Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester
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The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to some of the UK's finest collections of art and design.
Closed Good Fri, Christmas to New Year
The entire collection of this gallery is a Designated Collection of national importance.
The Whitworth Art Gallery's collections cover the areas of fine art, textiles and wallpapers. Both textiles and wallpapers are amongst the finest collections in the country, outside of London. The wallpaper ranges from 17th century to the present day, including several important French pieces. Amongst the highlights of the textile collection are the post-Pharonic Egyptian textiles which illustrate all of the main textile techniques in use from 300-1000AD. Arts and crafts design is well represented in both textiles and wallpapers, and the Gallery has near-comprehensive holdings of Morris & Co. textiles. The fine art collections are particularly strong in works on paper and include important works by JMW Turner and William Blake. The 20th century drawing is well represented as well as a number of Pop Art works and prints by British artists.
Fine Art, Costume and Textiles
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Alison Wilding: Deep Water
On show for the first time at the Whitworth, this important work from the Gallery's collection is made up of a steel column rising from a wide base which will transform the Gallery's sculpture court
- Any age
Between 1964 and 1968, the architect John Bickerdike created a space in the south of the Whitworth gallery building to display large, contemporary paintings. Now known as the South Gallery, the full-length windows flood the space with natural light and provide views onto the park. Reflecting this period of development, 'Construction' will showcase abstract works from the 1960s by innovative, inspirational British artists in the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery's collections
Continental Drift: Themes in European Art
Highlights include exquisitely detailed engravings and woodcuts from the Renaissance by Italian and Northern European artists such as Andrea Mantegna and Albrecht Duerer; drawings and prints by Pablo Picasso
Pavel Buechler: Idle Thoughts
Over the course of one year (2003), Manchester-based artist Pavel Buechler wrote a diary on just 12 pages, one heavily overwritten page for each month. These pages were published, and the next year Buechler kept another diary, writing over the entries in the first diary from the previous year, resulting in a second published diary before he repeated this process for a third time
Revolutionary Light: Blake / Turner / Kapoor
Prints and watercolours by William Blake, Anish Kapoor and JMW Turner explore light as a powerful, mysterious and celestial force
Wall to Wall: New Wallpaper Acquisitions
The Whitworth's collection of wallpapers and wall coverings, many by visual artists, is one of the most internationally significant in the UK. This intriguing exhibition marks the culmination of a major five-year programme of historic wallpaper acquisitions funded by the Heritage Lottery Funds Collecting Cultures scheme. It also marks 25 years of development of the Whitworth's collection of historic and modern wallpapers
Nikhil Chopra: Coal on Cotton
An exploration of Manchester's industrial and historical bonds with India, as part of Manchester International Festival. The artist has chosen the setting of the Whitworth Art Gallery's half-completed Landscape Gallery for his work, allowing visitors rare access to the site during construction
- Any age
Sessions are especially for under fives and their families or childminders during term time and for all ages during school holidays, taking place on Tuesdays 11.00-12.30. Bring your family and some food (if you fancy lunch) and meet an artist for fun creative activities. Don't worry if it is a terrible Tuesday and raining outside, we will have our picnic in the Gallery surrounded by sunny landscapes!
How to obtain
Arty Picnics are free and operate on a drop-in basis so there is no need to book. Contact email@example.com or 0161 2757450 for more details.
Join friends, family and artists for The Whitworth Gallery's popular Sunday drop-in creative workshops. There are new arty activities to take part in every week, from creating your own mini forest to Egyptian masks. Sessions are suitable for all ages and take place every Sunday 13.30-15.30.
How to obtain
Sessions are free and there is no need to book in advance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 2757450 for more details.