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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


John Akomfrah exhibition – late opening evening
23 March, 6pm-9pm. Free

An opportunity to view our new John Akonfrah exhibition, as part of this special Thursday Late.

Please note prior to our Thursday Lates evening, artist John Akomfrah with be In Conversation. See below for details.


In Conversation: John Akomfrah

Thursday 23 March, 5pm-6.30pm

Free, booking is essential.

Artist John Akomfrah is in conversation with Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth. In advance of the opening of his acclaimed video installation Vertigo Sea, at the gallery, a three-screen film first seen at the Venice Biennale. John Akomfrah is winner of the international contemporary art prize, Artes Mundi 7.

Tickets for this event are now available.

Please follow this Eventbrite booking link >



Thursday Lates: Warhol, Money and Capitalism
30 March, 6pm. Free

From the Factory to Trump Towers, an evening of discussion, politics and performance reflecting on our exhibition, Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol. Art
meets business with a panel discussion from the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester, framed by premiere performances of new compositions by Masters students from Manchester University Music Department which will take place within the exhibition itself. Throughout the night our Café in the Trees will be serving a selection of food and drinks.

6pm – Premiere performances of compositions for instruments and electronics

7pm – Warhol, Money and Capitalism panel discussion

8pm – Premiere performances of compositions for instruments and electronics


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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If you have an idea that brings art, people and ideas together and think it would make a great Thursday Late, please fill in our proposal form here.