Exchanges: New Acquisitions

19 February 2022 – February 2023

Exchanges sets art and artists together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.

In this evolving exhibition, art that has recently been acquired by the Whitworth is placed in dialogue with selected works from the existing collection.

Our collection of drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture has historically favoured white male artists, reflecting the traditional narrative of Western art history. In our collecting today, we are trying to rectify the historic imbalance between white male artists and other artists who have been sidelined because they are female, non-white, non-Western, LGBTQ+ or marginalised due to mental health or physical disability.

In Exchanges, recent acquisitions are presented alongside archival documents, showing how what we collect today strives to reflect our society as a whole, rather than a small fraction of it.


Caption: Barry Anthony Finan, YES I WANNT TO DO TRRICKSSERRS, 2016 (detail).
Acquired by support from Nerys Johnson Contemporary Art Fund, and the Friends of the Whitworth, 2018.


Further information:
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 am-5.00 pm
  • Location: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER
  • Getting there: By foot: 20-30 minures from Manchester city centre; By Bike: Sheffield stands and lockers (£1 coin, refundable) both available at the gallery; By Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147 – ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road; By Metrolink: St Peter’s Square (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); Train: Oxford Road (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); By Car: On-street parking (maximum stay, 2 hours) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street
  • Admission is free