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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

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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; http://capitaldevelopmentwhitworth.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/laying-the-screed-in-the-collections-zone/

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

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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: http://www.denifaridjembe.com/workshops Follow our blog here: http://whitworthadultprogramme.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/looking-back-at-last-weekends-drumming-series-with-sidiki-dembele/

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: http://www.denifaridjembe.com/workshops Follow our blog here: http://whitworthadultprogramme.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/looking-back-at-last-weekends-drumming-series-with-sidiki-dembele/

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: http://www.denifaridjembe.com/videos See the Whitworth's blog here: http://whitworthadultprogramme.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/looking-back-at-last-weekends-drumming-series-with-sidiki-dembele/

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.

Dark Matters Trailer

Trailer for Dark Matters exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery - running until January 15 2012

Dark Matters

http://darkmattersart.com/

Whitworth Art Gallery Symposium - Intuition 9 October 2010

Intuition Symposium 9 October 2010 With Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns, New York and Jon Thompson, artist, influential art educationalist, curator and writer. In 2010 the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection was presented to the Whitworth Art Gallery, as a gift facilitated by the Contemporary Art Society. Intuition, curated by Bryony Bond, is the first exhibition to be drawn from this collection. For the Symposium, Director of the Whitworth, Maria Balshaw discussed, with the invited speakers the changing relationship of outsider art to the mainstream art system. Matthew Higgs has a long-standing relationship with the Creative Growth Art Centre, California, a centre for adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, and has shown work by the centre's artists at White Columns, one of New York's oldest and most prestigious non-profit galleries where he is the Director/Chief Curator. Link to the White Columns website here. Responsible for the development of Goldsmiths College as the centre of new talent in this country and curator of significant exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, Jon Thompson has also been closely associated with the development of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection and curated the exhibition Inner Worlds Outside in 2006, which sought to demonstrate the parallels between 'insider' and 'outsider' work.

Christmas at Whitworth Art Gallery

Heald Place Primary school came in on a very snowy day to partake in Xmas themed activities and to help us with the tree decorations. Vivid Photo Visual from Stockport really captured the moment and atmosphere with their wonderful camera work. Hope you enjoy and a very Merry Christmas to you from the Education team!

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Whitworth Art Gallery
Oxford Road

Manchester
M15 6ER

53.460049, -2.22789

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