Manchester Art Gallery is a central part of the city’s standing, from its architecture to the contents of its galleries, and the highlights tour is a perfect opportunity to get to know some of the pieces in a bit more detail.
A team of knowledgeable volunteers take it in turns to conduct the tours. Each tour is different, the choice of featured artworks are the personal choices of the individual tour guides and reflect their different personalities and interests. But they are all equally passionate and informed about the works and the artists’ lives they explore.
Whether you are a knowledgeable art critic or a novice art appreciator, there will be something of interest. Accessible on many levels the tours manage to neither patronise nor skimp on the technical aspects of the art and the guides will talk about where artists find inspiration, the feelings and responses they evoke or how each work fits into the social context of the time.
Often the guides include a section about the history of the gallery and its architecture. You will see where a modern connecting courtyard joins three Victorian buildings, forming the collection of gallery spaces, with earlier stages of restoration deliberately left on show.
Tours are at 2 pm every Thursday to Sunday and are approximately an hour in duration.