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Age Friendly

Join our series of stimulating and welcoming events designed by, with and for older people, in partnership with Age Friendly Manchester.

The Whitworth is an age friendly place. Everyone who works with visitors is, for example, trained as a dementia friend, and the gallery is an Age Collective partner.

Find out more about our age friendly research, or use the listings below to see what’s on in the gallery now and join us at one of our sociable events.


Introducing Age Friendly Culture

Over 30 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 Culture 



Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat, and try your hand at a range of traditional skills including woodblock carving, sculpture, printing, watercolour painting and many others. Each month, an artist will introduce a different technique. Every Friday our Clore Learning Studio is open as an Age Friendly art studio, in partnership with Age Friendly Manchester.

Fridays, 2pm - 4pm. FREE.

(Except during school holidays)

Clore Learning Studio, all materials supplied.

Come and try your hand at a range of traditional arts and craft skills from; woodblock carving, sculpture, printing, painting and more. Each season we will focus on a different technique with an artist who will introduce and guide you through the processes. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat as you try these taster sessions, we welcome all skills levels.


Spring term:
12, 19, 26 January and 2, 9 February
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March
Summer term:
20, 27 April and 4, 11, 18 May
15, 22, 29 June and 6, 13 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 Claire Cowell, Age Friendly Cultural Coordinator.
07776 170 688

Follow us on Twitter - @AFMCulture


A Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men

This May here at the Whitworth we have turned our attention to addressing a traditionally under-represented audience within cultural activities, older men. On Friday the 8th of May 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 with Older Men.

The official launch took place at the MICRA event, “Isolation and Older Men: Understanding the Challenge and Developing New Services”. The morning session of the conference focussed on a major report published by Independent Age and the International Longevity Centre UK - Isolation: the emerging crisis for older men. One of the authors of the study – Brian Beach - provided an overview of the findings along with recommendations for challenging loneliness and the implications for local government, the third sector and government itself. The afternoon session then saw the launch and discussion of the new handbook.

Over the last year, Ed Watts, Engagement Manager at the Whitworth has travelled across the UK researching older men’s participation in cultural activity.  Funded by the Baring Foundation, he has now launched his findings in this publication designed to support other organisations and providers by providing 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 publication includes a newly commissioned work by Tony Curry, poet.

To download a copy of this new handbook please follow the link below: