Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery reopens after £15 million redevelopment
The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery reopens on 14th February 2015 after an extensive redevelopment that has doubled public space and created brand new education centres, transforming the 125-year-old establishment. Turner Prize-nominated and critically acclaimed contemporary artist Cornelia Parker’s major new solo exhibition leads the opening programme, along with a selection celebrating the Whitworth’s eclectic and extensive collection, including disciplines such as textiles, wallpapers, and both historical and contemporary art.
The new and improved gallery extends the original 19th century building out into Whitworth Park, with architects MUMA creating a blend of elegant glass, stainless steel and brick – enhancing and adding to the already impressive structure. The new wings surround a new art garden and feature a glass promenade gallery for large landscape and sculptural works. The new café extends out into the trees of the park, and new windows really connect the gallery to the surrounding land.
With Parker’s new show, set to feature fireworks made from elements of the existing collection, the reopening of this iconic gallery will be sure to impress. With previously inaccessible areas of the Whitworth now open to the public after 50 years (such as the reinstated Great Hall), it’s an exciting moment for the gallery, the University of Manchester, and the city itself.
Whitworth Art Gallery reopens on 14th February 2015, for further information visit here.