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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

Whitworth Studies
Dr Nicholas Cullinan: Directing the National Portrait Gallery
23 February, 6.30pm. Free, no need to book

Join us for a special evening with Dr Nicholas Cullinan to hear about his experiences as Director of the National Portrait Gallery. This talk is part of our free Whitworth Studies Programme and open to all. Click here to find out more.

Wonder Women: Drawing from the Wider World
9 March, 6pm-9pm. Free

An evening of live music, discussion and images with Deanna Petherbridge. Alongside our current exhibition of her pen and ink drawings dealing with architecture as metaphor and narrative, Deanna Petherbridge will talk about the places and spaces she has encountered during her travels across the Middle East, South and East Asia during a long career. Live performances from Asian female musicians will accompany images from Deanna's archive.
Part of Wonder Women Festival.

Poets & Players
6 April, 7pm. Free

Poets & Players’ events combine poetry with music, promoting emerging and local voices and gifted musicians based in the North West alongside poets of high national reputation. Imaginative programming emphasises variety in both poetic and musical style.

Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist who lectures at the University of Birmingham. His first collection won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005 and his second made him the youngest writer to be shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007. His 5th, Cain, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2016. In 2014 he was named one of the Next Generation Poets by the Poetry Book Society in their once per-decade list. His first novel, The Transition, was published by 4th Estate in 2017

Matthew Welton lectures in creative writing at the University of Nottingham. His writing practice includes collaborations with musicians, visual artists and other writers. His interest in poetry has to do with explorations of the sounds of words and the possibilities of repetition. He has published three books with Carcanet Press and has won an Eric Gregory Award, the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prize, and second place in the Arvon Poetry Competition.

Michael Brailey is a producer, composer and vocalist currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is the curator of VIRTUALLYREALITY, an event series which champions and commissions new electronic and acoustic music. His own music has been performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and The Aurora Orchestra in venues across the UK, including the Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Sage Gateshead, Whitworth Art Gallery, The Royal College of Music and Birmingham Symphony Hall.


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