The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER – Visit Now
The Whitworth, one of Manchester’s leading art galleries has reopened to the public. Originally founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park in memory of the industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth, “for the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester”, in recent years its contemporary exhibitions programme and international collections have catapulted The Whitworth into the international art world orbit.
At the same time, this widespread renown reflects its founding ambitions, dating back to when it first opened in 1908 with two of the world’s great collections: British watercolours and drawings, and world textiles. Notable features include an art garden designed by Sarah Price, a sculpture terrace and orchard garden, alongside beautifully-designed spaces that embrace the park, such as the landscape gallery and the café in the trees. Together, the attractions make The Whitworth both a tranquil place to visit yet welcoming to families.
This is partly thanks to The Whitworth’s recent £15 million development, which doubled the gallery in size and created new spaces that embrace the surroundings of Whitworth Park. Indeed, the gallery was the winner of Visit England’s gold prize for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2016 and winner of the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2015, no less.
For more information about the upcoming exhibitions, visit the gallery’s website at the link below.