Manchester Art Galleries (1)
The Athenaeum - Art Gallery Annexe
Whitworth Art Gallery,
CornerHouse, Oxford Road
Salford City Art Gallery, Peel Park
Viewpoint Gallery, Salford
Former Fletcher Moss Art Gallery, Didsbury
Chinese Arts Centre,
Street, City Centre, Manchester M2 3JL.
Tel: 0161-235 8888. Fax: 0161-235 8899. Minicom: 0161-235 8893.
Formerly known as the City Art Gallery, the Manchester Art Gallery
houses what is claimed to be one of Britain's best art collections
and has recently undergone a £35m makeover. This is the
largest of Manchester's Art Galleries, and houses an extensive
collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramics, with paintings
by Turner, Stubbs and Gainsborough. The collection includes
over 2,000 oil paintings, 3,000 watercolours, 250 sculptures
and over 10,000 prints.
It also houses one of the largest collections of Pre-Raphaelite
paintings in the world, with paintings by Hunt, Rossetti, Madox
Brown, Burne-Jones, Arthur Hughes and others. The Decorative
Arts Collections include some 12,000 artefacts from various
periods and cultures including ceramics, glass and furniture.
There is an on-site caf� and shop. Free 30 minute guided tours
every Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. (Please check before setting
off as times may have changed).
The architect was Sir Charles Barry, celebrated architect of
the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. This elegant symmetrical
Greek building, begun in 1825, was built for the Royal Institution,
which had been formed in 1823 to promote "the interests of literature,
science and the arts, and the obtaining of a channel by which
the works of meritorious artists might be brought before the
public". Its powerful triangular pediment, supported by heavy
Doric columns, dominates Mosley Street, and has a hidden roof-lit
entrance hall, which has remained largely unchanged since it
was first built.
In 1882 it was transferred to Manchester Corporation who began
acquiring works of art to create this large collection, which,
nowadays, spills over into the old Athenaeum Building behind
- this is also the subject of considerable refurbishment and
a novel soultion to joining two great Manchester buildings together
(See Athenaeum -next). The motto for the building reads "Nihilpulchrum
nisi utile" (Nothing beautiful unless useful).
Opening: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm. Closed Mondays
except Bank Holidays. Also closed 1 January, Good Friday, 24-26
and 31 December. (Times may have changed - please check before
Toilets, disabled toilets, Guide Dogs admitted, Restaurant,
Group Visits catered for by prior arrangement, Baby-changing
facilities, Complies with the National Code of Practice for
Visitor Attractions. Gallery Guides and audio tours available
in English, Cantonese and Urdu. Braille and large print versions
available in galleries. Large Gallery shop offering art books,
prints, postcards and gifts based on the gallery collections.
The Gallery Restaurant offers simple food all day and there
is also a café on site.
Admission is free
After 1882, The Royal Institution which had been based in the
present City Art Gallery (above) transferred its art treasures
to Manchester Corporation, conditional upon �4,000 a year being
committed from rates by the Corporation to purchase further
works of art. The original gallery soon became overcrowded,
and after many other new sites had been rejected, it was decided
to build the Athenaeum, immediately behind the City Gallery
as an extension to the gallery's facilities. Charles Barry,
who had designed the Art Gallery, was commissioned to build
the Athenaeum. This time he chose a Tuscan Italian Palazzo style,
quite different from the original, with a connecting entrance
directly with the Art Gallery, and a separate entrance in Princess
Street. This now forms a visiting or temporary art and craft
exhibition space, with frequently changing and exciting shows
on offer. Both the eminent art critic John Ruskin, and Charles
Dickens gave lectures in this building. Now part of the main
Manchester City Art Gallery - the subject of considerable refurbishment
and a novel solution to joining two great Manchester buildings
Oxford Street, Manchester. Tel: (Box Office) 0161-200 1500.
(Admin) 0161-228 7621.
The Cornerhouse ranks as one of central Manchester's prime
visual arts centres and galleries with its three exhibition
galleries, three cinemas, bookshop, video library, caf� and
bar. It is a regular social venue for Manchester glitterati,
alternatives and creatives. Popular with students from the
nearby Metropolitan University Art School.
Good for midmorning coffee and people watching. Formerly a
carpet shop, occupying an oddly unique triangular site, it
stood empty for years during the 1970s when nobody knew what
to do with it, and owing to its Grade II Listed Building Status,
it could not, (fortunately), be demolished. Its regular exhibitions,
often controversial and usually fairly avante garde, include
a wide range of contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography,
media and installations. It also operates a regular programme
of events and talks on related visual arts topics - usually,
a talk will be available to accompany every exhibition.
A good bar, with regular photographic exhibitions mounted.
Open all year round except Bank Holidays. Free entry. Centrally
placed opposite the Palace Theatre and Palace Hotel on the
corner of Oxford Street and Great Bridgewater Street, alongside
Oxford Road Station, and within a few hundred yards walk of
the Metrolink stop in St Peters Square. Regular bus services
stop opposite (to Didsbury, Rusholme, University, Northenden
and most destinations southwards) from Piccadilly Bus Station.
of Manchester. Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER.
Tel: (General Information): 0161-275 7450. Marketing 0161-275
Education Information & Bookings: 0161-275 7453. Fax:
General Email: email@example.com
Marketing: firstname.lastname@example.org or joanne.hitchen.manchester.ac.uk.
A large and lively Art Gallery owned by the University of
Manchester, and famous for its collection of textiles and
wallpapers - the largest collection outside London - as well
as a fine collection of British watercolours, prints, drawings,
sculpture and modern art. Permanent and visiting exhibitions.
Rated as one of the UK's best art galleries, many modern artists
are represented in its collections, including Moore, Hepworth,
Paolozzi, Bacon, Blake, Hockney, Lowry
and many others. The building was originally bequeathed to
the University by Sir
Joseph Whitworth, after whom it was named, and who typified
the Victorian entrepreneur.
Facilities include a cafe, shop, limited on-site parking,
disabled access, Whitworth Park is adjacent and is suitable
for picnics. Bookshop open Monday to Saturday 11.00am to 4.30pm.
Admission is free and the gallery opens 10.00am-5.00pm Monday
to Saturday and 2.00pm-5.00pm on Sundays.
Located approximately 1½ miles south of Manchester
city centre, on the main A6010 Wilmslow Road south out of
the city, opposite the Manchester Royal Infirmary. By bus,
Frequent service from city centre down Oxford Road. The nearest
railway station is Oxford Road.There is access for disabled
visitors to all galleries, and a ramp is provided at the entrance.
Staff will happily assist. Lecture Theatre is fitted with
facilities for the hard of hearing. Specially adapted toilets
Park, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WU. Tel: 0161- 736 2649
The building originally housed the collection of work by local
artist L.S.Lowry, and
Lark Hill Place Museum. The former collection has now been
moved to a purpose-built gallery, The
Lowry, at Salford Quays. Lark Hill Place is a re-assemblage
of old shops, cobbled streets, street furniture and shop windows,
collected from around the city, (many saved from destruction
and demolition), all arranged in a fascinating and authentic-feeling
Victorian/Edwardian setting. There is a blacksmith's forge,
pawnbroker, toy shop, cobbler, chemists, as well as working
and middle class room settings.
Mon-Fri 10.00am - 4.45pm, and Sat & Sun 1.00pm - 5.00pm.
The Museum will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas
Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Please
note, the Local History Library does not open on Mondays
times were correct on day of publication, but please check
before setting off as times may have changed). Admission free.
Toilets, disabled toilets, full disabled access, Caf�.
On the main Manchester-Bolton Road - the A6, about 1 mile
from Manchester Cathedral and adjactent from the University
of Salford campus.
Metropolitan University, All Saints, Oxford Road, Manchester
M13. Tel: 0161-247 1708.
admission to the galleries. Opening hours are Monday-Friday
from 10.00am until 5.00pm. (Please check before setting off
as times may have changed). These include the Holden, Righton
and Aytoun Galleries. Also exhibits avant garde student work
and end of year degree shows.
Buildings, Thomas Streeet, Manchester M4 1EU.
Tel: 0161-832 7271. Email: email@example.com. Website:
Chinese Arts Centre opened its new centre on 28th November
2003 following a grant from the Arts Council of England. It
was first established in 1986 and now acts as a national agency,
which promotes, commissions and exhibits Chinese artists.
It exhibits British born and international contemporary Chinese
artists at its gallery and develops touring exhibitions. Touring
exhibitions include the groundbreaking Representing The People
(1999) which presented a new generation of contemporary artists
from mainland China to British audiences and Made in China,
an exhibition of contemporary Chinese design (2001-2003)
for the Urban Built Environment, 113 - 115 Portland Street,
ManchesterM1 6DW .
Tel: 0161 295 5076. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.cube.org.uk .
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 12noon - 5.30pm, Fri & Sat 12noon
Since CUBE was set up in 1998 it set itself apart from other
Architecture Centres with its programme of innovative exhibitions
and commissions. Through Graeme Russell's unique vision CUBE
hosted shows by FAT, Will Alsop and Bruce McLean, David Adjaye
and Kisho Kurokawa. Through the determination, vision and
belief of the CUBE board, with the assistance of Manchester
City Council and RENEW, the centre's future has been secured
and will continue as an architecture and built environment
With a renewed emphasis on professional development as well
as the integration of education and public engagement, CUBE
will continue to explore architecture, construction and design
in order to seek out innovation and drive good practice. The
programme of events will explore the issues and ideas surrounding
constructed environs of the city, with a larger and more accessible
series of supporting talks and seminars. CUBE's new aim is
to investigate and inform all aspects of the design, construction
and management of our built environments, seeking out innovation
and improving understanding. CUBE will evolve into a hub for
debate, demonstration, public consultation, learning, creativity
and innovation for Manchester and with the wider region.
at: The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford
(by appointment) at: 1st Floor, 42 Edge Street, Northern Quarter,
Manchester M4 1HN.
Tel: 0161-839 7187. Email: email@example.com.
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