Cancer Tapestry Screening – New Lanark Mills

Poster graphic for a Cancer Tapestry exhibition at New Lanark Mills.

Cancer Tapestry Screening – New Lanark Mills

The New Lanark cotton mills were founded in 1786, taking advantage of the recently developed water-powered cotton spinning machinery invented by Richard Arkwright.


More than 2,000 people lived and/or worked in the village and while the mill continued to manufacture cotton for nearly 200 years its real legacy is ‘people’.


Robert Owen, who managed the Mills from 1800 to 1825, did a great deal to improve living and working conditions. New Lanark became famous as a model village, with no child labour, progressive education, and free medical care, among other benefits.


Today the importance of the mills is recognised through the designation of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (one of six in Scotland) with an estimated 400,000 visitors to the village each year. 


So what better place to host a week long Cancer Tapestry Exhibition – the longest so far – as well as a special screening of “A Good Thing To Do: Andrew Crummy’s Cancer Tapestry”, the accompanying documentary that charts the inception of the project and outlines some of the stories behind the stitches. There will also be stitching workshops and preliminary drawings and paintings of the tapestry’s artist and designer, Dr Andrew Crummy MBE, who will be in attendance on the weekend of 25 and 26 May.


We hope you’ll join us at this FREE exhibition and perhaps help this brand new project to grow by sharing your own cancer story and maybe add a stitch or two of your own to this historic artwork.

A little bit about the film: It was shot between April 2022 and February 2024. It launched in February 2024 in Edinburgh and has enjoyed further screenings at the V&A Design Museum Dundee as well as New Lanark Mills.

It was shot on an iPhone 12 Pro Max and edited on an iPad Pro. It’s currently in review for a number of film festivals across the world.

You can watch the film in full (30 minutes) here or watch the trailer (2 minutes) here.

No Comments

Post A Comment