Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester re-opens with ten dazzling exhibitions

After closing for a major £15m refurbishment and extension, Whitworth brings us a feast of art for its re-opening

With artists such as Cornelia Parker, Peter Blake, Cai Guo-Qiang and Sarah Lucas lined up for the opening exhibitions when Whitworth opens its doors again on Sat Feb 14, we preview all ten of the shows which herald the new-look space and provide a taster of what's in store for the future of this much-loved Manchester art gallery.

Manchester's best art galleries

Whitworth Art Gallery

Following a major refurbishment and extending throughout its existing gallery space and into Whitworth Park itself, this beautiful gallery leaps way beyond its former position as a minor partner to the Manchester Art Gallery to become truly world class.

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Manchester Art Gallery

Slap bang in the middle of the city centre sits on oasis of calm in the grand shape of Manchester's main art gallery, housing its superb collection alongside temporary exhibitions.

Central Manchester

The Lowry

The Lowry is home to the largest collection of paintings and drawings by one of our greatest artists. Its gallery spaces present a changing collection of his work, and there's always work by other artists too, from Maggie Hambling to Spencer Tunick.

Salford Quays

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The newest venue in town includes a flecible gallery space to accommodate large scale major work and smaller projects.

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Gallery Oldham

One of the best things about his rather wonderful gallery is the way it combines an extensive art collection with those of social and natural history, working as gallery and museum and archive. 

Richard Goodall Gallery

Spread over two sites - High Street and Thomas Street – Richard Goodall Gallery offers contemporary exhibitions by new and established artists, as well as a gallery/shop where you can buy limited edition prints, music and movie posters, vinyl toys and figurines. 

Central Manchester

Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Close to Salford University and in the grounds of Peel Park lies Salford Museum & Art Gallery, which opened in 1850 as the very first 'unconditionally free' public library in the UK. Now, you can wander its rooms and marvel at the fantastic collection of artworks on display – it’s a real celebration of Victorian painting.


Artzu Gallery

Artzu is a commercial gallery in the city which specialises in contemporary work. It exhibits the work of several artists and the forms of painting, sculpture and photography are all represented. 

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Castlefield Gallery

Tucked away down a side street and easily missed, Castlefield Gallery is devoted to the development of emerging talent within contemporary art.

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