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.