhibition from the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.


Exhibition Tickets

Exhibition tickets can be booked online, or purchased at the Exhibition Gallery Reception Desk. 

Tickets do not include entry to the New Lanark Visitor Attraction. If you are a 'New Lanark Unlimited' card holder you can obtain £3 off individual tickets (Adult, Concession, Child 10-15) at our exhibition reception desk upon presentation of your card. 

  • Adult: £9.00
  • Child (10-15): £4.00
  • Concession (Senior & Student): £7.00
  • Child under 10: Free
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children 10-15): £22.00
  • Family (2 adults + 3 children 10-15): £22.00
  • Essential carers: Free (when accompanying an Adult, Child or Concession ticket)

Excellent Group Packages are available for public interest Groups and Educational Groups. Please contact us on 01555 661345 or to discuss your booking requirements. 

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Workshops & Activities

In conjunction with ARTIST TEXTILES, we are running a number of creative workshops and activities for a range of ages and abilities. Click on the images below for further details.

Screen printing workshop Magic Cloak Sensory & Song Sessions Family Textile Tasters with Jean Mellin


Itinerary Suggestions

We estimate that the average visit to Artist Textiles will take around 1 hour. Make the most of your visit to New Lanark with a few of these itinerary suggestions: 


Getting here

New Lanark is around an hour's drive from Glasgow (25 miles/40 kms) or Edinburgh (35 miles/56 Kms) and is well sign-posted from all major routes. The nearest train station is 'Lanark' which has a direct route from Glasgow Central Station. Please click here for more information on getting to New Lanark.


Exhibition Reviews

"New Lanark is a fitting venue for this touring show of textiles designed by artists. The cotton mills were founded in 1786 and further developed by the social reformer Robert Owen and became a model of enlightened thinking about the working conditions of adults and children. A floor of one of the main mill buildings, complete with original ceramic floor, has been given over to exhibition space. Large and flexible, it makes the ideal venue for this colourful, vibrant document of the world of textiles, fashion and art from 1910 to the mid-1970s. In the 1950s, the New York company Fuller Fabrics produced a line of prints in conjunction with Dufy, Picasso, Miró, Chagall and Léger. Nearer home, the Edinburgh Weavers studio worked with Victor Vasarely and Marino Marini. " Giles Sutherland for The Times, 2018

"This comprehensive and lively exhibition demonstrates the role artist-designed textiles have played in fashioning national and individual identities. By making artists’ textiles available on the mass market, ordinary people could engage with art on a more personal level and embrace the artistic and unconventional dimensions of their personality through dress. Acknowledging the power and influence of artists’ textiles in the days before social media leaves one with a new sense of the creative possibilities for engagement between artists and the public." Carey Gibbons for Apollo Magazine, 2014.

"This is a fascinating show, if only because it’s exciting to see so much beautiful work in one place. The exhibition captures a rare historical period when, on both sides of the Atlantic, the practical arts and fine art came together. Now that textiles are being mostly manufactured in Asia, that kind of symbiosis will not come again, at least not in the same way." Kathleen C.Stone for The Arts Fuse, 2015.

"A comprehensive survey of over-200 works on fabric by leading 20th-Century artists including Pablo Picasso Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol and Barbra Hepworth. In the 1910s, led by painter Wyndham Lewis and the artists of Bloomsbury’s Omega Workshops, artists begun to reconsider the distinction between fine and applied art. Raoul Dufy was the first 20th-century artist to become successfully involved in producing textile designs. After the war the movement to create ‘a masterpiece in every home’ flowered with the involvement of leading contemporary artists: John Piper, Salvador Dalí, Ben Nicholson and Steinberg. Eventually, these art textiles were turned into commercial clothing: a Joan Miró dress, a Salvador Dalí tie. By the 1960s, Picasso was allowing his pictures to be printed on almost any fabric, save upholstery. The sofa was a line he wouldn’t cross, as the curators note: ‘Picassos may be leaned against, not sat on.’" TimeOut London, 2014.


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