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Age Friendly

Our commitment to arts and culture for older people (50+) in partnership with Age Friendly Manchester.

Age Friendly

 Age Friendly Manchester - Arts and Culture

Cultural organisations across Manchester and Salford, including museums, orchestras, theatres and participatory arts organisations, regularly come together to share ideas, review and develop age-friendly work and explore new partnerships and programmes. The ambition is to create scope and scale through partnership working and in so doing, reach those who participate least in cultural activity.

Find out more about Age Friendly Manchester

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The Whitworth's regular Age Friendly Programme:


Try your hand at a range of traditional skills including textiles, sculpture, printing and many others. Every session is facillitated by an artist who will introduce a different technique. 

Fridays, 2pm - 4pm. FREE.
(Except during school holidays)
Clore Learning Studio, all materials supplied.

20 and 27 April
4, 11 and 18 May
22 and 29 June
6, 13 and 20 July

Booking essential as these sessions are very popular, with a limited number of places available. You will need to book for each session you wish to attend (due to its popularity, you will not be able to book ahead for the whole season of Handmade). To book or for further details on Handmade or any other Age Friendly activities please get in touch with our Age Friendly Coordinator, Claire Cowell.


By email:
By text message: 07776 170 688



Current additional programme includes: 

Processions Project

Our gallery has been chosen as a partner in this national project to celebrate 100 years of SOME women getting the vote.
As part of this national project we are running a series of workshops facilitated by artist Jackie Haynes to create a banner with women ages 50+.
Participants must be free to attend all of the workshops. The final piece produced will then be part of the national march on June 10th. 

Workshop dates:
Tuesday 8 May 10am-2pm (includes lunch)
Friday 11 May 10am-1pm
Tuesday 15 May 10am-1pm
Friday 18 May 10am-1pm
Friday 25 May 10am-1pm
Sunday 10 June All day

There are only 20 spaces available. Book your place with Claire Cowell, our Age Friendly Culture Coordinator, by email at or phone 07776 170 688.
Find out more about Processions.



Age Friendly Culture Research Projects:

A Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men

During the closure of the Whitworth in 2014, we turned our attention to addressing a traditionally under-represented audience within cultural activities, older men. On Friday the 8th of May 2015, the Whitworth played host and participated in a conference developed by MICRA exploring social isolation and older men which also saw the launch of the new publication, A Handbook for Cultural Engagement.

The project was led by Ed Watts, Engagement Manager at the Whitworth, who travelled across the UK researching older men’s participation in cultural activity.  Funded by the Baring Foundation. He launched his findings in this publication designed to provide a foundation for future programmes and methodologies when working with older men.  Drawing on activity across the UK – Burrell for Blokes (Glasgow), Men’s Shed (Rhyl), Green Candle (London), Out in the City (Manchester), Grand Gestures (Gateshead), Live and Learn project (Belfast), the publication outline key findings, including a focus on recruitment (barriers); programming and participation (what kind of activities and models of participation older men would like cultural organisations to offer) and impact (exploring the motivations and self-reported benefits for older men of engaging in cultural group activities). 

The official launch took place at the MICRA event, “Isolation and Older Men: Understanding the Challenge and Developing New Services”.


The publication includes a commissioned work by poet Tony Curry, as seen below.