Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

The Whitworth Art Gallery, is everything that a modern , contemporary art gallery would look like. It is interactive, educational, innovative, mind-boggling and aesthetically beautiful. What is more interesting is that, the Gallery is set in a park- The Whitworth Park. So, on a Sunday afternoon I set out on the search of this innovative gallery amidst the greens (that is what I like to call it). 


On entering the park, I saw lots of people . A group of young boys went by laughing and smiling with cans of soda in their hands. An elderly couple were taking a nice evning stroll. A cute Shi Tzu (puppy) was trying very hard to sniff and find something (I wonder what it was trying to find out though) and then there were some people who were (like me) on their way to the Gallery.Above is a photograph of the Whitworth Park.  


This is the entrance to the Gallery. What looked like a beautiful colonial mansion with arched balconies and pillars now housed a variety of art exhibitions, educational space, cafe  and a library. what more, the Gallery also has its own Sculpture Garden. It holds regular debates and seminars in the cafe area . Below are some of the artworks at display.


This abstract mural which takes up an entire wall almost, sparks of vibrant colours. Some the amalgamation of so many bright colours in one work of art cheers me up. 


The traditional items of every art gallery in the world- Medieval Paintings.


This gigantic textile display positioned right in the middle of the exhibition room catches your eyes the moment you enter the room. 


A very simple concept, to illuminate the writings from inside so that they can be read by the people outside. 


This piantings caught my eyes. Somehow, I could interpret it as the presence of many themes in one single frame. From bondage, childhood, rage, misery, fear, rivalry -all these themes could be seen when you look closely at the painting.


To be honest, this is my favourite sculpture in the whole gallery. The beautiful over-extending gown with hair dangling from the woman’s hand is spooky but elegant to look at. (Yes, the hair is real.  . . .)


A number of paintings depicting everyday life is displayed in the photography section. It is really difficult to photograph them due to the strong lights and heavy reflections on the glass. But even then i managed to take a photo of this cute baby held by (maybe) his father. 

IMG_9578Lastly, but not the least, the beautiful patterns of this dress needed to be captured by my camera. 

Whitworth Art Gallery, is a Gallery with a cause and for a cause. It aims to welcome people of all social class into its walls (and gardens)  and educate them , for art is everywhere. Every academics can be explained by means of art. In fact, contemporary art uses a lot of science in it as well. Thus, it truly uphelds the age-long saying that Science and art are two sides of the same coin. 

Furthermore, this gallery runs mostly on charity, donations and revenues earned from the Gallery cafe and shop. Here are some essential details about the Gallery.

Address: The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER

How to Go?

Bus:  42, 18

Train: Regular trains run from the Victoria Station, Piccadilly Station and Crescent to Oxford Road. 

Opening Times:Everyday  10 AM- 5 PM (Thursdays 10 AM- 9 PM)




55 Comments Add yours

  1. I`m going to Manchester next week so this post is helpful !! I have to add The Whitworh art gallery on my list now. That dress is just…wow !! http://stylishconfidence.com/

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    1. Oh great. ! Let me know if i can help you around in selecting which places to visit, or city transport and stuff. 🙂


  2. Katie says:

    Looks like an incredible day out, a colourful celebration of culture.

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    1. Yes. it was a great day out.


  3. lastchance3 says:

    I love galleries and museums. There are quite a few interesting pieces here.

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  4. jennifer L says:

    Wow what a remarkable gallery! I too loved the extended gown, its absolutely gorgeous.

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  5. Simona says:

    I’m not a big fan of visiting the galleries, but this looks really good and interesting. Woman with blue dress looks gorgeous, awesome sculpture!

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    1. Thanks. Thats my fav sculpture too 🙂


  6. lizellecruz says:

    The gallery is beautiful and the collection is wonderful!! Oh how I want to visit

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    1. Yes it is beautiful. you should visit it once if you come down to Manchester. 🙂


  7. Ana De Jesus says:

    I agree art has no class and is open to us all. The pattern on the dress is indeed exceptional, the Whitworth gallery has some lovely treasures.

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    1. Thanks. Yes it has a nice collection.


  8. These are some really cool items and are so interesting. I’ll have to find an art gallery around here until I get to Manchester.

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    1. Yes. There are indeed some very nice exhibits in this gallery.


  9. The exterior of the gallery is gorgeous! I am very into colonial architecture. It is always stunning. I also loved the gown piece from the art exhibition.

    Felicia | http://www.prettychicpink.com

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    1. Thanks. Yes looking at the exterior of this gallery it is not quite easy to say what to except inside. 🙂


  10. I love galleries! I especially like the way this one look from the outside! All the pieces inside also look great, but the feeling isn’t as same as when you’re in the gallery itself.

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    1. Yes, I completely understand. Looking at a gallery through one’s post or in pictures is not the same as seeing the gallery by yourself. 🙂

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  11. Elizabeth O. says:

    Art is everywhere, indeed! It’s galleries like this that keep you wanting to see more. I really love that the theme is about everyday life. That dress in the last picture is just breathtaking!

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    1. Thank You. Yes some of the exhibits were amazing and thus I captured them . 🙂


  12. Liz Mays says:

    Oh wow, I would be so excited to see some of the medieval paintings. They’re not always exciting but they really do capture a period of time. The sculpture of the woman is fascinating!

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    1. Yes. even I thought so. Im not a huge fan of art and artworks but once in a while it does me some good to just look at them. 🙂


  13. Jolina says:

    Wow. Your favorite sculpture is my favorite too! You remind me that it’s been way too long since I visited an art gallery. I should do something about that!

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    1. Well i think you should put on your walking shoes , wear comfy clothes and run/walk/cycle/take a bus to the nearest art gallery ; soak in the beauty of the artworks; and write a beautiful blog post about it 😛


  14. This looks like a place I’d definitely want to visit! I’m with you on that long draping dress.. my favorite!

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    1. Yes. 🙂 I have someone to second me on that ! That was something different from what I had seen anywhere. Something very similar yet estranged.


  15. Ty says:

    What a lovely way to spend a Sunday. I love visiting museums in and out of town. This one looks really nice. I enjoyed the virtual visit. 🙂

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  16. The range of art is very interesting here! From contemporary to medieval? I’ve never been to Manchester, but I’ll have to add this to my list of places to visit when I come.


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    1. Absolutely. Manchester is an amazing place to visit. In fact depending on where you come from, you can also make a day trip to this city. Most of the places are way too near all the three main train stations and coach stop. 🙂


  17. Oh, how absolutely exquisite. What a stunning way to spend a Sunday afternoon and get to be outside a bit as well. Though that building is so beautiful, even inside is quite restoring of the spirits!

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    1. Yes, it is truely intersting. i must admit I am not too fond of contemporary art probably because i dont understand it very well. But it is interesting to see some of them once in a while. So many different perceptions and perspectives of the same idea.


  18. VanessaL says:

    WHOA – the woman with the dress (with the real hair) is so strange… and interesting. cool place 🙂

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    1. Yes. thats probably the only exhibit which has stuck with me. im not a huge fan of contemporary art but something about it struck me.


  19. Tiina A says:

    You make Manchester feel like a must place to visit 🙂 Always great tips where to visit there. As I mentioned already earlier it’s great that you concentrate on one thing at a time and give so many details of it 🙂 Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks for liking the posts. Manchester is really a great place to visit. Let me be honest, there are more places to visit in the city and I havnt been able to visit all of them myself . . .


  20. xotheurbancat says:

    I like the place and the art pieces you have photographed, as well as its cause.

    Visiting museums is one of my family’s favorite thing to do. Besides being in awe of the wonderful displays, you also get to learn the history behind those.

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  21. suchi says:

    I would love to visit this gallery when i visit Manchester..i am obsessed with Medival paintings!

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  22. Jessica Ayun says:

    Fascinating! I used to view museums as boring but as they evolved and innovated, I find visiting galleries and museums relaxing and fulfilling. Whitworth Art gallery is a must visit!

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  23. SofarsoSabine says:

    Museums are the best to visit on boring rainy days! xo Sabine http://www.sofarsosabine.com

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  24. Rakel Campos says:

    I love visiting museums and galleries when I travel. It’s very interesting 🙂

    Rakel ♥ http://www.alovelystyle.com

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  25. I’m a huge fan of art, especially sculptures. I love how it can bring so many different people together.

    Rosie | http://www.rosieromance.com

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    1. I agree. I kind of like photographs and paintings (oil paintings) the most. But sculptures and the thought process behind it is what amuses me the most.


  26. Dreammerin says:

    I love art! This innovative gallery is full of inspirations!
    Very nice idea of how to spend the time!

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  27. Fatima says:

    This does look interesting. I haven’t been to Manchester yet but when I do, I will try to visit this gallery too.

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  28. Nya says:

    Whitworth Gallery is definitely a must visit in Manchester. I used to live really near the park a few years ago, with a flat mate. Too bad it rains way too much here to properly enjoy the nice parks.

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  29. This looks like a great place to visit! I love going to museums! So if we ever get back to Manchester I will definitely have to check it out!

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  30. Anna says:

    I love spending the afternoon in galleries and museums. It’s one of my favorite things to do here in Chicago. The space looks fantastic and filled with rich history. The gown is gorgeous! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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  31. Alison says:

    I love a good art gallery and even from the outside this looks intriguing. I am drawn to that sculpture with the woman with the huge dress and hair! Art is so interesting and can keep you in there for hours!

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    1. Thats my fav one too. 🙂


  32. Amy says:

    I love strolling around galleries and museums. In Europe, sometimes it’s a must and great way to avoid rainy and cold days!

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  33. I’m not sure what I like more, the outside building or the inside art! My favourite piece you’ve picture would have to be the overflowing gown too 🙂

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    1. That’s my fav too. 🙂


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