Whitworth Art Gallery

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Central Exhibition Gallery Cornelia Parker's exhibition The Whitworth
Cornelia Parker's Cold Dark Matter The Whitworth
Cornelia Parker's War RoomThe Whitworth
Cornelia Parker's War RoomThe Whitworth
Sarah Lucas's exhibition The Whitworth
The Whitworth re-development Architecture Images
The Whitworth re-development Architecture Images
Whitworth Interior

At last, the Whitworth re-opens.

Following a major refurbishment and extending throughout its existing gallery space and into Whitworth Park itself, this beautiful gallery re-opens at last with ten stunning new exhibitions to sit within it's newly restored or newly created spaces.

From Cornelia Parker's astonishing collection to Sarah Lucas and her cheeky 'Tits in Space', through to the sublime and moving beauty of gunpowder work from Cai Guo-Qiang, the opening shows are internationally significant.

But it's the space itself which impresses as much as the work within. With great sensitivty to history, nature and the surroundings, this new version of the Whitworth leaps way beyond its former position as a minor partner to the Manchester Art Gallery.

It is now truly world class.

By: Rob Martin


Venue name: Whitworth Art Gallery
Address: Oxford Road
M15 6ER
Opening hours: 10am-5pm, open until 9pm Thu
Transport: Rail: Oxford Road
Price: Free
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  • Textiles Until Sunday June 3 2018
  • Drawing and illustration Until Sunday April 15 2018
  • Painting Until Saturday June 16 2018
  • Mixed media Until Friday June 1 2018
  • Installation Until Sunday February 25 2018
  • Painting Until Sunday April 15 2018
  • Digital and interactive Until Thursday March 1 2018
  • Literary events Thursday February 22 2018
  • Latin and world Thursday February 22 2018
  • Music venues Sunday March 18 2018
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The Whitworth Art Gallery is a fantastic space and a real asset to Manchester's art scene. Completely free to visit, Museum of the year and accommodating to young and old it's an absolute must-visit if you life in Manchester. It's in a beautiful building right next to Whitworth Park which gives it a different feel to other art galleries that struggle in the buildings they've been housed in.

At the Whitworth you'll find genuine thought provoking pieces that will allow you to think about the city and the world around you through art and is well worth a visit. For those that aren't as taken with art galleries and need some persuasion it may seem a little sparse as it's such a huge space, but for the low, low price of £0 it's worth deciding that for yourself. 


Go here to see great artwork and enjoy an array of provoking interactive exhibitions. Revel in the glass paneled rear wings, which extend out into the sumptous green Whitworth park, bathing the gallery in Manchester's groggy light and bringing you closer to nature while you browse acrylic paintings of purply Miami house interiors or black and white sketches of crooked human beings. 

Right by the University of Manchester student union. Walking around here is a great alternative to pinting in the SU bar or The Oxford, or chowing down on  bread piled with melty bovine breast cheese and arterial clumps of animal body sold by Dominoes, which is what at least 80% of the student body do each day.