Exhibition: Interwoven Histories, 10 October 2017 - 1 April 2018


Interwoven Histories makes visible stories and experiences particular to migrant workers in Leeds and their contribution to industry and culture. Referencing the city’s expansive textile and clothing industry and history, the exhibition presents a collage of material to explore the work, lives and representations of migrants (past, present and future).

Part of a three-year Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded project curated by Pavilion, the exhibition is the result of ongoing archival research and conversations with people from across the city. Supported by Leeds Industrial Museum, Interwoven Histories runs from Tuesday 10 October to Sunday 1 April 2018.

Interwoven Histories expands narratives around migration and looks at the issues of race, equality and citizenship that inevitably follow. The project addresses a period of time where the initial encouragement of migrant labour into the Britain to reinvigorate the postwar economy, turned into an atmosphere of political and social hostility towards mass immigration.

Interwoven Histories includes archive photographs, testimonies, independent publications (Chapeltown News, The Other Paper and Leeds Other Paper), and new artworks by the Women’s Group at Meeting Point Leeds, alongside films depicting local industrial life by New Zealand artist Darcy Lange (1946–2005) and rare photographs of Leeds Market during 1960s by Timothy Neat (b.1943).

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  • Exhibition: Interwoven Histories, 10 October 2017 - 1 April 2018
    Colour photograph depicting Ernest Tempest, former owner of Armley Mills and the firm of Bentley & Tempest (centre) and employees ‘Wally’ Gorbun (right) and 'Derek’ (surname unknown) c1960s-1970s. Courtesy of Irena Gorbun and Leeds Museums and Galleries.