Whitworth Art Gallery closes in style with Jeremy Deller, bands and horses

By Culture24 Reporter | 01 September 2013

Art, music, family events and performances in the neighbouring park the gallery is about to be connected to saw off Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery this weekend, with fans and organisers bidding farewell to the venue for almost a year.

A photo of a man playing a trumpet against red lights
Acid Brass perform at the Whitworth Art Gallery© Chris Foster Photography
One of Manchester’s most loved galleries, the Whitworth’s doors will close until next summer for a £15 million redevelopment. On Sunday, though, the gallery remained open until after midnight, with artists Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson marking the end of a send-off weekend with a specially-commissioned work, Six White Horses.

A brass band, Acid Brass, filled the venue with music at a celebratory event, After Hours, which featured a collaboration between artist Jeremy Deller and Stockport’s Fairey Band on Friday.

Manchester’s Band on the Wall continued the musical theme on Saturday, accompanied by spoken word and film, a participatory creation of Jacob Epstein’s Genesis and a fire and light display on the front of the building.

The University of Manchester and Heritage Lottery Fund-backed plans will double the space of the Whitworth and allow wide-ranging improvements to its visitor facilities.

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