Events outdoors and in, for families, art lovers, and friends.
Find out what events are taking place and what's coming up.
Portrait of a Poet
Thursday 5 October
Join us for an evening of live performance art from multi-award-winning artist Princess Arinola Adegbite, about the ways we perform for love and acceptance. Mixing opera, poetry, and art instructions.
Mark your calendars for Thursday 5 October 5, 7-8pm, when Portrait of a Poet the live performance breakthrough from multi-award-winning artist Princess Arinola Adegbite (P.A.BITEZ) is released. Portrait of a Poet is closing the Manchester Independents programme funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The performance art show is premiering at Manchester’s artistic hub, the Whitworth, as a part of their Thursday Lates for only one spectacular night inside the Grand Hall.
Book your place via Eventbrite
Still Parents workshops
Still Parents is the Whitworth’s award-winning programme to support parents who have experienced the loss of a baby in pregnancy or just after birth.
Explore your experiences of baby loss through art with the help and guidance of an artist alongside support from the Manchester Sands charity. Making is at the heart of these sessions as participants are introduced to new techniques and skills whilst surrounded by people who understand.
Workshops are scheduled once a month, on a Thursday evening or Sunday afternoon.
Sessions are FREE, and booking is essential.
Please click the link below for more information, dates, and booking details.
World Menopause Day
Creative Menopause Workshops
Join us at the Whitworth and get creative about your menopause journey with a range of FREE drop-in activities at the gallery, including Collage, Mindful Art, Drawing, and Zumba.
Wednesday 18 October 2023 – World Menopause Day!
To book in advance and secure your FREE place, please click the booking link below.
Permissible Beauty | Film and Q&A
Whose lives are celebrated in our national story and whose are overlooked?
Why are some forms of beauty more permissible, and more highly valued, than others?
How might we start a new chapter of British beauty?
Permissible Beauty, a short film screened throughout 2023 in film festivals, museums and galleries, addresses these questions through an interrogation of portraiture, heritage and belonging.
Permissible Beauty – Film screening and Q&A with David McAlmond and Robert Taylor
Thursday 2 November, 6-9pm, FREE
Please book click the link below for details.
Live Events Programme
Economics the Blockbuster – It's not Business as Usual
As part of our current exhibition Economics the Blockbuster, we have a live programme of FREE events taking place at the Whitworth throughout the summer.
These events are your opportunity to find out more and explore the projects, artworks, and artists in the exhibition.
Natural Cultural Health Service
The Natural and Cultural Health Service (NCHS) is a programme of outdoor activities that promote good physical and mental wellbeing. From Meditating in Nature to Gardening for good health (GROW), at the Whitworth we have something for everyone, every week.
Visit our Get Involved NCHS page for full details
The Grey Area Writing Group & Book Club
The Grey Area is a monthly event for trans and queer writers and book lovers. Events will take place in person, in the Office Arté Util space at the Whitworth.
The Grey Area events are held on the first Thursday of the Month.
Please click this link to find out more and to book your FREE place.
Come and discover, create and learn together at the Whitworth.
All our family activities are FREE and are designed to enable you to enjoy a fun visit – check the link below to find out what’s on offer.
Queer Theory Reading Group
This reading group is open to all who have an interest in exploring, discussing, digesting, and critiquing queer theory.
Book your FREE place on Eventbrite, click the link for full details.
Monica Pearl's Queer Salon
Monthly discussions are held at the gallery, around particular questions in queer culture.
Please book your FREE place on Eventbrite, see dates and full details via the link below.
Part of the (Un)Defining Queer exhibition events programme.
Manchester Sacred Harp
Join Manchester Sacred Harp for an afternoon of uplifting social singing. Our door is open – sit and sing with us if you want to give it a try – or pop in to listen.
On various Sundays, 2-4.30pm, FREE, drop-in.
Click the link for dates and full details.
Students from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester perform in our South Gallery overlooking Whitworth Park.
Sunday Concerts 2023
Autumn 2023 concert dates will be confirmed closer to the time.
Check this listing link for more details.
What's on in the area
One of the joys of a visit to Manchester is the fact that this is a compact city that’s easy to get around – you’re never far from another great place to visit.