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Althea McNish
Design

John Weiss
History
Design


NEWS

TROPIQUE

VANDA

Jungle Legend

CALYPSO

TROPIQUE
   Ascher,
   1957

VANDA
   Fedi Cheti,
   1986

JUNGLE LEGEND
   Cavendish
   Textiles,
   1960s

CALYPSO
   Edinburgh
   Weavers,
   1960s








SCROLL CROWN
   detail,
   2008

SCROLL FINIALS
   detail,
   2009

EARRINGS
   silver, ivory,
   coral &c,
   2008

'American Settlers'
   Trinidad map,
   1850s
Publications
*available from Althea McNish and John Weiss
Building Britannia: Life Experience With Britain* (New Beacon Books and George Padmore Institute): includes a chapter on Althea McNish.
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957-1980* (Lesley Jackson): includes work by Althea McNish.
The Merikens: Free Black American Settlers in Trinidad 1815-16* available again (2002 edition reprinted with supplements).


Althea McNish design timeline 2006-15

2015
• May-Aug 2015, Islington Museum, London: printed textile Golden Harvest by Althea McNish was included in the exhibition 'Dream to change the world: The Life and Legacy of John LaRose'.
• 30 April 2015, Stuart Hall Library, INIVA, Rivington Place EC2A 3BA: "Dr. Althea McNish in conversation with John Weiss", Clothes, Cloth & Culture Group of INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts).

2014
• June: at the Private View of the work of new MA graduates in Textiles at the Royal College of Art, Ji-Hee Park received the Althea McNish Colour Prize.

2013
• June: at the Private View of the work of new MA graduates in Textiles at the Royal College of Art, Kezia Reganreceived the Althea McNish Colour Prize and Georgia Xanthe Dorey received the Pollie Weiss Colour Prize.

2012
• 13 November: Althea McNish gave an illustrated presentation in conversation with John Weiss, "My World of Colour", to the Soroptimist Club of Central and South West London.
• 8 September: Althea McNish was presented with an award for Achievement in the Arts by H.E. Garvin Nicholas, High Commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, as part of the celebration of the republic's 50th Anniversary of Independence, at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.
• May 2012, Fashion and Textile Museum, London: Althea McNish and John Weiss took part in the Designing Women Post-war British Textiles Study Day.
• March-June, Fashion and Textile Museum, London: exhibition Portraits: Women Designers from the University of Brighton Design Archives.

2011
• Aug-Sep, Royal College of Art, London: exhibited in RCA Black, an exhibition arranged by the RCA and the African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD), celebrating 60 years of African and African Caribbean talent from the Royal College of Art. Printed textiles from early in Althea's career: GOLDEN HARVEST (c1957, Tofos Fabrics, later Hull Traders), POMEGRANATE (1960, Hull Traders) and FRESCO (c1961, Cavendish Textiles).
• June, Royal College of Art, London: Jonna Saarinen, MA(RCA), received the Althea McNish prize for the use of colour in textiles.
work illustrated in Scarves by Nicky Albrechtsen and Fola Solanke (Thames and Hudson).
• January-March, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston: work included in the exhibition Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Post-War Fabrics and Furniture curated by Lesley Jackson.

2010
• 20 October, King’s Lynn Arts Centre: took part in Hull Traders Symposium including a session in conversation with John Weiss (in connection with Black History Month).
• Sep-Oct, King’s Lynn Arts Centre: work included in exhibition Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Post-War Fabrics and Furniture curated by Lesley Jackson.
• September, contributed pieces to Branching Out, a fund-raising project for The Arboretum Trust, Kew at Castle Howard by the Liveries Wood Group.
• June, Royal College of Art, London: Emma Bradbury and Mary Penny received the Althea McNish Colour Prize, first awarded in 2002, and Jrumchai Singalavanij received the new Pollie Weiss Colour Prize, awarded in memory of the late Pollie Weiss (1909-2007).
• 8 May, at Goldsmiths College, London: gave an illustrated talk on her work as a textile designer in Britain at the Annual General Meeting of CACOEU, Caribbean Communities in Europe.
• March-May, Bankfield Museum, Halifax: work by Althea McNish in the exhibition Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Post-War Fabrics and Furniture curated by Lesley Jackson.

2009
Work for Hull Traders featured in exhibition and book by Lesley Jackson, curator and author: Shirley Craven and Hull Traders: Revolutionary Post-War Fabrics and Furniture (Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; and ACC Editions).
Work illustrated in L iberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties by Anna Buruma (ACC Editions.
• 21 October, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull: "The designs of Althea McNish", talk by Lara Goodband, project curator for Hull Traders, "Trinidadian-born Althea McNish - Britain’s first and most distinguished black textile designer - created eight patterns for Hull Traders. This talk examines the vital contribution of her painterly florals to this innovative textile company." (part of the City of Hull’s celebrations for Black History Month).

2007-8
Work and career described in 'A Dash of Colour' by Angela Cobbinah in Black History, vol 2, no 1, Summer 2008, p5.
Printed textiles formed part of the exhibition Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery at the Whitworth Art Gallery.
Work illustrated in Silk by Mary Schoeser and others (Yale UP).
Work illustrated in Twentieth Century Pattern Design by Lesley Jackson (Princeton Architectural Press).

2006
• November: awarded degree of Honorary Doctor of Fine Art by the University of Trinidad and Tobago, with oration by Pat Bishop.


John Weiss design timeline 2006-15

2015
• Nov-Dec 2015, Barbican Centre, London: John Weiss exhibited in the winter exhibition of the Designer Jewellers Group.
• July-Nov 2015, exhibited in Manifest, touring exhibition of the Designer Jewellers Group: 16 July-16 Aug, The Gallery at Waterperry, Waterperry Gardens Ltd, Waterperry, nr Wheatley, Oxford; 20 Aug-30 Sep, New Ashgate Gallery, Wagon Yard, Farnham, Surrey; 21 Oct-28 Nov, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds.
• May-June 2015, Barbican Centre, London: exhibited in the summer exhibition of the Designer Jewellers Group.
• January 2015: exhibited in Designer Crafts at the Mall 2015, the annual exhibition of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Anum Khan received the Pollie Weiss Colour Prize for a new Licentiate.

2010-14
• 2010-14 exhibited with the Designer Jewellers Group at the Barbican Centre and with the Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries, London.
• 2010 Contributed pieces to Branching Out , a fund-raising project for The Arboretum Trust, Kew at Castle Howard by the Liveries Wood Group.

2009
Exhibited with the Designer Jewellers Group at the Barbican Centre, London, at the Chichester Festival Theatre and at the RWA Gallery, Bristol.
A Crown for the Tree of Life, a talk at the Spiro Ark, London, on recent work for the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation, with a review of the historical background of synagogue scroll ornaments (part of the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage).
Commission for a scroll crown in silver for the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation.

2008
Commission for a pair of scroll finials in silver for the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation.
Exhibited with the Designer Jewellers Group at the Barbican Centre.

2006-7
Exhibited with the Designer Jewellers Group at the Barbican Centre.


John Weiss history timeline 2006-15

• July 2015, The Drum Intercultural Arts Centre, Birmingham: "Free on board: Cockburn, Blackstone and Forbes", paper presented as part of the panel "Struggle and Resistance" in the 39th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies, 1-3 July 2015.

2012
• July, London: "Cochrane and his Proclamation: liberator or scaremonger?": paper presented at the conference The War of 1812: Myth and Memory, History and Historiography: Institute for the Study of the Americas (London University), Canterbury Christ Church University and National Maritime Museum.
• June, Bermuda: "Averse to any kind of controul: American refugees from slavery in the workforce for the building of the new Royal Naval Dockyard", paper presented at the conference Bermuda Dockyard and the War of 1812: Naval Dockyards Society and National Museum of Bermuda.

2011
• October, USA and Canada, first public screening and PBS broadcasting of The War of 1812, a documentary on the War of 1812, co-production of WNED-Buffalo/Toronto, WETA, Washington, DC and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc., including an interview with John Weiss

2008
Participated as interviewee and expert in the making of the film The War of 1812: see October 2011
Research by John Weiss on The Merikens described in 'The Great Escape' by Korkoh Duah, in Black History, vol 2, no 2, Autumn 2008, pp6-7.
• 'Taking their freedom by way of the Royal Navy in the War of 1812', a paper given at the 5th International Congress of Maritime History, Greenwich Maritime Institute, UK.
• 'The early workforce of the Royal Naval Dockyard at Bermuda: African Americans in transit from slavery to freedom', paper given at the conference War, Empire and Slavery, University of York, UK.

2007
• 'Sir Alexander Cochrane's first Corps of Colonial Marines: Marie-Galante 1808', US Naval Academy, paper given at the Naval History Symposium, Annapolis, USA.
• 'Apprenticeship in the 1807 Slave Trade Act: a novelty and its development', paper given at the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Warwick University, UK.
• 'Sir Alexander Cochrane's Trinidad Apprentices: an early application of the Slave Trade Act', paper given to the UK Society for Caribbean Studies, London Metropolitan University, UK.

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