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Whitworth Pub Crawl

February 3, 2014


Huge thanks to everyone that came along to the launch on Friday. It was a brilliant start to what is all set to be an amazing programme of events. Details of which are all live online for you to peruse here.

Here are some great photographs from Gwen Riley-Jones of Fridays launch. Thanks again to Hey! Manchester, HoneyfeetLes Malheureux and our fantastic volunteer Ged not to mention First Chop Brewing Arm for being such welcoming hosts.

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Whitworth Pub Crawl Launch Party

January 23, 2014


7.30pm – Late

First Chop Brewing Arm,
Unit 3 Trinity Row
Trinity Way
M3 5EN

The Whitworth may be closed, but our work continues. Join us as we launch four months of art, performance, workshops and courses – all held inside some of the city’s best-loved watering holes.

Where better to start a pub crawl than in a working brewery. This lauch will give a flavor of whats to come, with a special performance from Manchester’s finest ethio-trad, folk-hop band, Honeyfeet. Featuring curated projections from the Whitworth’s collection. Plus a free beer on arrival, this event is not to be missed.

From life drawing at the Briton’s Protection to a live music knit hack at Big Hands, alongside monthly courses from the Workers’ Educational Association at The Anchor: this is the Whitworth’s Pub Crawl. Come have a drink with us.

Join the event on Facebook here…

Tuesday Talks at MMU

January 13, 2014

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Tuesday Talks at MMU

MMU All Saints Campus, New Art & Design Building, Lecture Theatre 403

12pm – 1.30pm, free, no booking necessary


The Tuesday Talks series are a collaboration between the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Metropolitan University, and as the Whitworth transforms into a 21st century gallery in the park, the talks will be held at MMU.

The Tuesday Talks invites leading artists, thinkers and curators to explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art and is programmed by Professor Pavel Büchler and Bryony Bond.



21 January

Simon Patterson

Simon Patterson came to prominence in the late 1980s. He was was included in the seminal exhibition, Freeze curated by Damien Hirst in 1988 and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1996. Patterson has had solo exhibitions throughout the US, Europe and Japan including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Kunsthaus Zurich. His work is included in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


28 January

Andy Holden

Andy Holden graduated from BA Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College in 2005. He works with plaster, bronze, ceramics, found objects and images, household paint and printmaking, sound and performance; he has created monumental outdoor sculptures, affordable multiples and complex, poetic events. In 2010 he curated Be Glad For the Song Has No End ~ A Festival of Artists’ Music at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, and he co-runs the record label Lost Toys Records, as well as performing regularly with his band The Grubby Mitts.

Recent solo exhibitions include Andy Holden: Maximum Irony, Maximum Sincerity 1999-2003: Towards a Unified Theory of MI!MS at Zabludowicz Collection, London; Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Cookham Erratics, Benaki Museum, Athens; Art Now: Andy Holden, Tate Britain and The Desert Project, at Works|Projects, Bristol.


4 February

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is a curator, art historian, and art critic. He has been Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain since 2006, previously he was the deputy editor of Art Monthly for nine years. He recently wrote about Richard Hamilton’s Swingeing London 67 (f) for Afterall’s One Work series and curated Keith Arnatt: Sausages and Food and Ian Hamilton Finlay at Tate Britain last year.


Festival of Imagination

January 8, 2014

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Festival of Imagination

For the start of 2014, Selfridges becomes a portal into the creative mind, as we explore the power of imagination to drive the process of innovation and inform the shape of our future.

Open your mind. Be ready to explore. Let the festivities begin.


Find out what’s on and when in Manchester’s first festival of 2014.

This is a festival of three halves (and yes, we know that’s not mathematically possible): a series of headline evening talks with some of the UK’s most successful artists, writers, musicians, actors and innovators, a clutch of hands-on lunchtime workshops and – drum roll please – the marvellous Pop-up Whitworth, an in-store version of Manchester’s gallery in the park. And all within the inspirational setting of Manchester’s best loved retail emporium, Selfridges. Read on for full event listings and booking details.


Wednesday 15 January – Wednesday 19 February 2014, 6pm-8pm, £10

Lower Ground, Selfridges, Exchange Square

Book via 0161 838 0610 or email


A series of intimate, early evening conversations with some of the UK’s most creative minds, from Turner Prize-winning artists and writers to BBC 6Music DJs, actors and designers. Find out more about the creative impulses that drive them; understand the power of the imagination. Ticket price includes glass of wine on arrival and tasting place of San Carlo signature dishes.

Wednesday 15 January, 6pm-8pm

“The artist’s mind”: Richard Wentworth in conversation with Dr. Maria Balshaw

Join one of the most influential artists in the country, a giant of British sculpture and photography, as he talks to Dr. Maria Balshaw about artistic method, experiments and leaps of faith. Maria is the joint director of the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester City Galleries; the pair has worked together on several projects, notably do it 2013, the critically acclaimed group show that was part of the most recent Manchester International Festival.

Wednesday 22 January, 6pm-8pm

“Creative collaboration”: Ben Kelly in conversation with Andrew Stevens (Graphic Thought Facility)

What makes for good collaboration? Join two of the UK’s most respected graphic and interior designers as they discuss what makes for a productive, creative working relationship. Ben Kelly is the founder of interior design practice, Ben Kelly Design, and is perhaps best known in Manchester for his work on Factory Record’s Haçienda nightclub. His client list reads like a who’s who of British art and culture: from the Sex Pistols and Somerset House to the Design Museum and Vivienne Westwood. Andrew Stevens, meanwhile, is the co-founder of Graphic Thought Facility, the London-based design consultancy responsible for projects, books and campaigns for the likes of Frieze Art Fair and the Gagosian Gallery; the studio was profiled in a dedicated exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Ben and Andrew regularly work together.


Wednesday 29 January, 6pm-8pm

“The writer’s mind”: Jeanette Winterson, introduced by John McAuliffe

Jeanette Winterson is one of the UK’s leading literary minds, a multi award-winning writer who has published countless novels, short stories, children’s books, essays and TV adaptations including the celebrated novel, Oranges are not the only Fruit. Also a professor at The University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, join us as Jeanette gives an energetic, stand-up talk about her work. Jeanette’s session is introduced by the poet and founder of the Centre for New Writing, John McAuliffe.

Wednesday 5 February, 6pm-8pm

Danger: Imagination at Work”: Jeremy Deller, Mary Anne Hobbs and Dave Haslam in conversation

Our ability to imagine and to create new ideas, worlds and concepts is often used for the common good. It fuels scientific discovery. It underpins the best art, literature, music, design and architecture. But the imagination has a dark side, too. Explore its subversive side in a one-off conversation between Turner Prize-winning artist, Jeremy Deller, BBC Radio 6 Music DJ, Mary Anne Hobbs and the DJ and historian, Dave Haslam. In a talk that ranges from William Blake to Johnny Rotten, find out just how disruptive the imagination and creative vision can be – and how the imagination has fed countless cultural and social revolutions.

Wednesday 12 February, 6pm-8pm

“The theatre of the mind”: Maxine Peake in conversation with Sarah Frankom

The acclaimed theatre and television actress, Maxine Peake, has had a long and fruitful relationship with Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. In 2014, she becomes its Associate Artist, a role that will see her work even more closely with its artistic director, Sarah Frankom. Join both Maxine and Sarah for an intimate conversation that explores the impulse to create drama – and which uncovers the creative process behind theatre, radio and TV drama. This talk has been arranged with the support of the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Thursday 20 February, 6pm-8pm

“Fashion, science & the imagination”: Helen Storey in conversation with Caryn Franklin, introduced by Jean M. Franczyk

Helen Storey MBE is an artist and designer whose early career in fashion saw her win multiple awards for design and innovation. Since 1997, Helen has pioneered work that brings art and science together, and later set up the Helen Storey Foundation. She continues to broker audacious fashion and science projects for social purpose and is a Professor of Science Fashion at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and London College of Fashion. Helen’s recent project, Catalytic Clothing, uses nanotechnology to create ordinary clothes able to purify the air; it was a major part of Manchester Science Festival in 2012 with which she continues to have strong links. Helen met Caryn Franklin while both were studying design at Kingston Polytechnic in the early 1980s. Caryn Franklin MBE is a fashion expert and campaigner who was co-editor of i-D Magazine in the 1980s and presented the BBC’s The Clothes Show for 12 years. She was also co-chair of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer for 17 years, co-founded the award-winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk and is an ambassador for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. Don’t miss a fascinating talk between two long-time collaborators that touches on science, art and the creative process. The talk is introduced by the director of the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Manchester, Jean M. Franczyk and has been arranged with the support of MOSI.


Thursday 16 January, Friday 17 January, Thursday 23 January, Friday 24 January, Thursday 30 January, Friday 31 January, 12.30pm-1.15pm, free (drop in)

3rd Floor, Womenswear, Selfridges, Exchange Square


Use your lunchtime imaginatively with our series of drop-in, hands-on workshops and talks that allow you to unlock the creative power of your imagination, or simply inspire you to see the world in a different way. Places are very limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday 16 January, 12.30pm-1.15pm

Alternative Camera Club (workshop)

Learn street-style photography in this one-off, Instagram-based workshop where the only kit you’ll need is the smartphone in your pocket. The Alternative Camera Club is a Whitworth Art Gallery-based club that takes a more considered, conceptual approach to photography. With regular guest artists and speakers, it’s a place to get inspired – and it comes to Selfridges for this one-off, hands-on session. No experience necessary but you will need to bring your own Smartphone as participants will take pictures using their ‘phones during the workshop.

Friday 17 January, 12.30pm-1.15pm

Manchester Urban Sketchers (workshop)

See the world through an artist’s eye with this on-location art workshop run by the founder of the Manchester Urban Sketching group, Simone Ridyard. Bring drawing materials with you and learn the basics of urban sketching before heading out into the store to take inspiration from its imaginative displays. Regroup for an impromptu exhibition of your work and take tips from Simone and your fellow sketchers. No experience necessary but please bring drawing materials with you.

Thursday 23 January, 12.30pm-1.15pm

Alternative Camera Club (workshop)

Learn street-style photography in this one-off, Instagram-based workshop where the only kit you’ll need is the smartphone in your pocket. The Alternative Camera Club is a Whitworth Art Gallery-based club that takes a more considered, conceptual approach to photography. With regular guest artists and speakers, it’s a place to get inspired – and it comes to Selfridges for this one-off, hands-on session. No experience necessary but you will need to bring your own Smartphone as participants will take pictures using their ‘phones during the workshop.


Friday 24 January, 12.30pm-1.15pm

The reading room (talk)

Is your 2014 resolution to kick-start your writing? Get inspiration from three of the North’s leading authors as they each pick a short story to read to you – in an intimate, one-off reading. Emma Jane Unsworth’s first novel, Hungry, the Stars & Everything won a Betty Trask Award, while her short story, I Arrive First was included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt). Richard Hirst’s story, School Report was joint winner of the 2011 Manchester Fiction Prize, while Marli Roode’s debut novel, Call It Dog, was shortlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. Her short story, Pieces Green, was also shortlisted for the 2011 Bridport Prize. Join all three at Selfridges in January.

Thursday 30 January, 12.30pm-1.15pm

Crafternoon Tea on Tour (workshop)

The Whitworth’s popular Crafternoon Tea sessions are a social kind of affair, drop-in workshops where you get to try your hand at the latest contemporary craft techniques. In a one-off event for the festival, Crafternoon Tea goes on tour, bringing craft into Manchester’s best-loved retail emporium and taking its inspiration from the fashion and merchandise in-store. Join us and get making. All materials provided, no experience necessary.


Friday 31 January, 12.30pm-1.15pm

Thinking with Dinosaurs (talk)

Refresh your lunchtime brain with this rather insightful talk between Dr. Phil Manning, one of the country’s leading paleontologists, and Nick Merriman, Director of the Manchester Museum. It provides a quick-fire introduction into the captivating study of life on Earth, including Phil’s international work on excavating dinosaurs (often filmed by the BBC and National Geographic). But as well as capturing the imagination of the public since the early 19th century, this lively talk on dinosaurs, fossils and life will uncover how imagination itself, alongside scientific enquiry, helps resurrect, reconstruct and understand dinosaurs.



See work by some of the world’s greatest artists at the Pop-Up Whitworth. Although the Whitworth Art Gallery is closed for much of 2014 for a major redevelopment, fourteen of its internationally important collection of paintings, drawings and prints – some of its greatest treasures – go on display at Selfridges in January and February. The Pop-Up Whitworth is an unprecedented opportunity to see works by artists such as Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Albrecht Dürer and Tracey Emin outside of a major gallery.

The Pop-Up Whitworth features three, themed displays:

  • Great British Art. Large-scale installations of oil paintings and sculpture by 
some of the best modern British artists, including works by Jacob Epstein, Lucian Freud, Bridget Riley and Peter 
  • Great British Women. Smaller, more intimate works by some of Britain’s leading women artists, including Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker, Paula Rego and Rachel Whiteread.
  • Historic Greats. Small-scale artworks by historic greats such as Albrecht Dürer, William Blake, J. M. W. Turner and Pablo Picasso.

read more on Creative Tourist here…

Work of the Week

October 24, 2013

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Judith Scott, untitled, 1990, fibre, yarn and mixed media.

During the closure you can get your Whitworth fix through our new weekly blog – Whitworth Work of the Week…

Tuesday Talks continue at MMU

October 24, 2013


Peter Liversidge. Everything is Connected. 2012


Tuesday Talks continue at MMU…


MMU All Saints Campus, New Art & Design Building, Lecture Theatre 403

12pm – 1.30pm, free, no booking necessary

The Tuesday Talks series are a collaboration between the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Metropolitan University, and as the Whitworth transforms into a 21st century gallery in the park, the talks will be held at MMU.

The Tuesday Talks  invites leading artists, thinkers and curators to explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art and is programmed by Professor Pavel Büchler and Bryony Bond.

29 October

Paul Nesbitt

Is Director and Curator of Exhibitions at Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where he has organised major exhibitions by some of today’s leading artists based especially in the UK and North America. These have included: Karla Black, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Luke Fowler, Mark Leckey, Richard Hamilton, Thomas Houseago, Douglas Gordon, Lucy McKenzie, Richard Wright and Cerith Wyn Evans; Carl Andre, Louise Bourgeois, William Eggleston, Philip Guston, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, John McCracken, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Rudolf Stingel, Richard Tuttle, Cy Twombly, Lawrence Weiner and Franz West. He is currently working on the first UK Museum exhibition by the American artist Dan Colen (b.1979) which opens on 12 October 2013. He trained as a plant ecologist and also has a professional interest in the relationship between art and science.

5 November

Peter Liversidge

Every element in an exhibition of work by Peter Liversidge begins at the artist’s kitchen table with Liversidge sitting alone writing proposals on an old manual typewriter. These hand-typed pages, present an array of possible and impossible ideas for performances and artworks in almost every conceivable medium. Liversidge has said: “… the process is also about the notion of creativity: it’s important that some of the proposals are actually realized, but no more so that the others that remain only as text on a piece of A4 paper…”.

Liversidge has exhibited throughout Europe and the USA, including the Tate Gallery, Liverpool; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Finland. A major solo exhibitiondoppelgänger at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh as well as new public art commission, Flags for Edinburgh, launched in August as part of the 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival.

12 November

Maria Fusco

Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer based in Edinburgh. She is a Chancellor’s Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland and was Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work is published internationally and is translated into more than seven languages, and she has been awarded as one of Canongate’s Future 40.

She is the founder and editorial director of The Happy Hypocrite, a semi-annual journal for and about experimental art writing. In 2009-10, she was the inaugural Writer in Residence at Whitechapel Gallery in London, and in 2008-9, the Critic in Residence at The Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, and has been awarded as a Jerwood Creative Catalyst. She wrote the screenplay for GONDA, a film by Ursula Mayer based around Ayn Rand’s 1934 play Ideal, commissioned by Film London, and published as a ciné-roman by Sternberg Press.

This year Fusco is Writer-in-Residence at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and a Hawthorden Fellow, Scotland. She is currently working on a new book about Donald Sutherland.

19 November

Sally Tallant

Sally Tallant is the Director of Liverpool Biennial – The UK Biennial of International Contemporary Art. From 2001 to 2011 she was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London where she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated programme of Exhibitions, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes. She has curated exhibitions in a wide range of contexts including the Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Hospitals, Schools as well as public commissions. She has developed commissioning programmes for artists in a range of contexts and developed long-term projects including The Edgware Road Project, Skills Exchange and Disassembly. She has also curated performances, sound events, film programmes and conferences including initiating the Park Nights series in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions and co-curating the Serpentine Gallery Marathon series with Hans Ulrich Obrist. She is a regular contributor to conferences nationally and internationally

26 November

JJ Charlesworth

JJ Charlesworth has been writing about contemporary art since he left Goldsmiths College London in 1996, where he did a degree in art. He is associate editor at the leading contemporary art magazine ArtReview and writes regularly on art for magazines such as Art Monthly, Time Out London and the US website Art Agenda. He is currently researching a doctoral thesis at the Royal College of Art, on British art criticism in the 1970s.


Whitworth Weekending

August 23, 2013

Whitworth Weekending



Weekending After Hours, 30 August

August 16, 2013

The Whitworth as we know it is closing on September 1st to be extended and transformed. We re-open in Summer 2014.

To celebrate the redevelopment we’re putting on a free weekend of art, music and performance for all ages in Whitworth Park. More details of the event can be found here.

The goodbye begins at 4pm on Friday with The Best of After Hours, a selection from the sessions at the Whitworth that run throughout the year, which aim to create new, unique and interesting ways to engage with our exhibitions. The Best of After Hours takes to our Main Stage in Whitworth Park on the 30th August

with love

To find more details about the coming changes follow our Capital Development blog.

Ongoing information, live from inside the gallery, can also be found on our facebook homepage and twitter.

iPad engAGE NEEDS YOU!!!

August 16, 2013

Pad engAGE hopes to raise £2,000 to purchase four additional iPads. These iPads will be used to explore creativity and the outcomes will be exhibited. The iPads help to engage individuals with dementia, health staff and loved ones, inspiring a wider community.
Take a look at our page for newsletters, more pictures and testimonials about the event.
Any pledge is always appreciated at:




Serious about Art: Weekend Course Introduction to Ply-Split Braiding. Sat 3 & Sun 4 Aug

July 24, 2013
Julie Hedges
We still have a few places available on our weekend textiles course if you’re quick –
Serious about Art: Weekend Course

Introduction to Ply-Split Braiding

Sat 3 & Sun 4 Aug, 12__4pm £35, booking essential

Inspired by our textiles display, Tradition and Innovation. Join textile artist Julie Hedges, and learn traditional Ply-Split Braiding techniques. 

To see examples of Julie’s work visit her website –

To book call the gallery on 0161 275 7450 or email