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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


Rainbow Makers
27 October, 6.30 - 10.30pm

For one night only Manchester will radiate in the glow of Danish born, London-based artist Tine Bech’s Rainbow Makers - the art treasure hunt for grown-ups. Teams of up to 8 people, wearing the artist’s own specially designed multi-coloured light vests, will generate a gigantic rainbow projection on the walls of the gallery by finding seven of the Whitworth’s most iconic objects.

Sign-up for one of the 45 minute slots in advance and book your chance to demolish darkness and discover the sparkling gems of the collection. No experience, equipment or expertise needed just enthusiasm and the desire to be part of the magic.

Rainbow Makers at the Whitworth is part of Museums at Night, the UK's twice-yearly festival of Lates.

NB This event is for audiences of 18+

Entry to the Whitworth and the Thursday Lates event is free, however to register in advance to play Rainbow Makers you must book an Eventbrite ticket costing £2.75.



Edmund de Waal: The Annual Pilkington Lecture
Thursday 10 November, 6.30pm
(Wine reception, 6pm)

‘Give it shadow enough: Art and memory’

Edmund de Waal is an artist and writer. Born in Nottingham in 1964, de Waal is best known for his large scale installations of porcelain vessels which are informed by his passion for architecture, space and sound.  His work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the UK, including Manchester.
His family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), has won many literary prizes and has been translated into over 30 languages. His second book, The White Road was published in 2015. Other works include The Pot Book (2011), 20th century ceramics (2003) and de Waal’s critical study on Bernard Leach (1997).
He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and is a Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Tickets (ESSENTIAL) from Friends of the Whitworth contact
Lecture & Supper £48 per ticket
Lecture only £13

Student Lecture only tickets are free with your Student ID Card - pre-booked tickets are essential.

More information about the Lecture & Supper can be found here




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