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 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.

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 Fayre Share Fayre
The Whitworth | 20 May – 4 September 2022

Fayre Share Fayre is a group show that brings together over 40 artists with a connection to Greater Manchester.

exhibition Intervention by Phil Collins and Oleksiy Radynski
HOME | 25 May – 22 August 2022

In response to Russia’s invasion of its sovereign neighbour, Collins and Radynski transform Engels into a mouthpiece, amplifying the voices of Ukrainian writers and activists

exhibition British Art Show 9
HOME, Castlefield Gallery & the Whitworth | 26 May – 3 September 2022

British Art Show 9 explores three overarching themes – healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. Each of the four exhibitions will also adapt to local contexts. In Manchester the exhibition will engage with the evolving nature of work and the ongoing struggle to shape a new social contract.

exhibition British Art Show 9
The Whitworth | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Alongside partners across the city, the Whitworth will host the forthcoming British Art Show 9, the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK

exhibition British Art Show 9
Castlefield Gallery | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Hayward Gallery Touring’s landmark exhibition British Art Show 9 is at Castlefield Gallery until 4 September.

exhibition British Art Show 9
HOME | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Heading to HOME, The British Art Show is recognised as the most pertinent recurring exhibition of contemporary art produced in the UK.

exhibition PIVOT: Editions
Castlefield Gallery | 27 May – 4 September 2022

Castlefield Gallery presents an exhibition of affordable editioned work you can buy and own from five North West-based artists.

exhibition Slip.Stream.Slip
Modal Gallery | 24 June – 18 September 2022

Slip.Stream.Slip celebrates game engine culture and how our relationship to images, sounds and interactivity has been transformed by technologies such as the Unity and Unreal engines.

exhibition Global Arts Manchester
The Whitworth | 7 July – 30 September 2022

An exhibition featuring the work of 8 women artists who have been collaborating for the last 4 years through Global Arts Manchester.

exhibition Forget Me Not: Poetry and pictures in Victorian and Edwardian greetings cards
Manchester Poetry Library | 11 July – 17 September 2022

Forget Me Not is a free exhibition exploring the relationship between poetry and pictures on greeting cards printed between 1840 and 1920.

exhibition Together As One: A Celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQIA+ Community
The Refuge | 28 July – 30 September 2022

British Culture Archive Presents: Together As One – A Celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Community at The Refuge at The Kimpton Clocktower.

exhibition Pool Arts: Random Acts of Kindness
HOME | 29 July – 24 September 2022

Random Acts of Kindness presents a wide range of mixed media work across a range of artistic focus, from the concrete to the abstract.

exhibition SIGNALS
The Holden Gallery | 18 – 26 August 2022

Steve Oliver and Jonathan Whitter use photography and augmented reality to explore how we consume information in the modern age.

exhibition Black Angel: Newvision
Contact | 30 September 2022

Black Angel: NewVision is an exhibition that looks at the present and towards the future representation of LBT Black and Asian women.

exhibition Venessa Scott
HOME | 30 September – 20 November 2022

Venessa Scott presents a new exhibition exploring impact and legacy through a collection of paintings and colour moments inspired by nature.

exhibition With My Ear to the Wall
Contact Theatre | 9 October 2022

With My Ear to the Wall is a tactile audio installation of tumblers, placed to the wall. Inciting empathy, curiosity and a sense of closeness, With My Ear to the Wall is an opportunity to eavesdrop on the tender insights of the lives of strangers. Created with local people.

exhibition Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester
Victoria Baths | 13 – 16 October 2022

Victoria Baths welcome back the excellent Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester, a must-attend event for craft lovers.

visual arts Manchester Art Fair
Manchester Central Convention Centre | 4 – 6 November 2022

One of the UK’s most ambitious art fairs, Manchester Art Fair, returns to Manchester Central on the 20th and 21st of November.

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.

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