About the Artist

Joan Charnley (1928 - 2016) was a textile designer, botanical artist and travel journal writer. Born in 1928 in Southport, Joan studied Textile Design at Manchester School of Art between 1948 and 1953 before becoming a tutor and artist in Great Yarmouth. In 1963 she moved to Saddleworth, Lancashire and began to paint local botanical studies. Joan had an 80th birthday retrospective at the Millyard Gallery in Saddleworth and in 2016 left her house and estate to the Weavers Factory. Her paintings are held in national, regional and private collections, with a number of her textile designs in the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Joan Charnley - Weavers Factory Exhibition

Joan Charnley - Cut Grass, Lavender, Chanel No.5
6th April - 28th April, 2019

The Waevers Factory inaugural exhibition ‘Joan Charnley - Cut Grass, Lavender & Chanel No.5’ explored the work of patron Joan Charnley and her life in Uppermill; despite having a detailed knowledge of flora and fauna she was only able to smell fresh cut grass, lavender and Chanel No.5. In this exhibition Weavers Factory curator Julian Bovis selected paintings and sketches from Joan’s travel archive, Dr John Hewitt explored a visual history of Uppermill, students from Manchester School of Art responded to the Great Exhibition of 1853, and students from Oldham College created new work inspired by Joan.