Skip to content

Work of the Week

October 24, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 12.01.32

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


June 24, 2013




Summer Programme