Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10-5pm & Bank Holiday Monday Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is one of the country’s finest art museums.

We mix works from our wonderful historic collections with the best international contemporary art to bring fresh perspectives to familiar images, create visual dialogues and encourage conversation and debate. We welcome over half a million visitors each year to our home in the heart of the city, a blend of historic and contemporary architecture that echoes our innovative artistic programme. Throug

h our exhibitions and events, we offer extraordinary encounters with brilliant art. Explore our collections of fine art, spanning six centuries and including many major modern and contemporary pieces. We are famous for 19th century British paintings, particularly our outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite works. Our decorative arts collections showcase the artistry, tastes and techniques of every era and culture, from ancient civilizations to today’s designer makers. Our collections of ceramics, silver, glass, furniture and costume are especially fine. We constantly renew and update our collections displays so you should discover something new every time you visit.

How the enigmatic 'Monet of Manchester' inspired L.S Lowry by Thom Bamford at Ilovemcr Great article about how Adolphe V...
08/01/2024

How the enigmatic 'Monet of Manchester' inspired L.S Lowry
by Thom Bamford at Ilovemcr
Great article about how Adolphe Valette made his mark on the city. See his work side-by-side with Lowry on display in gallery 16.

French Impressionist Adolphe Valette quietly shaped the artistic essence of Manchester, leaving an enduring imprint on one of the century's most iconic painters, L.S. Lowry.

Hannah, Curator: “I want to ask you why you’re so keen on it - isn’t it a cliché that it’s all football and rain in Manc...
07/01/2024

Hannah, Curator: “I want to ask you why you’re so keen on it - isn’t it a cliché that it’s all football and rain in Manchester?”

Dwight, Visitor Team Coordinator: “It struck a chord with me because of the football, satanic mills, factories, the grey industrial landscape and his Cubist painting technique. Is it clichéed? Maybe. Is it satire? Probably. Is it relevant today? Most definitely.”

🖼️ Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, Any Wintry Afternoon In England, 1930
On display is gallery 3, What is Manchester Art Gallery?

🖼️ Spend the New Year with FriendsThere's no better time to become a Friend of Manchester Art Gallery. Treat yourself to...
05/01/2024

🖼️ Spend the New Year with Friends

There's no better time to become a Friend of Manchester Art Gallery. Treat yourself to a year of inspiring talks, private tours, workshops and previews. Support your gallery whilst enjoying 10% off in the gallery shop and café.

You can’t put a price on friendship, of course, but ours starts at just £36 a year!

👬 Join in the gallery shop or on our website at
manchesterartgallery.org/become-a-friend

Let's get 2024 off to a good stART!Join us at the Gallery for a whole host of free events that promise to spark your cre...
02/01/2024

Let's get 2024 off to a good stART!

Join us at the Gallery for a whole host of free events that promise to spark your creativity.

👶 Baby Sensory - Wed 3 Jan, 1-2pm
☕ Stories we Share - Fri 5 Jan, 12-2pm
🖼️ Art Bites - Wed 10 Jan, 12.30-1.15pm
💬 Making Conversation - Wed 10 Jan, 1-3.30pm
✏️ Stories we Wear - Fri 12 Jan, 1-3pm
🎨 Open Doors - Sat 13 Jan, 10am-12pm

For more info and to see the full list of events head to our What's On calendar https://bit.ly/47hHGbf

What a year! Thanks to everyone who made 2023 happen. We hope to see you all at the gallery in 2024. 🎆 Wishing everyone ...
31/12/2023

What a year! Thanks to everyone who made 2023 happen.
We hope to see you all at the gallery in 2024.

🎆 Wishing everyone a very happy New Year!

Utagawa Hiroshige, Ryogoku, Hanabi, 1858

Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season from everyone at Manchester Art Gallery ✨Thank you for your continued supp...
25/12/2023

Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season from everyone at Manchester Art Gallery ✨

Thank you for your continued support and for visiting us this year.

🎄Ray Smith, Celebration, 1978

🔮 A whole world inside a miniature pendantThis tiny papercut scene, 4cm wide, is encased inside a glass pendant and lock...
24/12/2023

🔮 A whole world inside a miniature pendant

This tiny papercut scene, 4cm wide, is encased inside a glass pendant and locket.
Imagine being able to carry this magical portable winter wonderland around with you 📿

It no longer opens, but we would have loved to have seen what was kept inside.

A festive dish fit for any Christmas dinner table! 🦌🍽️✨The slipware dish dates back to 1736 and was gifted to the Galler...
23/12/2023

A festive dish fit for any Christmas dinner table! 🦌🍽️✨

The slipware dish dates back to 1736 and was gifted to the Gallery by collector and amateur historian Thomas Greg in 1904. Greg acquired some of the best examples of the potter's art, tracing its development over a thousand years.

Greg was driven by a fascination with the past and a desire to contribute to scholarly knowledge. He gave his collection to the Gallery in the hope of inspiring a similar sense of wonder in others.

There's loads to do at Manchester Art Gallery over the holiday period ✨You can visit Unpicking Couture and immerse yours...
22/12/2023

There's loads to do at Manchester Art Gallery over the holiday period ✨

You can visit Unpicking Couture and immerse yourself in our amazing collection. Bring the family and unwind in the Lion's Den. Grab those last minute gifts from our shop, or treat yourself to lunch in our Café.

Don't let the scaffolding put you off, the gallery is open as usual while we (Re) New Manchester Art Gallery for the next 200 years.
https://manchesterartgallery.org/taking-stock/

Christmas Opening Hours:
23 Dec - 10-5pm
24-26 Dec - Closed
27-30 Dec - 10-5pm
31 Dec & 1 Jan - Closed

The painting includes a few of our favourite things... a beautiful snowy scene with the glow of the setting sun, crisp w...
20/12/2023

The painting includes a few of our favourite things... a beautiful snowy scene with the glow of the setting sun, crisp winter walks and making footprints in the snow.

❄️What is your favourite thing about Winter?

🖼 Joseph Farquharson, When The West With Evening Glows, 1901

Northern String Quartet Christmas Concerts🎼🎻🎶🎄Putting a classical twist on your favourite Christmas tunes, join Northern...
19/12/2023

Northern String Quartet Christmas Concerts
🎼🎻🎶🎄

Putting a classical twist on your favourite Christmas tunes, join Northern String Quartet for 3 festive performances guaranteed to get you singing along!

The perfect way to get you in the mood for the holidays!

Starting with a family concert - playing tunes such as Frosty the Snowman and Let It Go.
Followed by 2 evening concerts - performing covers of Christmas No1's throughout the decades including Queen, Pink Floyd, Whitney Houston and Ed Sheeran.

📅 Thursday 21 December
Family performance 3pm
Christmas no1’s 6pm & 8pm

🎟️ £7.50-£22 book via Ticketline 👉 https://bit.ly/47nO6GS

If you are planning to visit us over the Christmas and New Year period, we'll be closed on the following days🎄24, 25, 26...
19/12/2023

If you are planning to visit us over the Christmas and New Year period, we'll be closed on the following days

🎄24, 25, 26 & 31 December 2023
🎆1 January 2024

We'll be open as normal 27-30 December 10- 5pm
And from 2 January 10 - 5pm

🖼️ John Gerrard Keulemans, Robin, date unknown

18/12/2023
📣We're hiring!🏛️Visitor Team Coordinator✨We are looking for an organised, collaborative and dynamic person with a passio...
18/12/2023

📣We're hiring!
🏛️Visitor Team Coordinator
✨We are looking for an organised, collaborative and dynamic person with a passion for visitor experience and accessibility to join our fantastic team.
📅Deadline: Friday 5 January
👉 Apply: https://bit.ly/3T6vX9F

Walking in a winter wonderland ❄️🚶🎶🖼️ Frederick James Porter, Snow in Hanover Square, London, 1926🖼️ Sir William Rothens...
17/12/2023

Walking in a winter wonderland ❄️🚶🎶

🖼️ Frederick James Porter, Snow in Hanover Square, London, 1926
🖼️ Sir William Rothenstein, Tree in Winter, 1916
🖼️ Jean Laurent Challie, Snow in Sunshine, 1900-28

We’re on a mission to prove that Art Matters 🎨💪The Manchester Artist Teachers Collective are working in depth with Manch...
15/12/2023

We’re on a mission to prove that Art Matters 🎨💪

The Manchester Artist Teachers Collective are working in depth with Manchester’s arts ecology to reconnect with our own art practices to identify a relatable and relevant curriculum for the young people of our city.

🗣️"The idea that teachers are being inspired, being valued allows us all to shape a future for young artists that will emerge from Manchester, with a completely new outlook on what's possible."

With support from Freelands Foundation, we have recently taken part in a Reset weekend. We worked with amazing local artists Tasha Whittle, Will Marshall, Chris Paul Daniels and Maisie Pritchard at esea contemporary and Paradise Works. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with our own making and remember to value the power of art.

🗣️"The message to all of our education leaders…If we're not inspired as makers, if we're not thinking about the places to take young people and the opportunities to see and explore, then they're not going to find them on their own."

The next steps? To develop case studies to demonstrate the vital role Art and Design plays in the curriculum and use it to advocate for this increasingly sidelined subject 🙌

In collaboration with HOME Mcr The Whitworth The Manchester College Loreto College, Manchester Loreto High School, Manchester Communication Academy, King David High School & Manchester PRU

📷David Oates Photography

Today’s   has been chosen by Retail Assistant, Laura.🗣️" Although sometimes we think that winter can be grey and dull, t...
14/12/2023

Today’s has been chosen by Retail Assistant, Laura.

🗣️" Although sometimes we think that winter can be grey and dull, this painting is full of so much colour and light and it reminds me that brighter days are coming.
Seeing this painting instantly transported me to a memory of a wintry day spent in the park at Dunham Massey."

🖼️ Spencer Gore, Richmond: Winter, 1913-14

Join us for Open Doors this SaturdayOur workshop especially for autistic children & their families/carersWe'll be in the...
12/12/2023

Join us for Open Doors this Saturday
Our workshop especially for autistic children & their families/carers

We'll be in the Lion's Den making Christmas decorations & exploring the gallery to look at the artist L.S Lowry

📅Sat 16 Dec 10am-12pm
🎟️Free bit.ly/41izKoM

Going for a stroll today? What do you notice? 👀🍂❄️What makes a walk mindful? Engaging our senses, noticing details in ou...
10/12/2023

Going for a stroll today? What do you notice? 👀🍂❄️

What makes a walk mindful?
Engaging our senses, noticing details in our surroundings and looking out for the beauty of winter.

🖼 Sir John Everett Millais, Glen Birnam, 1891

🎁Our Christmas Makers Market continues today with A great findIf you are still looking for that perfect Christmas gift, ...
10/12/2023

🎁Our Christmas Makers Market continues today with A great find
If you are still looking for that perfect Christmas gift, this is where you will find it!

Thoughout the ground floor of the gallery. Here until 5pm ✨

Our Christmas Makers Market with A great find is this weekend! 🎄🎁Gifts so good it will be hard not to buy something for ...
08/12/2023

Our Christmas Makers Market with A great find is this weekend! 🎄🎁

Gifts so good it will be hard not to buy something for yourself too!😅

Ember & the Vixens Festive FoxesSaturday 16 December Full of Christmas sparkle ✨ it’s going to be great! Book your ticke...
08/12/2023

Ember & the Vixens Festive Foxes
Saturday 16 December
Full of Christmas sparkle ✨ it’s going to be great!
Book your tickets now

Calling Christmas elves, fairies and festive foxes, Ember & the Vixens bring a Christmas edition of their spectacular adults-only cabaret.

🎄 Be inspired by art this ChristmasDid you know you can buy prints from our collection through the  shop?🎁 Order by 11 D...
06/12/2023

🎄 Be inspired by art this Christmas
Did you know you can buy prints from our collection through the shop?
🎁 Order by 11 December to get framed prints in time for Christmas
Shop 👉 https://bit.ly/shopartuk

Nothing beats a cosy night in by the fire ✨🔥🖼 William Whitehead Ratcliffe, Still Life by the Fire, c1914
05/12/2023

Nothing beats a cosy night in by the fire ✨🔥

🖼 William Whitehead Ratcliffe, Still Life by the Fire, c1914

What is REALLY going on when you look at art? 🖼👀Come and take part in the next stage of our exciting research study expl...
04/12/2023

What is REALLY going on when you look at art? 🖼👀

Come and take part in the next stage of our exciting research study exploring the relationship between art and mindfulness - teaming up with psychologists at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Enjoy a hot drink in our café on us afterwards ☕

📅 Tues 5 Dec - 12 - 4.30pm
Wed 6 - Sun 10 Dec - 10.30am - 4.30pm
Free, drop in

Today’s   has been chosen by Curator, Fiona.🗣️”This is a really striking image. There's so much packed into the scene an...
03/12/2023

Today’s has been chosen by Curator, Fiona.

🗣️”This is a really striking image. There's so much packed into the scene and the artist has captured movement, texture and shadow so beautifully just by using two colours. You really get the sense of a blustery day in the English countryside.  There's a strange sense of perspective and the artist has used curved lines running in different directions to draw your eyes around the whole surface of the image. The road bends one way, the hedgerows curve in the opposite direction, then there's row upon row of hills and fields stretching off into the distance.  The man and his dog are dwarfed by the landscape that stretches out in front of them.”

🖼️ Iain MacNab, Snow on the Radnor Hills, c1945

A Friend is not just for Christmas! 🧑‍🤝‍🧑🎄🎁Give the gift of Friendship this Christmas and treat someone you love to a ye...
02/12/2023

A Friend is not just for Christmas! 🧑‍🤝‍🧑🎄🎁

Give the gift of Friendship this Christmas and treat someone you love to a year full of art with our Friends gift boxes.

Full of gallery goodies and a membership that includes inspiring talks, private tours, workshops and previews.
With a 10% discount in our gallery shop and café, it's the perfect gift that keeps on giving.

Available in the shop and online.

Let's be Friends! 👉 https://bit.ly/3RqfnTi

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Thursday 10am - 5pm
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