The Whitworth: A 21st Century Gallery in a Park
|Dates:||24 May 2018|
|Times:||11:00 - 12:00|
|What is it:||Tour|
In 2009, the Whitworth appointed architects MUMA to extend the Gallery. Their objectives were to improve exhibition spaces and facilities, provide increasing access to the collections and reconnect the building to the park. Previously hidden gallery spaces were to be revealed and much of the 1960s interior renovations by John Bickerdike to be preserved.
The Whitworth reopened in 2014 to great acclaim, winning numerous architectural awards and named ArtFund Museum of the Year 2015. The new interiors are spacious, light and airy with superb views both within and to the park beyond. Materials have been chosen with great discrimination. The bold new extensions in brick and glass facing the park are complemented by imaginatively planted gardens creating an open courtyard, a significant feature of the new building.
We are privileged to have as our guide Nicola Walker, Head of Collection Care & Access. During the capital project she was Client Coordinator so will bring to our tour the particular insight gained in this important role. She will take us on a journey through the Gallery’s architectural history, provide insights into MUMA’s creative thinking and how this is expressed in their design.
Current exhibitions at the gallery include a survey of the Turner Prize nominee sculptor Alison Wilding RA, and an immersive film installation by Isaac Julien.
Meet at 11.00 on Thursday 24 May in the foyer of the Whitworth, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/visit/gettinghere/
• The tour is free, voluntary donation to the Whitworth. Numbers are strictly limited, so booking is essential.
• C20 members are given first choice on this event, so please book within seven days of receiving this email.
• To book email C20NW@outlook.com.
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