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Whitworth Art Gallery

Art, Galleries Oxford Road
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Central Exhibition Gallery Cornelia Parker's exhibition The Whitworth
Photograph: David Levene
Cornelia Parker's Cold Dark Matter The Whitworth
Photographer David Levene
Cornelia Parker's War RoomThe Whitworth
Photographer David Levene
Cornelia Parker's War RoomThe Whitworth
Photographer David Levene
Sarah Lucas's exhibition The Whitworth
Photographer David Levene
The Whitworth re-development Architecture Images
Photography by Alan Williams
The Whitworth re-development Architecture Images
Photography by Alan Williams
Whitworth Interior
Photography by Alan Williams

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 March 1 2020
  • Sculpture Until Monday August 12 2019
  • Drawing and illustration Until Sunday August 4 2019
  • Drawing and illustration Until Sunday August 4 2019
  • Drawing and illustration Until Sunday August 4 2019
  • Drawing and illustration Until Sunday August 4 2019
  • Mixed media Until Monday September 23 2019

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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.