Art Galleries in Manchester

Polly Checkland Harding

Manchester’s galleries span ancient to contemporary art, via some of the best collections of paintings, objects and even wallpaper in the country. Whether you’re after a cool, contemporary kinda place or a gallery in a park – it’s all here.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Whitworth

    The Whitworth, Photo: Alan Williams

    The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6ER - Visit now

    The Whitworth has recently undergone a £15m redevelopment, which saw it double in size; the gallery now juts out into Whitworth park, seamlessly transitioning from old to new. It’s been met with national and international acclaim – for its new architecture and for its brilliant exhibitions programme.

  • 2. Manchester Art Gallery

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    Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3JL - Visit now

    Manchester Art Gallery houses 25,000 artefacts across six centuries and contemporary exhibitions by world-leading artists in a beautifully-restored neo-Classic gallery, slap band in the city centre. The architect also designed Highclere Castle (or Downton Abbey).

  • 3. HOME Manchester

    Picture of HOME in Manchester
    HOME - Image courtesy of Machteld Schoep.

    HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4FN - Visit now

    HOME is an arts complex that includes 500 square metres of gallery space in its £25m building. The visual arts team has continued the innovative programme of exhibitions that became the Cornerhouse’s trademark.

  • 4. Castlefield Gallery

    Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
    Castlefield Gallery

    Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4GB - Visit now

    Castlefield Gallery may be small but it is influential, presenting thought-provoking contemporary art and supporting emerging artists. Its alumni include Turner Prize winners.

  • 5. The Lowry

    The Lowery Theatre and Gallery in Salford Quays Manchester.
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    The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, Manchester, M50 3AZ - Visit now

    The Lowry boasts two theatres, galleries and a studio space, combining the performing and visual arts.  It holds and displays works from the world’s largest collection of work by local lad, L.S. Lowry, although its galleries also have a changing programme of contemporary exhibitions.

  • 6. Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

    CFCCA

    Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1EU - Visit now

    Tucked away at the end of Thomas Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester (formerly called the Chinese Arts Centre) is the UK’s leading organisation for contemporary Chinese art.

  • 7. The Holden Gallery

    The Holden Gallery, Grosvenor Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6BR - Visit now

    Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University, offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions that are open free to the public.

  • 8. Salford Museum and Art Gallery

    Salford Museum and Art Gallery in the crescent Salford
    Tom Jeffs

    Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WU - Visit now

    Head over to neighbouring Salford and visit the council-run Salford Museum and Art Gallery. A friendly city museum with special appeal to families, especially with its proximity to Peel Park, which the museum overlooks.