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Grow: Art, park & wellbeing

Improving mental wellbeing

GROW: Art, Park & Wellbeing

GROW is a project that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural activities to improve mental wellbeing of an individual.

Working within our beautifully designed Art Garden by landscape garden designer Sarah Price and within Whitworth Park, participants have the opportunity to learn a variety of horticultural techniques and engage with our collections.

The aim of this project is to help individuals to acquire new skills, rebuild confidence and to provide them with the opportunity to engage with others socially in a safe and culturally inspiring environment.

The sessions run for ten weeks every Tuesday, from 11am – 1pm

The next programme will begin on Tuesday 28 February and will finish on Tuesday 2 May 2017.

For more information on our Grow project, to book a place or to make a referral please contact our Cultural Park Keeper, Francine Hayfron, on 07795 128868.

Lucienne Day – A Sense of Growth
Thursday 13 April, 6pm – 8pm


Best-known for her textiles, Lucienne Day (1917 – 2010) is recognised as a virtuoso pattern designer and colourist. Lucienne Day was an enthusiastic gardener and plant forms inspired many of her textile designs. As part of the nationwide Lucienne Day centenary celebrations, this exhibition opens at the Whitworth on 13 April 2017.

In collaboration with the  Lucienne and Robin Day Foundation, the gallery's GROW project have worked with Paula Day to select works to display from the Whitworth's extensive archive of Lucienne Day designs.

The exhibition will be opened and introduced by the curator Jennifer Harris and Paula Day.  This will be followed by an event at 7pm called Contemporary Floral Art: Art Alive.

Art Alive

This event is part of a series of demonstrations and talks based on contemporary floral art.  Led by international floral designer Craig Bullock, this demonstration will be inspired by the work of Lucienne Day.

Observe Bullock's creative thinking process, from research to realisation, responding to Lucienne Day's designs to create a 3D floral sculpture.