Hire the Gallery
The Whitworth Art Gallery is available to hire for events. The gallery is set in a historic park and houses an internationally important fine art, textile and wallpaper collection. By choosing the Whitworth for your event you can enjoy both the greenery of the outside and the diversity of our collections. The gallery has recently become licenced to hold weddings and civil partnerships.
If you would like further information on booking your event at the Whitworth please read the FAQ’s below and then contact: email@example.com or 0161 275 7463.
What you should know:
The spaces we have available for events change with each exhibition we have on display. We normally have four exhibitions a year. This means if you book your event in advance the space you hire may look different than it did on your initial site visit. We will do our best to inform you when booking your event the theme of the exhibition on display and how the space will appear. However, as an art gallery, things can often change and are out of control of the events team. A list of the available spaces will be sent to you when you enquire relating the specific dates you have requested.
Improving the gallery and changes ahead:
The Whitworth was recently awarded £8million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards an extension designed by leading architects MUMA:
This development will transform the gallery with an elegant 21st-century extension that will double the size of the public space at the gallery. An art garden will be created and new main entrance will welcome visitors directly from Whitworth Park. Other improvements include:
• A new North Wing will embrace the park, housing a Landscape Gallery
• A new study centre
• A promenade gallery will lead to the South Wing, comprising a new café and a Learning Studio opening into the art garden
• Exhibition spaces on the first floor will be revitalised
• Edwardian staircases will be opened up creating a spectacular prelude to the Grand Hall
• Three large barrel ceiling exhibition galleries will also increase the gallery space, including new windows that will open up views across Whitworth Park.
How do these changes affect hiring the gallery?
Please note we are only taking any bookings up to July 2013. During 2013 we will only book events a short period in advance to ensure they are not affected by the building works. We are expecting the work to be completed by Spring 2014.
After 2014 we will have new event spaces and be able to take bookings further in advance.
Can I have my wedding at the gallery?
The Whitworth is now licenced to hold weddings and civil partnerships. We can hold weddings and civil partnerships on Fridays and Saturdays during our normal opening hours.
We have a separate price list and guide to weddings at the Whitworth.
Do you offer any discounts?
Departments of the University of Manchester paying by internal transfer attract a discount of 20%. We also offer a 20% charity discount at the event team’s discretion.
Is there VAT on the prices quoted?
VAT is not currently charged on hire of rooms within University premises.
Do you have car parking?
We have no onsite public car parking for events. Details of public transport routes to the gallery and local car parks can be found at:
Can I use my own caterers?
Outside catering isn’t allowed in the gallery and our own onsite caterers – the Modern Caterer must be used. They can be contacted through Helen Barber the Operations Manager on 07894139959 or Helen@themoderncaterer.co.uk who will be happy to send you menus and prices. The Modern Caterer’s website can be found at:
Do you have meeting spaces available?
Unfortunately we no longer have our meeting rooms or Lecture Theatre available to hire. We now only hire out our gallery spaces.
What kind of events are your gallery spaces suitable for?
They are suitable for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, small lunches, talks, presentations, dinners, drinks receptions and networking events.
They work best outside of our opening hours but please speak with our event team to discuss your requirements further.
What will the cost be for my event?
We have a general price list and a list of wedding slots and prices. These will be sent to you when you make an initial enquiry. However we cannot give you a full costing until we know the exact timings and set up/take down required for your event.
What equipment do you have available for events?
We have the following items available to hire for events: PA system, laptop, data projector, projection screen, flip chart and pens.There is usually an additional cost for these items.
Do you have a technician available to support my event?
We do not have a dedicated onsite technician available for events. If you require technical support for your event we can source a technician for you at an additional cost.
Can I use my own flowers for my event?
Yes you can bring your own flowers in. However we have a set of guidelines available if you intend to do this which our events team will supply you with.