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“Uncovering Carlisle’s Textile Revolution” is our project exploring Carlisle’s textile industry from the 1700’s, looking at how the major changes in technology and transportation made Carlisle into one of the country’s major textile towns.

The first phase of the project the groups researched the textiles industries of Cumbria. They then used their research to create artwork for two exhibitions, one in Carlisle Library and the other at Whitehaven Library.

Carlisle Library (still open)
24th Sept –  Jan 2020.

The artwork was created by members of Prism Arts’ Creative Arts and Conversations group for older people and stroke survivors, Prism Arts Studio Arts as well as students from Distington Community School and Upperby Primary School. These four groups have been inspired by the story of Carlisle’s Textile Industry from the 1700’s, how the changes in technology and transportation made Carlisle into one of the country’s major textile towns.

Whitehaven Library
18th Sept – 2nd October
The artwork was created by students from Distington Community School inspired by Whitehaven’s transport revolution from sail to rail and how it contributed to the growth of Carlisle’s textile industries during the Industrial Revolution.

The next phase of the programme will see the creation of a performance inspired by the research and artwork.

Organisations supporting the project include Linton Tweeds, Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Carlisle & Whitehaven Libraries and the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven.  All will be offering their time, knowledge and access to buildings and services.

Funder: The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Artform: Visual Art, Theatre 

Artists: Ali McCaw, Amanda Mudge, Katie Lock, Helen Walsh,

Participants: Prism Arts Studio Arts, Prism Arts Studio Workshop, Prism Arts Creative Arts and Conversations, Distington Community School and Upperby Primary School

Dates: 2018-2020

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