Quingo Scooters once again takes you to one of the UK’s incredible attractions as part of our Accessible Attractions series. Travelling to the North West of England; we’re exploring one of the most impressive art galleries.
The Whitworth is a £15 million development that transformed the existing gallery by adding a fully integrated surrounding park. Since first opening in 1889, The Whitworth has been a gallery in a park – a space to learn and try new things.
As part of the University of Manchester, The Whitworth is considered a place of research and academic collaboration. Contemporary exhibition programmes have given a new lease of life to international collections; it is one of the most remarkable galleries in the north. With plenty to see and do, we bring you the best bits:
- Beyond Borders – explores South Asian textiles bringing together four artists working on issues around post-colonial identity, ruptured spaces, authenticity, displacement and belonging.
- Lucienne Day – an enthusiastic gardener inspired by plant forms in many of her textile designs. As part of the nationwide Lucienne Day centenary celebrations, an exhibition has been opened at The Whitworth.
- John Akomfrah – the acclaimed video installation Vertigo Sea, a three-screen film, first seen at the 56th Venice Biennale.
- Barbara Brown – Barbara Brown was the golden girl of Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s.
- Anya Gallaccio – as a new permanent commission in Whitworth Park, exploring themes of loss, memory and physical presence in both nature and architecture.
As well as current exhibitions, The Whitworth has more upcoming:
- Cozens and Cozens – father and son, Alexander and John Robert Cozens, were influential watercolour painters of the 18th
- Cornelia Parker: Verso – Cornelia Parker has always been attracted to the backs and undersides of things. While the front presents a conscious and recognisable face to the world, the back is often disorganised.
- Raqib Shaw – a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Raqib Shaw examining real and imagined spaces between the East and West.
Opening times and entry
The Whitworth gallery is open Monday to Wednesday 10am – 5pm, Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday to Sunday 10am – 5pm. The gallery is closed on 24, 25 and 26 December 2017, as well as 1 January 2018. The gallery will remain open as usual on all other bank holidays. Entry is free of charge.
For more information on opening times, visit the website here.
The gallery is fully accessible, including new and improved facilities for all visitors. Included in the facilities are accessible toilets and lifts. Parking is located in numerous places around the gallery area. Denmark Road is directly adjacent to the gallery, it has step-free access to both the Park Side and Oxford Road entrances. There are a total of five accessible bays, nine spaces for car/bus drop-off and seven double yellow line areas, which can be used by blue badge holders.
The three gallery designated accessible bays are directly beside the Park entrance along Denmark Road. There is a short step-free path from the park gates to the gallery entrance.
There are two additional accessible bays further along Denmark Road, if visitors are using these they can enter the gallery through the main gates. This includes shallow gradient ramps.
For more accessibility information visit the website here.
The gallery is located close to the city centre of Manchester. It is on a major bus route ad easily reached via public transport. It is 20-30 minutes away from Manchester city centre. By bus the best routes to take are: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143 and 147. Visitors are advised to ask for the bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road. Visitors travelling by train should travel into Oxford Road, the nearest train station. By car, visitors should aim for the centre of Manchester, then for Oxford Road. Parking is available around the venue; the nearest car park is on Cecil Street.
For more travel information, visit the website here.
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