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The Whitworth Art Gallery

Since its foundation in 1889, The Whitworth Gallery has sought to ‘cultivate taste and knowledge of the Fine Arts for the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester.’ A university art gallery with collections comprising 50,000 objects and an annual programme of public activities, it remains true to its historic objective, offering exquisite textile exhibitions from internationally renowned artists.

The Whitworth is recognised not only as one of the north west’s finest galleries; but also for its international vision. The gallery acts as an anchor for local communities, while playing a role in international culture debates and adding world textiles to its collections.

The gallery is nothing if not pioneering: an early champion of modern British art, it first exhibited work by David Hockney in 1969; was the first UK gallery to offer its collections online; and is now helping to shape the eco-arts agenda with new sustainability practices.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £40,000
  • 2013-2014: £75,000
  • 2014-2015: £75,000

Video feed

Science Stroke Art the Whitworth

Clinicians, artists and cultural organisations explore how we might work together to increase wider understanding, access and creative opportunities for participation and engagement for those affected by stroke. The event was developed by the Whitworth and Manchester Museum in partnership with the Stroke Association.

Cornelia Parker Blakean Abstract

Cornelia Parker discusses Blakean Abstract at the Whitworth #galleryinthepark

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Students at the Whitworth v tues

Manchester's 21st Century Gallery in the Park

Textiles & Ancient Egypt: Frances Pritchard in conversation with Campbell Price

Frances Pritchard, Curator of Textiles, in conversation with Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum. A discussion on the Ancient Egyptian textiles in the Whitworth collection, some of which were donated by Flinders Petrie.


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Laying the screed in the Collections Zone

Having once laid a very uneven quarry tile floor in a small kitchen, I've always wondered how a space such as our new Collections Zone ends up with a beautifully smooth surface over such a large expanse. For further information please take a look at our blog post about this;

Tactile Too

Tactile Too is a textile handling resource that gives students the opportunity to look at, handle and most importantly, be inspired by contemporary textiles. The playful and expressive work showcases emerging textile artists who are either based in or have been trained in the North West

Nikhil Chopra - Coal on Cotton - MIF

An introduction to Nikhil Chopra's 65 hour performance piece Coal on Cotton, part of the Manchester International Festival. Hear from the artist and curator about this unique event.

TAP After Hours Whitworth

Textiles - Audio - Performance // Technology - Audience - Participation This unique evening of participation and performance was co-curated by artists, Steve Symons, Jason Singh and David Littler. An opportunity to remix our textiles into something new, challenging the conventions of how you, the audience, are a part of live events.

FMT Film

Young People led the process of creating new product to accompany the 'We Face Forward 'exhibition across galleries in Manchester. Working alongside an enterprise group of 13 young people from a neighbouring Academy, we developed exhibition-related products to sell across the city. Aged between 12 -- 13 years, the young people were selected through an open invitation process that included an initial expression of interest and interview.

Djembe drumming workshop 24/8 with Sidiki Dembele

All credits to Sidiki Dembele and his band! The first djembe drumming workshop held at the very front of the Whitworth Art Gallery - everyone who came in could give it a try! Find out more about Sidiki's workshops on his website here: Follow our blog here:

Djembe drumming workshop 26/8 with Sidiki Dembele

All credits to Sidiki Dembele and his band! Second of the West African drumming workshop series at the gallery where all were invited to participate, regardless of skill level. Find out more about Sidiki's drumming workshops on his website here: Follow our blog here:

Raw Social 25th August: music performance by Sidiki Dembele & band

All credits to Sidiki Dembele and his band! The mesmerisingly beautiful first track of Sidiki Dembele's set for the Raw Social. Using drums, flutes, harps, synths, and vocals, their unique, soothing sound fills the gallery surrounded by Pascale Marthine Tayou's work, The World Falls Apart. See more videos by Sidiki Dembele on his website here: See the Whitworth's blog here:

Art Bus Time Lapse

Time Lapse of 'Creative Hands' decorating the Art Bus, which is used for community outreach sessions linking to the arts and music programmes for the 2012 Manchester, West African art exhibition - We Face Forward.

Planet Pattern Movement and Dance Primary Workshop

Explore and experience our collections and unique gallery spaces through movement and dance. Discover a world of pattern and shape that can link to a range of curriculum ideas and themes Including; Materials and their properties, shape and space, light, dark and shadows, sculpture and symmetry

Emeka Ogboh Interview

Emeka Ogboh, artist exhibiting in We Face Forward speaking with Bryony Bond one of the curators about Ogboh's sound works and his initial ideas of installing sound. in Whitworth Park. Recorded Friday 30 March 2012 In Whitworth Art Gallery We wanted to capture Emeka Ogboh's intial impressions and to introduce his work to audiences in Manchester.

Whitworth Art Gallery - Global Threads Project, Dance Performance

A performance by children from Cheshire Primary Schools for their Global Threads project. The movement and dance event was performed in front of invited guests, parents and their teachers. The children's act portrays the 'life of a cotton picker' and was the result of a two week adventure with Primary Schools linked to Fallibroome Academy - Special Arts College.

Shadow Lab - Stop Frame Recording

Time Lapse of the final exhibition day of Dark Matters in Shadow Lab.

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Contact details

Whitworth Art Gallery
Oxford Road

M15 6ER

53.460049, -2.22789

  • 53.460049 -2.22789

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