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Whitworth: Past, Present and Future Tours

June 16, 2014


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Whitworth: Past, Present and Future Tours


  •  Which historic areas of the building are being restored to their former Edwardian glory? What do a Turner prize nominated artist and a Nobel Prize winning scientist have in store for the gallery’s reopening? How is an artwork being used by joggers in the park to build their muscles?

    With warmer weather on the way we invite you to join us for Whitworth: Past, Present & Future, a new outdoor tour for those interested in finding out more about Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester’s gallery in the park, whilst we undergo a £15 million redevelopment (opening Saturday 25 October).


The Whitworth’s very own Visitor Team will take you back through the gallery’s illustrious 125 year history. From its humble beginnings as Grove House, a gallery established ‘for the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester’, right up to the present day. Hear about what the redeveloped Whitworth will offer: brand new exhibition spaces, a fabulous art garden designed by Sarah Price, the innovative Clore Learning Studio and more… All this whilst taking a stroll through Whitworth Park, with views of the original façade of the building and encounters with some of the Whitworth’s collections of outdoor art.


Whitworth: Past, Present & Future tours run all summer, on first Thursday and Saturday of each month.
Dates and times

On Thursdays: 3 July, 7 August, 4 September & 2 October
12.15 – 1pm
*Tours start at The Anchor, 508 Moss Lane East

On Saturdays: 5 July, 2 August, 6 September & 4 October
2 – 3pm
*Tours start at The Anchor, 508 Moss Lane East

All tours are FREE, booking is essential
Tours are wheelchair accessible.

To book:
phone: 0161 275 7450
*Tours begin from The Anchor Coffee House, on the corner of Moss Lane East (M14 4PA), and Oxford Road, just next to Whitworth Park.

These parkland tours will go ahead even if it is raining – please wear appropriate footwear for a walk in the park, and be prepared for the Mancunian weather!


Whitworth Pub Crawl hightlights

June 9, 2014


The Whitworth may be closed, but its work continues. Whitworth Pub Crawl was four months of art, performance, workshops and courses – all held inside some of the city’s best-loved watering holes. From life drawing at the Britons Protection to a live music knit hack at Big Hands, alongside monthly courses from the Workers’ Educational Association at The Anchor. Supported by the Workers’ Educational Association.

For more information visit –

Whitworth Art Gallery reopens 25 October 2014

Hey! & Honeyfeet Knees Up

April 27, 2014

Jolly Angler, Ducie Street

Sunday 27 April, 2pm. FREE

The next leg of our Pub Crawl takes place today from 2pm! Join Manchester’s finest ethio-trad, folk-hop and barrelhouse-pop exponents, Honeyfeet, as they respond to A Rake’s Progress – Hogarth’s series of paintings which form part of the Whitworth’s collection. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon pint and flex your vocal muscles!

Whitworth Pub Quiz

March 19, 2014


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Thanks to Port Street Beer House for having us last night for the Whitworth Pub Crawl Quiz. Special thanks also to Quizimodo aka John Stansfield and our curatorial team for their sterling work on the questions, not to mention all the brilliant teams. Great night had by all…

This & That with Jason Evans

March 19, 2014



Huge thanks to TENT and Jason Evans for a brilliant day worksop for the Whitworth Pub Crawl. Jason guided the group to select works from the Whitworth’s collection and juxtapose their own photographs to create conflated diptychs. Thanks also to UHC for having us and The Eagle suppling a great space to share and socialise afterwards. If you missed out, here are some photographs from the day.

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March 3, 2014

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A few pictures from the KNITRONICA event at Big Hands, my camera died early on so watch this space for more…

Thanks to everyone at Big Hands, Sam Meech, Marie Young and Iris Cooper for putting together such an interactive and engaging event. Not to mention, as ever our fantastic volunteers.

More events coming soon here…


March 3, 2014

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Big thanks to Soup Kitchen for having us and artist Stephen Nuttall and our amazing volunteers for such a great workshop.

More events to come –