Galleries & Museums

From the UK’s leading university museum, to contemporary art and end of year degree shows in purpose-built gallery spaces; Oxford Road Corridor provides a diverse programme for all cultural enthusiasts.

Both the Whitworth and Manchester Museum are part of the University of Manchester. With over six million items from across the world, spanning over four floors of displays and exhibitions in 15 galleries, the museum is an extraordinary space with a vast collection dating back as far as the early 1800’s. South of the museum and transformed by a £15 million development is the Whitworth, the first English gallery in a park, providing contemporary exhibition programmes that have gained global attention. 

At the opposite end of the Oxford Road Corridor, presenting the most diverse, contemporary and challenging visual art in the region is HOME Manchester, who have specialisms in artist film, performance and participation. 

The Holden Gallery is situated at the centre of Manchester School of Art, and housed in the original building which was built in 1880. They explore thematic ideas through the work of key established and mid-career artists with a programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art.

On the fringe of the Corridor boundary is Castlefield Gallery. Established by artists in 1984, the arrival of the gallery in the city was to become an important catalyst for rapid cultural growth and an increased presence of visual artists in the city. Supporting artistic and career development for artists is a key driver for the gallery, as well as enabling audiences to fully connect with contemporary art.

Current and upcoming exhibitions

Until Feb 2022 Jocelyn McGregor: Mantle
Castlefield Gallery | 16 January – 20 February 2022

The first major solo exhibition of work by Jocelyn McGregor, Mantle at Castlefield Gallery involves sculpture, installation and animation.

Until Mar 2022 Parham Ghalamdar: A Fine Kettle of Fish
HOME | 14 January – 13 March 2022

Parham Ghalamdar: A Fine Kettle of Fish is a brand new series of site-specific paintings that interrogates the relationship between chaos and order, presence and absence, life and death.

Until Mar 2022 Manchester Open Exhibition 2022
HOME | 24 January – 27 March 2022

HOME’s award-winning Manchester Open exhibition is back, featuring over 400 artworks, the biennial open exhibition is dedicated to celebrating the creative talents of Greater Manchester residents.

Until Apr 2022 Suzanne Lacy: What kind of city?
The Whitworth | 26 November 2021 – 10 April 2022

The Whitworth presents the first major UK presentation of multiple works of US artist Suzanne Lacy, a pioneer of social practice and community organising for almost five decades.

Mar 2022 Quartet – Media
The Holden Gallery | 3 – 16 March 2022

This second exhibition Quartet – Media will open from March 3 to 16 at the Holden Gallery presents the work of graduates from media courses.

Until Apr 2022 Archives at Play
Castlefield Gallery | 6 March – 24 April 2022

Archives at Play is a new exhibition at Castlefield Gallery exploring our relationship with the past, and how this informs the way we make the future.

Until Apr 2022 Quartet – Architecture
The Holden Gallery | 28 March – 10 April 2022

Graduates from Manchester School of Architecture showcase their work in Quartet – Architecture at the Holden Gallery

Until May 2022 Quartet – Design
The Holden Gallery | 25 April – 8 May 2022

This final exhibition Quartet – Design will open from April 25 to May 8 at The Holden Gallery and showcase work by graduates from the Department of Design.

Until Apr 2022 A Love Affair with Cranford
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House | 19 May 2021 – 24 April 2022

LAST CHANCE. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has a new exhibition about one of Elizabeth’s best-known collection of stories – Cranford.

Until Aug 2025 At Home with the Pankhurst Family
The Pankhurst Centre | 29 August 2021 – 31 August 2025

The transformation of the Pankhurst Centre exhibition space is incredible thanks to its new permanent exhibition, At Home with the Pankhurst Family.

Until Sep 2022 Still Parents Life after Baby Loss
The Whitworth | 24 September 2021 – 4 September 2022

Still Parents is the first exhibition of its kind, creating a platform to share personal stories open conversations and break the wall of silence that continues to surround baby loss.

Museums & Galleries