Whitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Art Gallery
Founded in 1889 as The Whitworth Institute and Park in memory of the industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth for ‘the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester’ and continues this mission today in new contexts.
The Whitworth is proudly part of The University of Manchester, operating as a convening space between the University and the people of the city. It was founded in 1889 as The Whitworth Institute and Park in memory of the industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth for ‘the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester’ and continues this mission today in new contexts.
In 2015 the gallery undertook a £17 million redevelopment by architects MUMA, which doubled the public space, creating new facilities to house the collection of over 55,000 works of art, textiles and wallpaper. Along with expanded gallery spaces, a study centre, learning studio, and collections care centre, the gallery reconnected with its park, with communal gardens and outdoor programmes.
The gallery is driven by a mission to work with communities to use art for positive social change, and actively address what matters most in people’s lives. This new vision has been developed as part of an international dialogue about how to evolve and adapt museums to a constantly changing world.
This work is underpinned by three key concepts: Learning together, through making and doing; Creating a place of care, consideration and community; Taking action.
Our facilities include:
- Assisted toilet facilities
- Wheelchairs available for public use
- Adequate seating with arms throughout the gallery
- Light, hand held portable stools
- Ear defenders
- Our Grand Hall, which hosts conferences, talks and workshops is fitted with hearing loops
- 4 baby changing areas
- A family room
- Coin-operated buggy locks and lockers
- Large print information about exhibitions
- Disabled parking on Denmark Road
The lighting levels can often be low due to the vulnerable nature of our collections.
Guide dogs are welcome.
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The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER