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

At Home with the Pankhurst Family
The Pankhurst Centre | Until 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.

Matthew Bamber: Dream Home
HOME | Until 1 September 2024

Matthew Bamber explores themes of memory and trauma, greed and power, queerness, and identity in his work.

Greater Mancunians
Manchester Central Library | Until 29 July 2024

A student led photography project celebrating those who have in some way shaped the city and its surrounding boroughs.

Ayo Akingbade – Show Me The World Mister
The Whitworth | Until 20 October 2024

Show Me The World Mister is a solo exhibition by Ayo Akingbade comprising two new film commissions.

John Lyons
The Whitworth | Until 25 August 2024

The spring begins with the first major retrospective exhibition of Caribbean British artist and poet John Lyons.

Brass Art: rock, quiver and bend
HOME | Until 1 September 2024

An exhibition of new work by Brass Art, bringing together immersive video, sculpture and lens-based media.

Manchester Museum | Until 1 June 2025

Wild is an exhibition that explores our relationship with the natural world and unique approaches to environmental recovery.

Landscapes of Change
Manchester Poetry Library | Until 31 August 2024

Landscapes of Change brings together poetry and science to explore the impact of the climate emergency

The ‘Death’ of the Life Room
The Whitworth | Until 12 January 2025

Set against the backdrop of the 1950s this collection display highlights the challenges faced by the life room tradition from the mid-20th century.

Alison Wilding: Sculptor’s Drawings
The Whitworth | Until 12 January 2025

The Whitworth is showing a display of newly acquired works on paper by the British sculptor Alison Wilding.

40 Years of the Future: Where Should We Be Now?
Castlefield Gallery | Until 6 October 2024

An exhibition from artists Jeffrey Knopf, Theo Simpson and Hope Strickland – a sculptor, a photographer and artist-filmmaker.

Nepali everday objects and belongings
Manchester Museum | 20 July 2024

A temporary exhibition of everyday items and artefacts representing Nepal’s regional, cultural, social, religious, and ethnic diversities.

Queer Hope + Joy
The Whitworth | 22 August 2024

Join the Whitworth to explore queer joy through movement and creativity, and to celebrate the launch of ‘(Un)Defining Queer’, the book

Barbara Walker
The Whitworth | 4 October 2024 – 26 January 2025

The Whitworth presents the first-ever survey exhibition and a new commission by Turner Prize nominee Barbara Walker.

Manchester Art Fair
Manchester Central | 15 – 17 November 2024

One of the UK’s most ambitious art fairs, Manchester Art Fair, unpretentious and quintessentially Northern art-buying experience.

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