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.

Golden Mummies of Egypt
Manchester Museum | Until 14 April 2024

Catch the final weeks of Manchester Museum’s re-opening exhibition, the Golden Mummies of Egypt which closes its doors in April. Don’t miss your last chance to see it!

Manchester Open Exhibition 2024
HOME | Until 28 April 2024

HOME’s Manchester Open returns in 2024. Greater Manchester’s largest open art exhibition will showcase the work of nearly 500 artists.

40 Years of the Future: Painting
Castlefield Gallery | Until 23 June 2024

40 Years of the Future: Painting welcomes back five artists who exhibited as part of Castlefield Gallery’s 1984 inaugural programme.

Matthew Bamber: Dream Home
HOME | Until 9 June 2024

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

Shirley Craven
The Whitworth | Until 11 May 2024

Over 80 of Shirley Craven’s bold abstract textiles are displayed together for the first time in over 60 years alongside newly acquired works.

Home Run
SEESAW | Until 9 May 2024

Home Run – is a group exhibition showcasing works by Manchester-based artists Jack Berry, Jasper Cheng and Beth Murray.

Ayo Akingbade – Show Me The World Mister
The Whitworth | 3 May – 20 October 2024

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

John Lyons
The Whitworth | 10 May – 25 August 2024

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

Africa Day Late
Manchester Museum | 22 May 2024

Join Manchester Museum for a celebration of Africa Day, Curated by Cultureville, where history, culture, and creativity converge.

Wild
Manchester Museum | 5 June 2024 – 1 June 2025

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

40 Years of the Future: Where Should We Be Now?
Castlefield Gallery | 7 July – 6 October 2024

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

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Museums & Galleries