Manchester Art Galleries
Dynamic world class art gallery space, mostly free entry, features in Manchester from long-standing gallery icons like the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery to lesser know art gems like The Lowry and Cornerhouse galleries. See contemporary Chinese art on display in the Chinese Arts Centre and catch more great contemporary art in hidden gem the Castlefield Gallery.
Manchester Art Gallery
Located right in the heart of Manchester city centre on Mosley Street, Manchester Art Gallery is free to enter and famed for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings and costume collection. Thought provoking and constantly changing FREE exhibitions draw on the gallery’s huge collection with a focus on local, national and global themes, often with a radical edge! The gallery shop is Manchester’s definitive art shop for art books, posters and gifts.
Whitworth Art Gallery
Befitting the world class collection of this famous 19th century Manchester gallery, the Whitworth Art Gallery on Oxford Road is undergoing some exciting changes and fantastic modern extensions. Manchester’s ‘gallery in the park’ has one of the UK’s best collections of British watercolours including 50 works by Turner! Other names featuring include Constable, Gainsborough and amongst Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian artists – Ford Madox Brown, Rossetti, Ruskin and Millais.
A treasured collection of work by Victorian illustrator and master of decorative design – Walter Crane is also here with a selection of his work always on display. The Whitworth is also famed for its magnificent collection of historic and cutting edge modern textiles – the textiles collection here is the largest outside of London second only to the Victoria & Albert Museum. An award-winning cafe and great book shop are both on-site.
With its spectacular contemporary architecture, The Lowry on Salford Quays is free to enter and has one of the largest public collections of artwork by Lowry. A free introductory film on the artist runs every few minutes and the gallery often displays artwork by Lowry from other galleries.
Changing exhibitions often include rare work by Lowry or focus on dynamic local and national contemporary themes as diverse as Manchester Music and The Glory Years of British Pop featuring photography, artefacts and video footage by some of the best contemporary artists. Free talks are often available and down on the ground floor you’ll find a fantastic Gallery Shop well stocked with Lowry souvenirs and more.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.