It might not be as famous as London or Glasgow, but this fair city I live in is pretty creative and Manchester’s art scene is thriving. I’m very much a novice when it comes to art and I know even less about making it, but I do like looking at it: any period, any technique, any materials. After visiting the truly delightful Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow last year I made a promise I would check out more of Manchester’s art galleries.
Manchester’s Art Scene
The Whitworth has done exceptionally well recently and it’s only going to bigger and better places. The previously modest gallery next to the University of Manchester won Museum of the Year 2015, the most prestigious art prize in the country amongst a host of others and there’s few wonders why. The displays include a mix of home talent and heritage with progressive free-thinking pieces. With more facilities for families, children and any other personal needs, the gallery is also free and open most days between 10-5pm closing late on Thursdays.
Manchester Art Gallery
The city centre Gallery features modern Manchester based artists’ exhibitions that change every few months on the bottom floor and a mixture of classical artwork on the top floor with a Manchester emphasis wherever possible. This gallery is also free!
Art at HOME
Manchester’s new multi-discipline art centre is home (lol) to a modest exhibition space which changes its face every few months. It’s free, so it’s definitely worth leaving 20 minutes early before your next film/play at HOME to check it out.
And finally I have to mention The Holden Gallery at the The Manchester School of Art. It opened in the 1850s and even L.S. Lowry no less took evening classes at the School of Art in 1905. It holds unique exhibitions every few months as well as a permanent collection which heavily features illustration as well as crafts such as ceramics and jewellery.
Are there any great places in Manchester’s art scene I’ve missed?