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Whitworth Weekending

2 Aug
Whitworth Weekending
Fri 30 Aug__Sun 1 Sept
Were having a party – please join us
Three extraordinary days in Whitworth Park
Whitworth Weekending will take place in Whitworth Park from Friday 30 August__Sunday 1 September 2013
Friday__30 August
Saturday__31 August
Sunday__1 September
12noon__until late
Whitworth Weekending is a free weekend of art, music and performance for all ages in Whitworth Park. It’s our way of saying thank you to everyone who makes the Whitworth what it is. Celebrate with us the last days of the Whitworth as we know it, before we close to extend and transform the gallery. We re-open in Summer 2014.
The goodbye begins at 4pm on Friday with the best of After Hours and continues with a festival feel on Saturday. The drama and spectacle will come to a head on Saturday evening as the fabric of the building becomes the canvas for the show. As dusk falls on Sunday, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, artists who know Manchester and the Whitworth well, will bring the weekend to a close with Six White Horses, an enchanting and beautiful new work to mark the last moment of this chapter of the Whitworth’s history.

Festive Hand Puppets

19 Dec

hand-puppetsOur Shop Elves love a bit of DIY, and hand puppets are the perfect festive rainy afternoon activity.

If you can’t make it to our Whitworth Art Gallery Shop to buy a kit you can learn how to make your own puppets from scratch here…

Awesome Tapes From Africa

16 May

Brian Shimkovitz was on a Fulbright scholarship in Ghana when he got hooked on the cassette culture of the region.

Street vendors hawked West African recordings in myriad genres, from highlife to African disco, old left-field soul to curious local pop.

Shimkovitz started a blog, Awesome Tapes from Africa, and a record label to share his passion for this music, much of which is unheard outside of West Africa.

Want to find out more about West African music in Manchester this summer? Please check out WE FACE FORWARDS!

Laser Sushi.

18 Apr

This “designer nori” laser-cut seaweed was created by the Japanese ad agency I&SBBDO for a client whose sushi-wrapper business flagged in the post-tsunami economic trough. Jeannie Huang writes,

Each pattern is meant to symbolize good fortune, happiness, and longevity, etc. and the result is a delicate, unexpected reinvention of the classic Japanese food with a modern twist. The patterns are crisp, and when incorporated into the rolls, they create a sharp contrast between the dark seaweed and the white grains of rice within. They’ve entered (and won) a number of ad/design contests for this phenomenal work.

Designer Nori: Delicate Laser Cut Seaweed Patterns

Little Greene Paint @ Whitworth Art Gallery

13 Apr




Little Greene Paint Company are longtime sponsors of The Whitworth Art Gallery and their paint is used on all of our walls, but have you ever wondered which paint is used there?

The Whitworth Art Gallery Shop has produced a handy map of Little Greene locations around the gallery so you can identify paint colours and see what they  look like in a variety of locations.

The maps will be available from the shop from Wednesday 18th April.

Drawn Pink.

29 Mar

 This is Drawn Pink, by Anne Lindberg part of an installation at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. In this piece Lindberg uses Eqyptian cotton thread and staples to create a larger-then-life experience. We really want to visit the piece, especially to see the time-lapse video of the incredible work.

Coming Soon; New Little Greene Paint

14 Mar

 Little Greene are busy preparing for the launch of the new ‘Colours of England’ card which will replace all existing Little Greene colour cards.

The new card will feature innovative flying colour chips to help would-be decorators compare and contrast colours.

Twenty six colours from the existing ‘Colours of England’
card have been removed and replaced with a combination
of old and new shades including a selection from the recently
successful Retrospectives collection.

Look out for them on the new card available in the Whitworth Art Gallery Shop from April 2012.

Butterflys for A Sunday.

4 Mar
















David Kracov has just started producing incredible  book art.

We are in love.

Idris Kahn: The Devil’s Wall.

24 Feb

 Idris Khan, The Devil’s Wall, 2011. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery, London and Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York.

The Whitworth Art Gallery has the first UK showing of Idris Khan’s new installation The Devil’s Wall, which draws inspiration from rituals and practices of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that is one of the pillars of Islam and is undertaken by millions of Muslims each year.

Khan exhibits three new sculptures and a series of drawings based on an aspect of Hajj ritual. Incorporating sculpture, literary texts, drawings and photography, Khan uses repeated actions and texts in his work to explore his own Islamic heritage, making The Devil’s Wall a pilgrimage of self-discovery that can have powerful resonances for viewers experiencing the installation. Highlights from the Whitworth’s collection, selected with Idris Khan, are also on display.

This exhibition is made in partnership with the British Museum and is supported by Victoria Miro Galleryand Yvon Lambert Gallery.

 We are also very pleased to announce also that the Victoria Miro’s limited edition Idris Kahn catalogue is now on sale in the Gallery Shop priced at £20.

If you wish to reserve a copy you can contact us on 0161 275 7498


16 Feb

From the Smithsonian’s snapshot series, a special image for Valentine’s Day:

 Caged crinoline, also known as a hoop skirt, was the most distinctive silhouette of the late 19th century. This photo shows a hoop skirt, named because of its series of concentric hoops of whalebone or cane. It replaced the popular petticoat of the late 1500s to mid 1800s. Multiple petticoats were sometimes worn to create the full, dome-shape, small-waist silhouette popular in women’s fashion through the mid 1800s. During the late 1800s, hoop skirts like this one lightened the weight of multiple petticoats by creating the same fashionable silhouette but with fewer layers. It only required one or two petticoats worn over the hoop skirt. Unlike shaping undergarments before the 19th century, hoop skirts were worn by women of every social class. In 1846, David Hough Jr. introduced the first hoop skirt in the U.S. The hoop-skirt form, like the bustle and corset, gives insight into the complexities of dress in the 19th century. This item is one of 137 million artifacts, works of art and specimens in the Smithsonian’s collection. It is not on display.

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