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Whitworth Art Gallery

A £15 million development has transformed the gallery, doubling it in size and creating new spaces that embrace the park it calls home.

Yet although the Whitworth is about to open a new chapter in its history, the organisation itself has a much broader story to tell.

You’ll be able to find out about that story here, alongside information about our research projects, our wonderful historic collection, the Friends of the Whitworth, the people who work here and much more.

A gallery that is historic and contemporary, academic and playful

Founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has been transformed by a £15 million development. This is a gallery whose visitor numbers have climbed spectacularly in the past five years, whose contemporary exhibitions programmes have given new life to international collections, and whose risk-taking curatorial team has gained global attention.

Part of the University of Manchester, the Whitworth is a gallery that is a place of research and academic collaboration, and whose education and learning teams have generated new approaches to working with non-traditional arts audiences.

Yet despite its ambition and change, the Whitworth is also a gallery that has retained a sense of the personal, the intimate and the playful. It is a place that its visitors love, and feel that they own. For them and for us, the Whitworth is simply the gallery in the park, one of the most remarkable galleries in the north.

Collection An internationally important collection of 55,000 artworks is just the start.

At the Whitworth, our new study facilities, searchable database and research projects with partners across the world put our collection at the centre of everything we do.

Learn, imagine, create and be inspired at the Whitworth, with social, imaginative and participatory programmes designed for all ages.

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Q Cancellation of Service

Flexible: 50% refund 5 days prior to the Space Experience
In the event of a cancellation more than 5 days before the date the Hire Period is to begin then 50% of the Space Fees will be refunded to the Guest.
In the event of cancellation less than 5 days before the date the Hire Period is to begin then the Space Fees paid by the Guest are non-refundable

Q Cost of Service

Individual Giving
Make a donation today, and help us make a difference
Over the past few years a number of generous gifts from individuals have given us essential support for our exhibitions, acquisitions and learning programmes.
Every donation makes a difference, no matter its size, and if you sign a Gift Aid declaration it enables us to claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate - at no extra cost to you.

There are three simple ways that you can donate now:
1. You can give online. Just visit yourmanchester.manchester.ac.uk now.
Once there, scroll down to ‘Support Manchester’ and then select ‘Make your Gift’ which takes you to the ‘Donate now’ page. You can then select whether to make a regular or single donation. The Whitworth is part of the University of Manchester so to make sure that your donation reaches the gallery, please choose Whitworth Art Gallery from the very bottom of the Designation drop-down menu.
2. You can give by text. It couldn't be easier, Just text WAGM14 and the amount you’d like to donate to 70070.
3. You can give in person. If you would prefer to make a donation in another way, please email Jo Beggs, our Head of Development, or call on 07917 553 040 to discuss your donation.

Q Directions & Parking

Denmark Road: is directly adjacent to the gallery, which has step-free access to both our Park Side and Oxford Road entrances. There are a total of 5 disabled bays, 9 spaces for car/bus drop-off and 7 double yellow line areas, which can be used by blue badge holders.

Park Side Entrance: Our 3 gallery designated disabled bays are directly beside our park entrance along Denmark road. There is a short step-free path from our park gates that will lead you to our entrance.

Oxford Road Entrance: There are an additional 2 disabled bays further along on Denmark Road for the surrounding buildings. If using these you can enter through our main gates (across the bike paths) and up shallow gradient ramps leading to our automatic doors, which open inwards.

If you need any assistance when arriving, please contact our Visitor Team on 0161 275 7450 who are happy to help. For more information about ongoing road developments around us, please visit:

Q Conservation Policy

The Whitworth’s collection care and conservation policy will:
• Take measures to slow deterioration and prevent damage of works of art
• Manage, monitor and improve the state of the collections, environment
and buildings
• Enhance long-term access through effective and pragmatic solutions to storage, display and the use of collections
• Resource and implement programmes of work in line with the policy
• Provide and maintain documentation systems designed both for conservation and collection care
• Undertake research and publish on conservation and collection care practice
• Raise awareness of conservation and provide advice and
support to individuals and other institutions
• Achieve or exceed current standards of conservation and professional practice measured against appropriate benchmarks

3 Reviews for Whitworth Art Gallery


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Amazing Experience!

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The gallery holds a lot of amazing collections, artworks and the rest. It’s a great place to find even things you won’t think of getting there. I totally love their nice staff who are all ready to help.

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It's a really amazing place!

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The Whitworth gallery is really amazing. I’ve visited it with friends for research purposes and we really got lots of great ideas there. Their services are excellent too.

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Cheska J

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Speechless on how beautiful the place is

5/ 5

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The number of artwork available for your viewing is outstanding, they were able to preserve the history and classic feel to the area which is what I highly admire. Their dedication for the academic research and forward future thinking is a reflection on their passion for knowledge and art.

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