Litmus: Environmental legacies of cotton

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LITMUS: Environmental Legacies of Cotton brought together a series of large-scale textile pieces by artist Natalie Linney with interdisciplinary research from the University of Manchester.

Led by Dr Laura Pottinger, Prof. Alison Browne and Natalie Linney in collaboration with the Cottonopolis Collective, the work drew on multiple meanings of a ‘litmus test’ – a universal, dye-based indicator of pH levels derived from lichen, and a social indicator proving success, impact or values. It explored how working collaboratively with cloth, colour and environmental materials might begin to unearth and unpick the local and global environmental consequences of the North West’s cotton industry.
Period29 Sept 202329 Oct 2023
Event typeExhibition
LocationBurnley , United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • colonial histories
  • histories of science
  • environmental science
  • interdisciplinary
  • arts-science collaborations
  • textile methods

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester
  • Sustainable Consumption Institute