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Inside Manchester Art Gallery March–June Free entry Don’t miss Anish Kapoor’s major new exhibition

Winner: Large Visitor Attraction of the Year England’s Northwest Tourism Awards 2010

Welcome Whether you’ve got 10 minutes, all day, are on your own or have the children with you, we’d love to see you. You don’t have to like everything inside. And you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy a visit. It’s your gallery It’s free. And it’s in the heart of Manchester. What’s inside? Our collection is made up of paintings, drawings, sculpture and decorative art. We’re probably most famous for our Pre-Raphaelite paintings, but displays cover all periods, including what’s happening now. Where to start? Check out our Manchester Gallery for an introduction to


the city’s rich artistic history. Borrow a new audioguide for just £2, pick up a free highlights leaflet and follow a short trail or collect a floorplan and just wander. Relax over lunch or a coffee Choose from tea and cake, a tasty salad, a quick sandwich or freshly prepared hot dishes in our friendly cafe and selfservice restaurant. There are some great tasting children’s options too, from homemade fish fingers to a pick-and-mix lunchbox.

The art of shopping Take home your favourite painting as a postcard or print. Splash out on something special such as handcrafted jewellery. Pick up an Anish Kapoor catalogue or book as a souvenir of our exhibition. And keep the kids happy with pocket-money priced gifts from our gallery shop. All your purchases help support the gallery, so thank you for shopping and eating with us.

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Anish Kapoor


From the Arts Council Collection 5 March–5 June Don’t miss this major exhibition of Anish Kapoor’s work, on show in Manchester before touring the UK. The internationally renowned artist, who creates sensual and beguiling sculptures from pigment, stone, polished stainless steel and wax,

presents early works from the Arts Council Collection alongside more recent work. Manchester Art Gallery is the launch venue for this Hayward Touring exhibition, curated and organised by the Arts Council Collection.

Above: White Sand, Red Millet, Many Flowers, 1982, Anish Kapoor. Wood, cement and pigment. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist 2011 Cover: Turning the World Inside Out, 1995, Anish Kapoor. Photo: John Riddy. Courtesy Lisson Gallery © the artist

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What’s new at Manchester Art Gallery

Exporting Beauty Pilkington’s Pottery and Tiles Until 9 October Discover around 100 beautiful art pots and tiles made by the world famous Pilkington’s Tile and Pottery Company between 1893 and 1938. A must-see for lovers of the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. Inspired by… 21 May–17 July See the ten winning artworks from our Inspired by… competition displayed alongside the original works that inspired them. Inspired by… is conceived by the V&A to celebrate Adult Learners Week and Museums and Galleries Month.

Above left: Ginger jar and lid 1911 Made by Pilkington’s Tile and Pottery Company Ltd. Above centre: Jane Austen in E17, 2009 © Grayson Perry. Courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Above right: The Letter, 1925, Gwen John. Gift of Mr Charles Lambert Rutherson.


Grayson Perry Visual Dialogues Until 12 February 2012 We’ve recently bought a striking vase and print by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. See both pieces on show alongside historic costume, prints and ceramics in a thought-provoking new display, co-curated by a group of young people and artist Jim Medway. We’ve been able to purchase Grayson Perry’s Jane Austen in E17 and Print for a Politician thanks to generous support from The Goldstone and Livingstone Family Trusts in memory of their parents’ friendship, the Art Fund and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund. Visual Dialogues: young people and artists interpreting art together. (can this first credit be the same size as the funding credit above, then text below smaller) As part of the Visual Dialogues programme, jointly funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Education (DfE), Strategic Commissioning.

New entrance hall displays From April From late spring, you’ll find a new display of paintings and sculptures on the stairway and balcony of the entrance hall. The works all show how 18th, 19th and 20th century artists (including Tissot, Sickert and Rodin) have depicted the human figure. A virtual tour via a computer terminal will also be accessible at ground level. This project was kindly supported by the DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Explore Make new friends and catch up with some familiar old faces in our 19th century galleries

We’re freshening up some of our permanent displays this spring and summer. There may be a little bit of disruption around the galleries, so please bear with us. This is so some of our star works such as Work by Ford Madox Brown can be treated to a little essential care before they reappear in our forthcoming exhibition Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer (24 September–29 January). Although they’ll be missed, it means we can put up a few different works for you to enjoy. Next time you’re visiting, look out for some of the new additions like Only a Lock of Hair and A Flood, both by John Everett Millais (from 28 May) and William Blake’s portraits of Otway and Pope (accompanying those of Shakespeare and Spenser from 19 April). This summer, you’ll notice a new, developing display featuring four of our most famous paintings, including Dante Gabrielle Rossetti’s The Bower Meadow and William Holman Hunt’s The Hireling Shepherd. Look out for further details at and in the gallery.

Don’t forget, if you’re thinking of visiting specially to see a particular work, it’s always worth calling first to avoid any disappointment. Tel: 0161 235 8888.


Enjoy With our free family friendly events, activities and facilities, we make it easy for you to enjoy some quality family time together Come along anytime Check out our Interactive Gallery for a hands-on introduction to real art. Pick up a story bag, borrow a tool belt, or ask for one of our new heroes packs and set off on an arty adventure. Drop in events We often run family activities on weekend afternoons (and mid-week in the holidays), suitable for a wide range of ages, from toddlers to 11 year olds. Just turn up and stay as long as you like.


Art clubs Our monthly family art club (for you and your budding 6-11 year old artists) is more structured. You’ll spend two relaxed hours together playing games and doing creative things. Monthly mini art club is for you and your baby or toddler (0–5 year olds welcome) and is a great way to make new friends., sign up to receive our family email newsletter or call us on 0161 235 8888.

What’s on, when? Check the calendar at the back of this leaflet, pick up a family leaflet, visit our website at

Bringing a group of 10 or more? Please call us in advance to discuss your plans. Tel: 0161 235 8869.

All family activities and events are free (but we really appreciate donations). There’s no need to book (except for mini art club). See calendar on pages 9 and 10 for details. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Discover Would know more or about ourforcollection or Whetheryou you like pop to in at lunchtime sign up a course, we’ve got in an general? exciting programme of creative events for adults to of enjoy art Throughout the year, we hold a mix interesting events. Come along and discover something new. See pages 6–9 for exhibition-related events.

It’s never too late (or too soon) to have a go at being creative and our friendly staff will make sure you leave feeling inspired.

galleries. Explore an exhibition in more depth through making activities in our Making Conversations workshops.

Find out more about art From beginners to art enthusiasts, we try to offer something for everyone.

Look out for occasional tours and talks led by artists, art historians and other specialists. We often run events linked to our changing exhibitions too.

Find out more about our collections Get to know some of our most popular artworks on a free highlights tour or explore the collection in more depth on a themed focus tour. Talk about art Interested to hear what other people think about your favourite artwork? Join a relaxed art bites chat in the 12

Surprise yourself From a Chinese Lion Dance and traditional tea ceremonies, to music and poetry recitals, there’s often something out of the ordinary happening in the gallery. Please feel free to stop and watch.

What’s on, when? Check the events calendar at the back of this leaflet, visit our website, sign up for our e-newsletter or give us a call on 0161 235 8888. Bringing a group? Tours for groups can be tailored to your interests and cost just £5 per person. Book by calling 0161 235 8855 or email


Make more of art Join the Manchester Art Gallery Friends

Friends are vital to the ongoing success of Manchester Art Gallery. Your subscription helps us conserve art, put on exhibitions, buy new works and keep our family events free. There are three different levels of Friendship: Friend, Best Friend and Patron. You can join as an individual or as a joint membership with someone living at the same address. From as little as £24 a year, Friends benefit from: • A welcome tour • Access to Friends-only events and exhibition previews • An annual newsletter • Free entry to charging exhibitions • And for an extra £2 per year, 20% discount in our shop and 10% discount in our cafe 8 12

How to join • Complete a membership form at www. friends • Pick up a Friends leaflet (with form) in the gallery • Contact us and we’ll send you a form: 0161 235 8814. Exclusive events for Friends, Best Friends and Patrons: Art pottery: A Victorian and Edwardian legacy Sat 19 March, 2pm The Antiques Roadshow’s Eric Knowles is a leading authority on the decorative arts. Join him for this exclusive talk and book signing.

Anish Kapoor: Flashback Talk and tour Sat 9 April, 2pm Natalie Rudd (Sculpture Curator, Arts Council Collection) gives this exhibition talk and tour. Joint event with the Contemporary Art Society. Randolph Caldecott, Children’s Illustrator Sat 14 May, 2–4pm Lady Mary Mallick introduces rarely-seen works by Randolph Caldecott, a little-known but exceptionally talented Victorian children’s illustrator from Manchester. Booking information These events cost £12 each and include refreshments. Booking essential. Tel: 0161 235 8814. Email:

Support us We can’t do it without you. Thanks to everyone who supports us.

Support the gallery As a Corporate Member, your business can entertain in the gallery and enjoy invitations to exclusive preview parties, our annual dinner and other special events. You can borrow art for your office and tailor-make art events for your staff. For more information on how you can support Manchester Art Gallery, please contact Catherine Corlett. Tel: 0161 235 8896. Email: Or visit: supporting-us

We’re extremely grateful to the following for their support: Directors Circle ABode Manchester Bruntwood Cobden House Chambers Cole & Co Dewhurst Torevell & Co Ltd GMPTE Hill Dickinson Influence Design Manchester Science Park Petros Development Company Ltd Professional Footballers’ Association St Johns Buildings The Marketing Clinic TLC Wrather & Co WRG

Executive Circle Cobbetts LLP Eversheds Hurst Ian Simpson Architects Ltd Investec Specialist Private Bank Lois Burton Ltd Manchester Airports Group McCann Erickson Pannone and Partners Quorum Estates William Hare Ltd Supporter Emerson Group Limited






Visit us Come along. Entry is free. (But we really appreciate donations to help us continue our free programme.) Open Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays (25 April, 2 and 30 May). Closed Mondays and Bank Holiday Fridays (22 and 29 April). Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street Manchester M2 3JL Tel: 0161 235 8888 Manchester Art Gallery is in the city centre, easily accessible by all forms of transport. For detailed information, ring GMPTE on 0161 228 7811. By tram To St Peter’s Square. By bus To Portland Street and Piccadilly Gardens. By train To Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Oxford Road. Free shuttle buses stop close to the gallery. By coach To Princess Street. By car From the M60, follow signs to the city centre. Parking is available on Chepstow Street, Faulkner Street, Chorlton Street and Sackville Street.

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Access Information Disabled parking is on Princess Street and Nicholas Street (about 50m from the gallery entrance). The entrance, building and toilets are accessible throughout, and lifts serve all floors. Just ask if you’d like to borrow a wheelchair. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome, and we have induction loops. Visit our website or give us a call for more information.

Manchester City Galleries comprises: Manchester Art Gallery, Gallery of Costume, Heaton Hall and Wythenshawe Hall. They are owned and managed by Manchester City Council.

Inside March - June 2011  
Inside March - June 2011  

Our programme of exhibitions and events for spring 2011.