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Thursday Lates

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 

WYC Speaks: In Black and White
Thursday 26 October, 6-8pm, free

Join the Whitworth Young Contemporaries (WYC) for an evening of discussion, poetry and workshops to celebrate Black History Month. 

Chaired by Pat Farrell, the panel will discuss race, diversity and issues growing up in Manchester today. The event will kick off with a set from poet Isaiah Hull.

Panel members will include: Kemoy Walker, Youth Worker and Youth Ambassador in Moss Side Philipa from WYC, a representative of the Manchester Youth Council and a curator from The Whitworth.

6pm: Poetry from Isaiah Hull
6:30-7:30pm: Panel Discussion 
7:30- 9pm: Workshops 

This event coincides with our exhibition Steve McQueen: Ashes. Ashes (2002-2015), a double video projection, tells the story of a young Caribbean man known by this name. On one screen we see a film portrait of him, young and handsome, standing on the prow of a boat.
The other side of this screen shows the building of Ashes' tomb after he has been murdered by drug dealers on the island. Life, death, despair and hope are presented by McQueen in this perfectly crafted elegy. 

Drinks are available in the Whitworth Cafe from a paid bar.


Excavating the Reno
Thursday 23 November, 6-9pm, free

An evening of stories and music celebrating the people and energy of the Reno, 1971-1981. Since, October 2016 Linda Brogan has filmed personal memoirs of the demolished subcultural Moss Side cellar club, the Reno.  

To mark the excavation of the Reno, the Whitworth will hand over it’s spaces to the Reno’s community as they project their stories, huge across gallery walls, install their artifacts as statues and blast their music at a pop-up Reno bar. Through these interventions, Linda is questioning, who cultural institutions are for, who has been excluded, and what stories haven't previously been given space?  

“Memoirist, family, friends, online audience, will swarm, noisy, laughing, glasses in hand, the building will belongs to us.” Linda Brogan

For more information on the Reno and to watch the memoirs visit:

South Asian Modernists 1953-63
7 December, 6pm. Free

A colourful evening exploring the work of South Asian artists at Gallery One, London between 1953-63. Join curators, gallerists and the artists families for an informal panel discussion exploring the creating atmosphere created by Victor Musgrave.


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