Eclectic late-night openings until 9pm every Thursday, with music, performances, talks and screenings
Start the weekend early with our Thursday Lates – a series of sociable, after work and late night openings that are the perfect place to meet up with friends, explore the gallery and enjoy a specially curated selection of talks, performances, film screenings, live music and artist interventions.
Thursdays, 6pm-9pm. All events are FREE - unless otherwise stated
AD HOC Dance
Thursdays 5 April - 24 May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Ad Hoc will be resident at the Whitworth, responding to art in the park. Over this 8-week course you will be creating new outdoor choreography for a performance on the 24 May
This 8-week course is £72/ £64 concessions. Payable to course leader, Ruth Jones on week one (it is possible to pay weekly on request).
19 April, 6pm. *Sold Out*
A celebration of letterform in everyday spaces, featuring 26 limited edition screenprint posters, spanning a full alphabet, created by designers from the UK, North America, Europe and the Middle East.
The evening will include an auction of one full set of posters, with proceeds gifted to Mustard Tree and Printed By us.
Letterspace has been kindly supported by Slater Harrison, the Paper Collaborative, Dan Mather Screenprint, Dalton Maag, Blush Publishing, Manchester School of Art and Alphabet Brewing Co.
Letterspace designers: Lawrence Alcock, Marian Bantjes, Lucy Biggs, Lise Brian, Tony Brook, Anthony Burrill, Andy Cooke, Vicky Carr, Oded Ezer, Dan Forster presented the work of his late-father Tony Forster, Jo Glover, Tilly Goodier-Page, Jon Hill, Jonathan Hitchen, Sarah Hyndman, Marie Jones, Corin Kennington, Lakwena Maciver, Radomir Mikulas, Craig Oldham, Angela Roche, Dave Sedgwick, Paula Scher, Lord Whitney, Jim Williams, Hannah Wood
Here and Now
Take a tour of the Whitworth through music and art.
17 May, 6.30pm. Tickets £11.80, early bird £6.50.
A unique event where visual art and music sit side by side, sparking your imagination and enticing you to look again, with new eyes. Showcasing four new pieces inspired by our collection, Psappha invites you on a musical adventure through the gallery, stopping off along the way to experience each new work performed live by world-class musicians.
Film, photos and animation also inspire the rest of the programme. Played alongside Joshua Frankel’s award-winning film, Plan of the City imagines the architecture of New York blasting off into outer space and resettling on Mars!
5 Hofer Photographs takes inspiration from Evelyn Hofer’s eclectic photos of 1960s Dublin which will be projected as part of the performance, and History of the World in Seven Acts prompts the viewer/listener to experience the natural ebb and flow between colourful geometric animation and music.
This performance, supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme, is promoted by Rachel Swanick as part of the Here and Now wellbeing project.
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Oh Sh*t..What Now?
24 May, 7pm. Free
This event, for the student, graduate, and young creative, will revolve around Manchester-based designer Craig Oldham’s latest project, Oh Sh*t… What Now? After working and teaching, mentoring and developing young talent for the past decade, Oldham has collated his experiences and advice on entering the creative industry and what to do when you get there.
Oh Sh*t… What Now? attempts to make a genuine and honest attempt at bridging the gap into the creative industry. And though many might think this was an already well discussed topic, the reality is that the problem is almost never fully addressed in a meaningful, insightful, human manner. The majority of advice available to young and aspiring creatives is a sort-of feedback loop of inane maxims and idle advice, constantly spinning the same strained clichés.
Craig's aim is to try and remedy this. In his honest and direct (Yorkshire) manner.
Craig Oldham is a UK-based designer, educator and writer. He has produced design work for film, TV, retail, publishing, sports and entertainment. His work has been recognised nationally and internationally by D&AD, the Creative Review Annual, Art Directors Club, New York Festivals, Design Week, Type Directors Club, Benchmark Awards, Big Chip Awards, Fresh, and The Drum Awards to name just a few. Craig Oldham has also been named by his peers in the creative industry as one of the most influential designers working in the UK.
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