The Whitworth at Home
The Whitworth’s founding statement from 1889 is that the gallery and park should be for the 'Perpetual Gratification of the People of Manchester'; even in the extreme circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic, when it has been necessary to close the galleries, we have resolved to continue our activities online so that people can access and take part in our programmes from their homes, workplaces or wherever they find themselves right now.
We want to do this in a way that fulfils our mission to use art for wider social benefit, and this unusual time gives us a chance to reflect on how we do this better, not just for now but also when we re-open our doors. The ambition of our vision was always to create a holistic way of working, where all the many things we do have an effect in people’s lives. These programmes include education, health and social projects alongside artists commissions and the Whitworth’s unique collections – all bringing art, people and ideas together with real purpose.
Our online programme is structured around this vision and these themes. School of Creativity is our programme of education that uses art to develop new ways to learn and live. The Natural Cultural Health Service uses art in innovative ways to increase physical and mental health, with people and partners across the city. Art in Action hosts the project we do with people, communities and organisations with a social change agenda – using artistic and experimental tactics and strategies to have an impact in the world around us.
Alongside these three strands runs the work developing our collections, exhibitions and research. Through this online approach, we will bring this work to the fore in ways that we hope will be relevant, useful, therapeutic or inspirational in this challenging moment and beyond.
Director, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester
Keep up with the activity so far on the hashtag
We’re adding new activities, ideas and resources as we go so watch this space. Some existing The Whitworth at Home highlights include:
Manchester Evening Views
Blog posts from Alistair Hudson, Director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Evening Views – blog
A Place Between the Trees
Weekly blog sharing insights on the Whitworth’s history, collections and future thinking.
A Place Between the Trees – blog
A Walk in the Park
A brand-new podcast series from the Whitworth's Cultural Park Keeper, each episode takes a look at what is happening inside and out at the Whitworth.
A Walk in the Park – podcast
Atelier at Home
Join us every Monday on Instagram for ideas and suggestions on how to create spaces and environments to encourage children to explore for themselves, use their imaginations and be creative with simple materials.
@earlyyearswhitworth – Instagram
The Whitworth Soundcloud | Tuesday Talks
The Tuesday Talks series presenting leading artists, thinkers and curators in contemporary art.
The Whitworth Soundcloud – Tuesday Talks
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Image: The Whitworth, Alex Bernstein Garden, Emily Young, Sculpture, Maremma Warrior Head V, 2011.
Photo: Michael Pollard, 2019