Manchester Art Galleries (1)

The Athenaeum Art Gallery, Manchester
The Athenaeum - Art Gallery Annexe
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Whitworth Art Gallery,
The Cornerhouse, Manchester
CornerHouse, Oxford Road
Salford Art Gallery
Salford City Art Gallery, Peel Park
The Viewpoint Gallery, Salford
Viewpoint Gallery, Salford
Fletcher Moss Art Gallery
Former Fletcher Moss Art Gallery, Didsbury
Chinese Arts Centre, Chinatown, Manchester
Chinese Arts Centre,
Chinatown, Manchester

Chinese Arts Centre

The Manchester Art Gallery

City Art Gallery, Moseley Street, Manchester

Mosley 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 setting off).
Facilities: 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

The Athenaeum

Princess Street, Manchester.
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 together.

Cornerhouse Manchester

70 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.

The Whitworth Art Gallery

University of Manchester. Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER.
Tel: (General Information): 0161-275 7450. Marketing 0161-275 7472.
Education Information & Bookings: 0161-275 7453. Fax: 0161-275 7451.
General Email:
Marketing: or
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 are available.

Salford Art Gallery and Museum

Peel 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
(These 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.

The Lowry

Salford Quays. See Main entry: The Lowry

Metropolitan Galleries Manchester

Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints, Oxford Road, Manchester M13. Tel: 0161-247 1708.
Free 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.

Chinese Arts Centre

Market Buildings, Thomas Streeet, Manchester M4 1EU.
Tel: 0161-832 7271. Email: Website:
The 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)


Centre for the Urban Built Environment, 113 - 115 Portland Street, ManchesterM1 6DW .
Tel: 0161 295 5076. Email: Website: .
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 12noon - 5.30pm, Fri & Sat 12noon - 5.00pm.
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 venue.
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.

Comme Ça Art Gallery

Based at: The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford M3 5LH.
Showroom (by appointment) at: 1st Floor, 42 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1HN.
Tel: 0161-839 7187. Email:
Established in 1994, Comme Ca Art is the North West’s leading art and design agency. With over 800 artists and designers on the books, Comme Ç a A rt have an abundance of art and design disciplines to suit each individual or client’s requirements.

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