Work Redisplay

20 August – 27 December 2020

The Gallery has been working together online during lock-down to re-imagine Gallery 7 around the theme of ‘Work’. In response to the Covid-19 crisis and as people return to their jobs we are questioning the return of ‘business as usual’. The crisis has revealed the underlying unfairness of an economic system that only really works for the very few, following years of austerity and under-investment in public services that made people’s lives more precarious already. Our key workers are needed now more than ever but are often some of the lowest paid, most vulnerable workers in society.

The Gallery is working with artist Suzanne Lacy on a project called Uncertain Futures, co-researching with a group of older women of colour what has been revealed by Covid-19 and re-visiting a work by Lacy from 2013 called Cleaning Conditions, which will be on display soon. The gallery has started the change by purchasing Craig Oldham’s poster Key Workers for the publicly-owned collection for the publicly-owned collection and displayed it in Gallery 7 along with a selection of work related art to begin exploring questions about Work in the past, present and future.


Caption: Work by Ford Madox Brown (Public Domain)


Further information
  • Restricted opening times Wednesday – Sunday 11.00 am–4.00pm. Booking is essential
  • Location Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
  • How to get there: By Metrolink – St Peter’s Square or Market Street stations are the nearest Metrolink stations-both are on the Altrincham and Eccles lines; By Bus – Nearest bus stops are in Piccadilly Gardens or on Princess Street; By Train – to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria stations – take the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to Market Street or St Peter’s Square; By Car – parking is available at the NCP car parks on Chepstow Street, Faulkner Street or Sackville Street – all are within five minutes of the gallery
  • Further information 0161 235 8888