The Whitworth Art Gallery, often referred to simply as The Whitworth, is an art museum in Whitworth Park on the campus of the University of Manchester.
What to see at the Whitworth Art Gallery
The Whitworth has a collection of around 60,000 items, but it does not feature a permanent collection on display, and instead, it has a programme of temporary exhibitions that draw both from the gallery’s extensive collection and from artwork on loan from other galleries.
The Whitworth’s exhibition programme includes:
This exhibition (until 3 December 2023) is comprised of a collection of works, many of which have never been on public display before, that explore the cultural identities of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Traces of Displacement in the Whitworth’s Collection
This exhibition (until 7 January 2024) highlights the humanitarian concerns forced displacement with artworks highlighting the personal stories of people forced to flee their homelands.
Albrecht Dürer’s Material World
The Albrecht Dürer exhibition (until 10 March 2024) is the Whitworth’s first major exhibition from its Dürer collection in over 50 years. This exhibition displays Dürer’s work alongside artefacts from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Visiting the Whitworth Art Gallery
The Whitworth is located on the campus of the University of Manchester and it is around a 10-minute walk south of the Manchester Museum. Local bus routes 15, 41, 42, 42A, 42B, 43, 111, 142 and 143 stop just north of The Whitworth with regular services into central Manchester. It is also possible to walk into the city centre in around half an hour.
The Whitworth Cafe has a seasonal menu with breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea (dinner on Thursday evenings).
Most people spend 2–3 hours exploring the gallery and many people combine the Whitworth with a visit to the Manchester Museum, which is a 10-minute walk from here.