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Exchanges: Recent Additions to the Collection

19 February 2022 – 21 May 2023

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 to 2023) in which works are regularly exchanged and displays refreshed, revealing the gallery’s recent acquisitions alongside existing collection works.

The display reflects on the history of the collection and shares our vision for its future. Recently, we have been acquiring work that expands, enriches, and troubles its contents, departing from a narrow art history that privileges white male artists.

This iteration of Exchanges includes a special focus on contemporary textile art by women artists from South Asia and the British South Asian diaspora, collected through the Art Fund New Collecting Award awarded to previous Assistant Curator Uthra Rajgopal in 2019.

Online Events 2022
In Conversation | New Collecting Award

Hear from South Asian & British South Asian women artists whose work has joined the Whitworth's collection through the New Collecting Award in our series of online panel discussions across 2022. 

New event | PANEL 3

Wednesday 30 November, 2-4pm GMT
Free, please book, see details below

Madi Acharya-Baskerville (UK)
Yasmin Jahan Nupur (Bangladesh)
Rakhi Peswani (India)

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Series reference

Past event | PANEL 1

Wednesday 8 June, 2-4pm BST
Artpro (Bangladesh)
Suman Gujral (UK)
Rehana Mangi (Pakistan)

Past event | PANEL 2

Thursday 8 September, 2-4pm BST
Bharti Parmar (UK)
Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai (India)
Bharti Parmar (UK)


19 February 2022 – 21 May 2023

Dates for previous iterations of the Exchanges exhibition:
2 July 2021 – 6 February 2022
16 September 2020 – 4 November 2020
24 March 2018 – 17 March 2020

Image: Bharti Parmar, Coronavirus in Black and White, (detail), 2020-21
Image courtesy of the Whitworth, The University of Manchester © Bharti Parmar