Art Galleries in Manchester

Polly Checkland Harding, Exhibitions Editor

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 top 5 picks

  • 1. The Whitworth

    The Whitworth, Photo: Alan Williams

    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

    Image courtesy of Visit Britain

    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

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

    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 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

    Image courtesy of Visit Britain

    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.