Althea McNish: Colour is Mine
The Whitworth is pleased to announce Althea McNish: Colour is Mine, the first major retrospective of Althea McNish (1924-2020). McNish was the first Caribbean designer to achieve international recognition and one of the most influential and innovative textile designers in the UK.
21 October 2022 – 23 April 2023
Still Parents: Life after Baby Loss
Still Parents is the Whitworth’s programme to support families who have experienced the loss of a baby in pregnancy and just after birth.
This pioneering ‘constituent led’ exhibition showcases works from the gallery's extensive collection, selected by participants, alongside the artworks they created in the Still Parents workshops.
Opening Friday 24 September 2021 – 4 December 2022
Wallpapers began arriving at the Whitworth in 1967 and today we house a collection of around 10,000 examples. Framed by living memory, the exhibition evokes a time from World War II through to the gradual removal of wallpaper from homes in the 1990s.
26 November 2021 – 26 February 2023
Slow Down, You’re Doing Fine
In our attention economy, taking time out to meditate on a single object can be a radical act of self-care. This exhibition invites you to spend time getting to know one or two paintings in detail.
14 October 2022 – 10 September 2023
Suzanne Lacy: The Circle and the Square
The Circle and the Square is a beautiful, deeply moving film and sound installation. Set in Brierfield Mill in Pendle, Lancashire, and bringing together Sufi chanting with shape-note singing, it addresses how the demise of the textile industry impacted communities living in the area.
26 November 2021 – 29 January 2023
Exchanges: Recent Additions to the Collection
Exchanges sets art and artist together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.
This is an evolving exhibition (running from 2018-2023) in which works are regularly exchanged and displays refreshed, revealing the gallery’s recent acquisitions alongside existing collection works.
19 February 2022 – 21 May 2023
Dates for previous iterations of the Exchanges exhibition:
2 July 2021 – 6 February 2022
16 Sept 2020 – 4 November 2020 (Closed due to Covid-19 lockdown 3)
24 March 2018 – 17 March 2020 (Closed due to Covid-19 lockdown 1)
Global Arts Manchester #cre8
Our creativity and energy are our synergy and unity. We have to make art.
Global Arts Manchester aka GAM, started in 2016 working with community partners and resident groups to give space and access to local and diverse people, especially in support of women and artists on low incomes.
7 July – 4 December 2022
Office of Arte Útil
In November 2021 the Whitworth launched the Office of Arte Útil, a new permanent public space that activates the gallery’s mission to use art for positive social change.
From 26 November 2021 – ongoing
Standardisation and Deviation: The Whitworth Story
Standardisation is a theme that is woven throughout this exhibition, telling the history of the Whitworth and the development of its diverse and internationally significant collections.
23 July 2022 – 6 August 2023
Previous running dates for this exhibition:
14 December 2019 – 17 March 2020 (Closed due to COVID 19, Lockdown 1)
16 September 2020 – 4 November 2020 (Closed due to COVID 19, Lockdown 3)
2 July 2021 – June 2022 (Artwork and display changeover)
A permanent commission in Whitworth Park by artist Anya Gallaccio, exploring themes of loss, memory and physical presence in both nature and architecture.