Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery
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Manchester Art Gallery is one of the country’s finest art museums. We mix works from our wonderful historic collections with the best international contemporary art to bring fresh perspectives to familiar images, create visual dialogues and encourage conversation and debate. We welcome over half a million visitors each year to our home in the heart of the city, a blend of historic and contemporary architecture that echoes our innovative artistic programme. Through our exhibitions and events, we offer extraordinary encounters with brilliant art.

Explore our collections of fine art, spanning six centuries and including many major modern and contemporary pieces. We are famous for 19th century British paintings, particularly our outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite works. Our decorative arts collections showcase the artistry, tastes and techniques of every era and culture, from ancient civilizations to today’s designer makers. Our collections of ceramics, silver, glass, furniture and costume are especially fine. We constantly renew and update our collections displays so you should discover something new every time you visit.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm, including bank holiday Mondays
Late night opening on Thursday until 9pm

Admission charges

Free

Part of a Designated Collection of Fine and Decorative Art, which you can also see at Wythenshawe Hall and Heaton Hall, is on display here. Please contact Manchester Art Gallery for more information if you wish to see a specific item.

Manchester Art Gallery is renowned for its collections of fine and decorative art, including internationally famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings and significant holdings of English ceramics. The Art Gallery re-opened in 2002 after a £35 million expansion which doubled the amount of display space available.

Famous for its impressive collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the gallery houses works by Hunt, Rosetti, Madox Brown and Burne-Jones among others. However, all periods are covered, including what’s happening now.

Collection details

Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Manchester Art Gallery’s Urban Garden

  • 1 October 2015 — 1 October 2016 *on now

Following the success of The Lost Gardens of Manchester, we are keeping an urban garden at the Gallery. Both our visitors, and our bees who live on the Gallery’s roof, have enjoyed the green oasis in the city so much that we want the gardens to continue.

The National Trust, who designed and planted the original garden, are now working with us to hand over a legacy garden which will be maintained by gallery staff and volunteers, whilst we work on a permanent proposition with Manchester City Council and Historic England for the greening of the exterior of the gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/manchester-art-gallerys-urban-garden/

Schiaparelli and Thirties Fashion

  • 8 October 2015 — 9 October 2016 *on now

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) is celebrated for her creativity both as an artist and as a fashion designer. Her love of bold designs led Chanel to question her skills in fashion, calling her ‘that Italian artist who makes dresses’. This is not untrue as she had a flair for memorable ‘artistic’ clothes, which were popular with flamboyant clients – women such as Marlene Dietrich or Wallis Simpson (Duchess of Windsor). She is certainly one of the most celebrated fashion designers of the middle twentieth century, and one of the few outstanding women couturiers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/schiaparelli-and-thirties-fashion/

Modern Japanese Design

  • 4 December 2015 — 15 January 2017 *on now

Thirty two designers display over one hundred pieces in a dynamic display conveying the essence of the unique Japanese design ethos.

The Design Gallery will reopen on 4th December with a stunning display of modern Japanese design.

Drawn from Manchester’s own collections, the show provides an overview of the past fifty years of Japanese design. It highlights the breadth of Manchester’s collections, bringing together fashion, furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery.

The exhibition, located in the refurbished 19th century former Athenaeum theatre space, includes works from thirty two designers with over one hundred pieces on display. It shows how respect for nature and natural forces and the innovative use of materials and revolutionary techniques have influenced Japanese design. The display also reveals the importance of philosophical and spiritual ideas derived from Buddhism that have influenced the aesthetic and conceptual direction of Japanese design through the approaches of minimalism, deconstruction, and wabi sabi.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/modern-japanese-design/

Fashion & Freedom

  • 13 May — 27 November 2016 *on now

Fashion & Freedom is part of 14-18 NOW, a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Working in partnership with cultural organisations UK-wide, 14-18 NOW commissions new work by leading contemporary artists across the spectrum of the visual arts and design, theatre, film, dance, digital, music, poetry and mass-participation events, inspired by the period 1914-1918.

Alongside Fashion & Freedom, our 2016 season includes End of Empire by Yinka Shonibare MBE at Margate’s Turner Contemporary, David Lang’s UK-wide choral project, Memorial Ground, which premieres at the East Neuk Festival, Ciara Philips’ Every Woman – the fourth in our series of Dazzle Ships – and the UK tour of Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.fashionandfreedom.org

Boris Nzebo Urban Style

  • 24 June — 13 November 2016 *on now

Boris Nzebo explores urban life through elaborate hairstyles and vibrant city views. Urban Style, his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery, presents Nzebo’s large-scale stylised silhouettes of human heads overlaid onto architectural facades and interior spaces in multi-layered scenes. Using intense colours and striking compositions, Nzebo invites us to consider this urban aesthetic – how people can be defined by their hairstyles and express their identity in a city full of urban encounters.

Based in Cameroon, he draws his inspiration from the bright, hand-drawn advertising boards found in Central African beauty parlours, street culture and classic Pop Art aesthetics. The unstructured and animated city environment contrasts with the careful efforts of maintaining individualised and highly intricate hairstyles. Through his paintings Nzebo addresses the complex relationship between individuals and the urban spaces they inhabit.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/boris-nzebo-urban-style/

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

  • 24 June — 30 October 2016 *on now

Direct from the National Portrait Gallery, London, Vogue 100: A Century of Style is a major exhibition celebrating 100 years of cutting-edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue.

Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 24 June 2016–Sunday 30 October 2016

Free

Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being brought together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

Featuring iconic images of many of the faces that have shaped the cultural landscape of the twentieth century, from Henri Matisse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst
Marlene Dietrich to Gwyneth Paltrow
Lady Diana Cooper to Lady Diana Spencer
and Fred Astaire to David Beckham. Also featured in the exhibition are the fashion designers that defined the looks of the century, including Dior, Saint Laurent and McQueen.

The exhibition brings together vintage prints from the early twentieth century, ground-breaking photographs from renowned fashion shoots, unpublished work and original magazines. Images by leading twentieth-century photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn and Snowdon will feature alongside more recent work by David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts and Mario Testino.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/vogue100/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Mini Family Art Club

http://www.manchestergalleries.org/whats-on/events/index.php?itemID=611

Make friends. Make noise. Make a mess! Activities for children aged 5 and under. Come along on Fridays 10.30-11.30 with your little ones and spend some quality fun time in a safe environment. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

How to obtain

Activities are free and there is no need to book but places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Family Art Club

http://www.manchestergalleries.org/whats-on/events/index.php?itemID=606

Play games, be creative and get messy at Manchester Art Gallery's free family art club. Workshops are designed for you to play, create and enjoy as a family. Workshops are suitable for children aged 6-11 years and their families. The workshops run for two hours to give you the chance to relax and enjoy some quality creative time with your children.

How to obtain

Sessions are free and there's no need to book but places are limited so turn up early.

Family Art Club - Under 5s

http://www.manchestergalleries.org/whats-on/events/index.php?itemID=610

Make friends. Make noise. Make a mess! Activities for children aged 0-5 years from 13.00 to 15.00. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

How to obtain

Under 5s Family Art Club sessions are free but places are limited, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

KS2 Interactive: Ford Madox Brown's Work

http://www.manchestergalleries.org/ford-madox-brown/

This Flash online interactive uses the famous painting Work to bring Victorian social history to life. Characters come alive, a series of clues encourage children to investigate the painting closely, and a series of different objects are used to explore the different responses people have to objects and their meanings, encouraging pupils to empathise with different characters. The interactive ends with a quiz to assess what has been learnt, and there's also a handy teacher's guide.

Stepping Inside a 1910 painting with Tony Ross

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=646

Acclaimed children's author and illustrator Tony Ross responds to a 1910 painting called Old Cab at All Saints, Manchester by Adolphe Valette, producing a witty comment on the original. Good worksheets to help you try it yourself.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M2 3JL
England

Website

www.manchesterartgallery.org

Telephone

Information desk

0161 235 8888

Textphone

0161 235 8893

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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