Manchester has been missing a very important part of its cultural scene for the last year and a half but with very good reason! The Whitworth Art Gallery closed in September 2013 for a major redevelopment project, but the long wait is finally over and the Whitworth opens it’s doors on Valentines day. And we can’t wait to see all the changes!
Promising to make us ‘fall in love again’ with the Whitworth, the opening celebrations this Valentines day will see not only the launch of the inaugural exhibition, a retrospective of British contemporary artist Cornelia Parker, but also a host of weekend activities for all the family kicking off from 10am.
With lots to look forward to, here are our recommendations for what to do on this very exciting launch on Valentines day!
10am – 12pm Baby Brass:
One for even the youngest of art lovers in your family! Northern Brass, the award winning brass quintet, will create an interactive musical experience to celebrate the arrival of the new building.
12pm Outdoor Art Walk:
We’re looking forward to the Outdoor Art Walk with curator Bryony Bond and Cultural Park Keeper Francine Hayfron where we will get to explore the works of art (both old and new) in Whitworth Park. This will be the first introduction to the brand new Art Garden and Orchard Garden which have been designed by Sarah Price, the was co-designer of the Olymic Park gardens in London.
1.30pm-2.30pm Cornelia Parker in conversation (BSL interpreted):
Cornerlia Parker’s work transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Hear first hand about her work and the development of her special collaboration with University of Manchester scientists for her exhibition at the Whitworth. The in coverstation will be led by the Whitworths director Maria Balshaw with curator Mary Griffiths and will include a Q&A with the audience.
6.30pm-7.30pm Whitworth Young Contemporaries
In collaboration with hip hop band Mouse Outift the Whitworth Young Contemporaries will stage aa performance and workshop aimed at young people.
7.30pm-8.30pm Video Jam
We love Video Jam for introducing us to some of the most exciting filmaker and musicians in Manchester. We are very much looking forward to their offering for the Whitworth relaunch which will respond to the building and its collection.
We hope you are looking forward to the opening as much as we are! If you want to find out more take a look at the Whitworth website and why not check out their Instagram for some sneak peeks and behind the scenes photos in the run up.