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Opening Weekend

Spend the Valentine’s weekend with us - and fall in love again with a gallery that has been utterly transformed

Fall in love again: the Whitworth’s opening weekend

The Whitworth reopened on 14 February 2015. And to celebrate the gallery’s development – alongside ten opening exhibitions, new commissions indoors and out, and the remarkable achievements of MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects) – we put together a Valentine weekend’s worth of art, music, talks, walks, performance, literature, family fun and a fire and light show.

Our opening weekend kicked off on Saturday 14 February at 10am.

We introduced all of our new spaces, from the new landscape wing (housing a brand new commission by leading Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang) to the beautiful café in the trees. Throughout the day, our curators will give talks in the galleries, while Northern Brass stage an interactive musical experience for kids, Cornelia Parker discusses the work she has created for our opening, Video Jam and the Hallé Youth Choir put on performances, and the author Jeanette Winterson looks at art.

The day ended in exuberant fashion – with a fire and light show followed by a night of performance art (from Nico Vascellari in collaboration with the French musician, Ghédalia Tazartès), and an after party led by legendary Manchester DJ, Dave Haslam.

The celebrations continued all day on Sunday 15 February starting with sunrise yoga at 7.15am – followed by more talks, including one by our architects, MUMA, art walks, a family-focused art picnic (indoors, in our new Grand Hall) and the premiere of Whitworth Letters, a new, immersive work by Manchester Camerata’s composer-in-residence, Laura Bowler.

Best of all, everything over our opening weekend was completely free.

A special Valentine’s weekend for Manchester to fall in love again with a gallery that has been utterly transformed.