21 November 2023 – 24 November 2024

The Whitworth holds an outstanding collection of over 60,000 items, across art, textiles, and wallpaper. This display presents over 20 recent additions alongside existing collection works to reflect on the history of the collection and share our vision for its future.

Spanning from the 1490s to 2021, the display consists of paintings, photography, prints, drawings, as well as stitched, printed and woven textiles. It reflects the increasing diversity of the Whitworth’s collection, as we work to expand understandings of identity, place, creative expression, and global art histories.

Highlights include works by Artpro Art Initiative, Simeon Barclay, William Blake, Li Yuan-chia, Lucienne Day, Althea McNish, Jade Montserrat, Yasmin Jahan Nupur, Marcantonio Ramondi, and the ABC Wax Archive, the last surviving industrial design archive of a Manchester textile printing company.


Caption; Artpro Art Initiative, Rainy Season, detail, 2019-2020. © Artpro Art Initiative
Courtesy: The Whitworth, The University of Manchester


Further information:
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 am-5.00 pm;  open until 9.00 pm on Thursdays
  • 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