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With important works by Epstein, Hepworth, Metzger and Borland, the gallery is a great place for contemporary sculpture


The sculpture collection at the Whitworth has grown significantly through recent purchases and generous gifts

Recently acquired works have been installed outside the gallery and in the Whitworth Park, with Bernard Schottlander’s red welded steel sculptures taking up position at the front of the gallery and Gustav Metzger’s Flailing Trees recently re-sited at the centre of the park. These join new commissions by Christine Borland, Nico Vascellari and Nate Lowman, alongside works by Simon Periton, Jacqueline Donachie and Cyprien Gaillard.

The contemplative space of the Alex Bernstein Garden is home to Emily Young’s Maremma Warrior Head V, while the gallery’s new park entrance is signaled by Nathan Coley’s illuminated Gathering of Strangers, installed above the door. Other recently acquired sculptures include those by Dorothy Cross, Nick Evans, Haroon Mirza, Brian Griffiths and Helen Marten. These new additions augment and respond to the gallery’s collection of mid-century British sculpture with important works by Epstein, Hepworth, Moore, Chadwick, Frink, Caro and Paolozzi. The Whitworth looks forward to developing this collection further and showing it in the gallery and in Whitworth Park.

While many of our exhibitions are made up of works in our permanent collection, the Whitworth has nothing on permanent display. Discover our contemporary sculpture for yourself.  Search our collection, or see what’s on at the gallery.


Jacob Epstein, Genesis, 1929-1931 S.1999.1