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Art from the Friends
The Friends of the Whitworth was founded by the gallery’s remarkable Director and artist Margaret Pilkington in 1933 for ‘enriching the collections through the purchase of works of art’.
Since then The Friends have raised considerable funds to buy many of the finest works in the Whitworth’s collection.
Here we share with you a selection of those works, with art by Paul Klee, David Hockney, Anne Wilson and many others. Most recently, we’ve helped to buy the video Ashes by Turner Prize and Academy Award winner Steve McQueen. We’ve also bought Narrow Interlock by Nina Chua, a young Manchester artist, through the generosity of Cosmo Rodewald who gave money to ‘purchase modern art by living artists’. You’ll also find works that The Friends have helped to buy on display in the rest of the gallery.