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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


The Art of Wallpaper
6 October, 6pm - 8pm. Free

Celebrate International Wallpaper Week and 70 years of award wining British design and manufacturing with Graham & Brown as they present an evening of workshops, conversations and music. From the psychology of colour, live painting and CAD development to a DJ set from The Music Curators in our café in the trees all evening.

Hand Painting
Join the talented designers from Graham & Brown as they spend the evening free hand painting and drawing. You can have the chance to ask for hint and tips before trying your own hand at creating a masterpiece.

The Psychology of Colour
Research has taught us how much influence the colours of the world have on our day to day life and outlook. Allow Paula, G&B’s colour and trends expert to help you create a room of tranquillity in your home, whilst you colour your stress away.

Computer Aided Design
Learn how can you use a computer to optimise your design for commercial use. Allow Jody, Graham & Brown’s Junior stylist, to show you how to recolour and put your design into a pattern repeat suitable for wallpaper, textiles and more.


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.



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