I recently had another opportunity to explore the beautiful Whitworth Art Gallery.
Originally created for the “perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester”, the £15 million development has extended the reach of the gallery far beyond the city boundaries. With the help of positive publicity via social media, it is strengthening Manchester’s place on the map as a vibrant, exciting and cultural city.
I’ve passed the gallery numerous times in the 8 1/2 years I’ve lived in Manchester but the images and excitement surrounding its reopening caught my attention and prompted me to finally pay a visit. It’s a testament to its success that I have been twice since it reopened on Valentine’s Day.
It’s easy to see why it’s so popular. It’s a light, bright, modern space that connects to its surroundings with stunning attention to detail.
The exhibits are visually extravagant and bound to attract attention whatever your interest or understanding of art.
The impact of art galleries is as much about the experiences they create. Sitting in the Art Garden, chatting to my friend, eating ice cream in the sun and marvelling at the effect of the trees visible through the glass walls of the cafe is, for me, the memory that lasts.
The gallery is drawing people to Manchester, demonstrating that you can experience art in unique spaces outside of London and proving that, despite the drizzle, it’s not so grim up North.
The Whitworth Art Gallery: Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER