Museums & Galleries

The Whitworth

The Whitworth
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road
M15 6ER
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The Whitworth Gallery - Parkside
Alan Williams

The Whitworth is a remarkable contemporary art gallery, beautifully situated in Whitworth ParkOxford Road.

Part of the University of Manchester, the Whitworth was founded in 1889, when it was the first-ever English gallery in a park.  In 2015, it re-opened after a £15 million redevelopment, which doubled the exhibition space, restored period features to the original building, and created a superb restaurant.  The new extension was designed to reflect and embrace the park outside, where sculptor Anya Gallacio has created a site-specific permanent artwork, a stainless steel Ghost Tree.  The Whitworth was named the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year in 2015.

The gallery has a huge, internationally important collection of artworks, and hosts some permanent exhibitions, but also offers exciting, temporary exhibitions of work by internationally significant artists. The Whitworth is, however, also a place of research and academic and educational collaboration.  It strives to be inclusive, diverse and accessible for all, and Its education and learning teams have generated positive new approaches to working with non-traditional arts audiences.

Above all, it offers a playful, intimate and welcoming environment, and is hugely popular with the people of Manchester.

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