Alke Schmidt: Wonder and Dread


Currently running until Sunday, 4 November 2018

Tales from the global textile industry Wonder and Dread explores the politics and morality of the textile industry through time, and how this industry affects and connects people across continents. Based on a residency at Bradford Industrial Museum, Alke Schmidt situates local stories from Bradford's wool industry in a global context, linking its industrial heritage with the present and where our clothes are made now. Stories range from English wool weavers' violent campaign against imported Indian cottons in the early 18th century to work at a Bradford scouring plant today. The disastrous collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory building in Bangladesh in 2013 finds an uncanny echo in the collapse of Bradford's Newlands Mill in 1882. Elsewhere, Schmidt investigates the historic textile trade between England and Peru, inspired by a Salts Mill sample book from the Museum's collection. Each work incorporates a different fabric, chosen for its association with the story being told and combined with painting, stitch or print. Schmidt delibrately cultivates the tension between the works' thought-provoking subject matter and their attractive, even decorative, appearance - mirroring the contrast between the beauty of fashionable textiles and the misery often associated with their production. Wonder and Dread invites us to consider the contradictions and ambiguities of an industry that spans centuries and every part of the globe.

Opening Times / Details:

10:00 to 16:00

Opening Notes:

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 4pm

Closed Good Friday and Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Price notes:

Free entry

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Venue Details

Bradford Industrial Museum
Moorside Road


Signposted from Bradford Ring Road and Harrogate Road (A658). Bus 645 from Market Street or Hall Ings. All buses stop at Moorside Road. On the museum site there is free car parking and disabled car parking. For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit

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