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

exhibition 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.

exhibition Open House
The Whitworth | 26 November 2021 – 10 December 2022

Wallpapers began arriving at the Whitworth in 1967, this exhibition delves into the galley’s collection of around 10,000 examples.

exhibition Exchanges
The Whitworth | 19 February 2022 – 10 February 2023

Exchanges sets art and artist together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.

families Fairy Tales
Z-arts | 5 April 2022 – 26 February 2023

Fairy Tales is Z-arts latest exhibition, an interactive world of play and storytelling for children up to 8-years old and their grown-ups.

exhibition Rooms of Our Own
Manchester Central Library | 11 October 2022 – 3 January 2023

Rooms of Our Own is an exhibition at Central Library, part of a project to reveal the hidden ‘herstory’ of the Pankhurst Centre.

exhibition Slip.Stream.Slip Part 2
Modal Gallery | 13 October – 16 December 2022

Slip.Stream.Slip Part 2 looks at game engine culture and the shift toward gamification as a model for understanding our lived experiences.

exhibition Althea McNish: Colour is Mine
The Whitworth | 21 October 2022 – 23 April 2023

The Whitworth presents the first major retrospective of Althea McNish, one of the UK’s most influential and innovative textile designers and the first designer of Caribbean descent to achieve international recognition.

exhibition Brigitte Jurack: Fieldnotes
HOME | 29 October 2022 – 29 January 2023

Artist and climate activist Brigitte Jurack’s largest solo show to date, bringing together works produced in the UK, Spain and India.

exhibition Nina Chua and Daniel Silver
Castlefield Gallery | 30 October 2022 – 29 January 2023

A lively and exuberant exhibition of the work of Nina Chua and Daniel Silver, part of Castlefield Gallery’s ongoing series of two person shows.

exhibition (Un)Defining Queer
The Whitworth | 26 January – 26 November 2023

(Un)Defining Queer delves into the Whitworth’s collection to examine how we can use a queer lens to define what the term ‘queer’ means.

exhibition Tale of the Frozen Bits
Castlefield Gallery | 12 February – 12 March 2023

Tale of the Frozen Bits at Castlefield Gallery is the first major solo exhibition of work by artist El Morgan.

exhibition Golden Mummies of Egypt
The Manchester Museum | 18 February – 31 December 2023

Golden Mummies of Egypt is Manchester Museum’s re-opening exhibition. This one-of-a-kind cultural experience opens in February 2023.

exhibition Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind Familiar Phantoms
The Whitworth | 2 March – 21 May 2023

The premiere of Familiar Phantoms, a major new film by artists and long-time collaborators Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind.

exhibition Economics the Blockbuster
The Whitworth | 1 June 2023 – 1 January 2024

Economics the Blockbuster is a major new research and exhibition project, developed in collaboration with Alliance Manchester Business School.

exhibition Traces of Displacement in the Whitworth’s Collection
The Whitworth | 30 June 2023 – 10 March 2024

Albrecht Dürer’s Material World is the first major exhibition of the Whitworth’s outstanding Dürer collection in over half a century.

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