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Exhibitions & Events Jan – Apr 2011

Whitworth Art Gallery

Welcome Welcome to a New Year that is to be a truly significant one for the Whitworth. Our season highlight is the UK’s most complete retrospective of work by artist Mary Kelly, from her outrage-provoking installations of the 1970s to the première of her latest work, Habitus. We are also delighted to welcome Siobhan Davies Dance who will perform new work, ROTOR, in the gallery spaces. In an unusual twist

ROTOR ‘remixes’ the dance into music, art, theatre, poetry and more, all displayed in this manysided performance and exhibition. We’ll be looking forward to welcoming some of our very youngest visitors once again in our popular family programme. And you might already have spotted that we’ve got better activities than ever for adults, from art courses to movie nights. Most significantly of

Plans for gallery spaces overlooking Whitworth Park © MUMA

all for 2011 we will know of the final decision – expected in midFebruary – about our capital plans to improve, extend and connect the Gallery with its landscape in Whitworth Park. I look forward to sharing our news with you as the year progresses.

Maria Balshaw

Last chance to see…

Unstable States John Ruskin and the Truth of Water To 23 January

Alexander Cozens, Setting Sun, 1770-3

Collections care... The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation is supporting a programme of conservation of the Whitworth’s Japanese woodcut collection. Look out for some of the newly conserved works on display soon.

Water is a notoriously tricky subject for artists to capture. The same substance can flow gently, freeze with geometric precision into ice, or writhe into turbulence when agitated. As it condenses, water forms into clouds creating distinctive shapes. Drawing on John Ruskin’s precise observations of water in his controversial book Modern Painters (1843), this display will investigate how artists from Van de Velde to Turner have captured water in all its ‘unstable states’ using oil, watercolour and print.

A Series of Appointments, by Siobhan Davies, for ROTOR 2010 Photo: Pari Naderi

ROTOR Siobhan Davies Dance 28 January – 6 February

ROTOR: a Response 28 January – 13 March The creation of ROTOR by Siobhan Davies Dance has triggered a process of selection from the Whitworth’s collection. Works by artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Albrecht Dürer, Langlands & Bell and Anthony Caro are presented as exhibited objects in dialogue with live, dynamic performance.

Performances are free, no need to book

Siobhan Davies

Dance, sound, sculpture, film and poetry all come together in this boundary-crossing ensemble performance and exhibition by Siobhan Davies Dance. Inspired by a performance choreographed by Siobhan Davies and filmed from overhead, eight artists including the Turner Prize-nominated Angela de la Cruz, composer Matteo Fargion and ceramicist Clare Twomey, have each created a work that connects with ideas around repetition, disorder and circularity.

In Conversation at The Lowry

Performance times: Thursdays & Fridays at 6.20pm & 7.40pm Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 1.20pm & 2.40pm

12 January, 7pm, Tickets £5 Join Artistic Director and Choreographer Siobhan Davies at The Lowry, as she discusses her most recent work ROTOR and her experience of collaborating with celebrated artists from across the visual and performing arts. To book tickets contact The Lowry Box Office: t: 0843 208 6010 (or 0843 208 6003 for groups) w: online at


The Land Between Us place, power and dislocation To 23 January Taking a radical approach to landscape art, The Land Between Us presents historic and modern works together and on equal terms. The exhibition focuses on the imagery of landscape, the places it depicts, the cultural and political power invested in the land and how meaning is found between art and the viewer. Highlights from the Whitworth’s outstanding collection of historic art are displayed alongside recent and contemporary work. All of the Gallery’s Turner watercolours are on show next to Black Audio Film Collective’s Handsworth Songs, both presenting complex and lyrical visions of Britain. Olafur Eliasson transforms one gallery into a forest, and John Robert Cozen’s drawings of the eighteenth century Grand Tour connect with Nikhil Chopra’s journey through Mumbai. Featuring major artists from past to present, The Land Between Us imagines a place where art, artist and viewer confront each other beyond the limits of their individual frontiers.

Chen Qiulin, Garden, 2007 Courtesy of the artist and Max Protetch Gallery, New York.

As part of this exhibition the Whitworth has commissioned the artist Cyprien Gaillard to make a sculpture for Whitworth Park. Look out for its installation in early summer.

Intuition The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection arrives at the Whitworth To 20 February Get ‘plugged into the mains electricity of the imagination’* with Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Scottie Wilson, and many others whose art developed outside formal training. Victor Musgrave and Monika Kinley chose to collect artwork that they felt was genuinely original, intuitive and made by artists outside the mainstream system of art education and galleries. The result is a collection of over 800 drawings, paintings and sculptures that has become the first of its kind to join the permanent collection of a public museum in the UK. Trustees of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection generously presented the entire collection to the Whitworth Art Gallery in March 2010. The gift was facilitated by the Contemporary Art Society. *Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection is supported by The Eric & Salome Estorick Foundation.


Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974), Untitled.

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson

Private Paradise

5 February – Summer 2011

19 February – Summer 2011

An unabashed homage to the exhilarating explosiveness of fireworks, this video shows a display of pyrotechnics that was set off in a gallery at FACT in Liverpool. The black box of that video room, like the one within which the work is shown here at the Whitworth, is an unnatural location for fireworks. The room is internally bombarded and filled with colour, sound and smoke, but manages to contain the energy of the display within its four walls.

Do you want to enter another world as you walk into your living room or bedroom? Do your dream locations feature mysterious landscapes and exotic architecture? Or do you just long for a peaceful English garden? Since the 19th century wallpaper has been providing exotic floral arrangements for tired interiors and armchair travel for the bored aristocrat. Alongside views from large-scale, historic scenic wallpapers, this exhibition features work by two contemporary artists who have looked to the past for inspiration and have come up with slightly offbeat responses to our desire for escape to a private paradise. For guided tour details please see page 09.

Jean et Cie Zuber, Decor Chinois, c.1832

Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, The Fireworks, 2007. Courtesy of the artists and Ceri Hand Gallery.

The Fireworks

Mary Kelly, Love Songs: Flashing Nipple Remix, 2005 © the artist

Mary Kelly: Projects, 19732010

19 February – 12 June 2011 Four decades of projects by American artist Mary Kelly are brought together in the most comprehensive exhibition of her work ever presented. As much about everyday experiences as big historic events Kelly’s art makes the personal political. From Post-Partum Document (1973-9), the series about motherhood that provoked tabloid outrage in 1976 because of its presentation of stained nappies, to more recent installations about feminism like Love Songs (2005-7), the exhibition traces the artist’s enduring commitment to women’s narratives. The celebratory glow of Multi-Story House (2007) invites visitors to step inside and read the intergenerational dialogue patterning its walls. The impact of conflict and war also runs through the exhibition. The polished shields and trophies of Gloria Patri (1992), quoting soldiers in Iraq, are hung high like an heraldic display. The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi (2001) about a child lost and found during the Kosovo war, makes a continuous sweep around the gallery walls. Kelly’s most recent commission unifies her long-term questions about how history shapes us; the bomb shelter-like Habitus (2010) is ‘corrugated’ with the memories of people born around the Second World War, legible only by looking into its mirrored floor. Mary Kelly’s work reflects back to us how we remember and talk about our experiences, from world wars to daily struggles.


The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi performed Saturday 19 February 12noon & 2pm, free No need to book The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi is a collaboration between Mary Kelly and composer Michael Nyman. Nyman’s haunting score will be performed live in the installation by the Michael Nyman Quartet and soprano Marie Angel.

Tours Saturday 5 March, 2pm, free Tuesday 15 March, 2pm, free Tours with exhibition curator Dominique Heyse-Moore.

Centenary of International Women’s Day


Dialogic Space: Mary Kelly at the Whitworth Art Gallery Saturday 26 March, 10am – 5pm Tickets £25 / £12 Concs Lunch and refreshments provided Mary Kelly, Juli Carson, Carol Mavor, Laura Mulvey and Griselda Pollock talk about the artist’s work, concluding with a roundtable discussion chaired by Janet Wolff. Organised in collaboration with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIDRA), with the support of Art History & Visual Studies and Cultural Theory Institute, The University of Manchester. Book tickets and take advantage of delegate offers at, w:

A series of films relevant to Mary Kelly’s work are being shown at our Movie Nights, see page 07 for details. An exhibition book is available to buy in the Whitworth Shop.

Tuesday 8 March 3.30 – 5pm, free Look around Love Songs, Mary Kelly’s celebration of the Women’s Movement and help us mark the 100th International Women’s Day.

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Who Cares? If you only see the illness, you miss the person 26 March – Summer 2011

Lucy Burscough, Maderlaine, 2005

Visitors often tell us the Gallery is a good place to think and reflect. This exhibition goes one step further by creating a therapeutic space within one of our permanent galleries. Who Cares? provides a stimulus for curiosity and exploration, reflection and meditation. Here you encounter an environment populated by portraits from the Whitworth’s collection alongside work by Lucy Burscough. Lucy is Artist in Residence at Galaxy House, part of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where children and adolescents with mental health problems are treated. This creative conversation invites you to discover what happens when the National Health Service (NHS), museums and galleries, patients and practitioners collaborate. Our Who Cares? therapeutic space will be open to all visitors each Sunday and Monday, and bookable for people, groups and service providers dealing with mental health issues from Tuesday to Saturday. For further information and to book please contact Wendy Gallagher. t: 0161 275 8454 e:

Family Allowance 26 February – Summer 2011 Wicked wives, violent sons, monstrous mothers and feeble fathers come together from within the Whitworth’s collection to reveal the darker side of family life. In contrast to our notion of the idyllic family unit, the display presents characters from throughout history, mythology, fairytales and religion, who reflect collective fears about the breakdown of society and the loss of traditional family values.

Paula Rego, Polly Put the Kettle On, 1989


Who Cares? Seminar Friday 15 April 1 – 4.30pm, free Booking advisable Offering an opportunity to look at the diverse range of work carried out as part of Who Cares? A Health & Wellbeing programme carried out by six museums and galleries working closely with health practitioners and community groups. The impact of this work on both participants and museums will be revealed by project researchers, from the University of Central Lancashire. For more information or to book: e: t: 0161 275 7450

Adult Programme

Crafternoon Tea


On Saturdays 15 January, 19 February, 19 March & 16 April 2 – 4pm, £5 Beginning a new year of crafty activities with social art and craft workshops. Enjoy a cuppa whilst trying out some new, unusual techniques in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Every Thursday, 8.30 – 9.45am, free A fantastic way to start your day. Use our peaceful gallery spaces to exercise, relax and simply feel better. Booking essential due to limited spaces, t: 0161 275 7450

Alternative Camera Club On Saturdays 19 February, 19 March & 16 April 10.30am – 1pm, £5 This series looks at contemporary photography, promoting a considered and conceptual approach. Join us for photographic talks, discussion groups and critique sessions co-curated by Manchester Photography. w: www.manchesterphotography.

Contemporary Landscape Photography 8 week course On Saturdays from 15 January – 5 March, 1– 3pm, £100/students £80 In response to The Land Between Us, enter the world of contemporary landscape photography. Learn new skills and techniques, hear from practising photographers to inspire and inform your own work. This course runs between two sites, offering Artist Talks at the Whitworth and Practical Sessions at the Zion Centre in Hulme. Work created as part of this course will be exhibited at the Zion Centre in April. w:

To book Adult Programme events contact the Visitor Services Team. t: 0161 275 7540 For further details contact Ed Watts, Adult Programme Coordinator. e:

Tuesday Talks 18 January to 8 March 11am – 12.30pm Free, no need to book Each Tuesday leading artists and curators offer an insight into contemporary art practice, through their own driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration. Supported by Manchester Metropolitan University. For further details: w: whitworth

Movie Night

Friday 25 February

All films start at 6.15pm (Doors open at 6pm)

Set in ‘80s London this British comedy drama deals with the complex relationships between members of the Asian and White community. Dir. Stephen Frears. 1985 Certificate: 15

Advance tickets £5 (£6 on the night), students free To book advance tickets: e:

My Beautiful Launderette

Friday 25 March Friday 21 January

The Piano

Hiroshima Mon Amour

The story of a pianist and her daughter set in 19th century New Zealand, beautifully filmed with a memorable score by Michael Nyman. Dir. Jane Campion. 1993 Certificate: 15

A classic French New Wave love story about memory and forgetting the trauma of war. Dir. Alain Resnais.1959 Certificate: PG


Intuition, 2010. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes

Families Free Artist Led Workshops For under 5s and their grown-ups

For children of all ages, their families and carers

International Women’s Day


Colourful Sundays

Tuesday 8 March, 3.30 – 5pm

Adventures in Drama, Art, Music or Dance Every Monday 10.30 – 11.30am or 11.30am – 12.30pm Booking essential as sessions sell out! t: 0161 275 7450

Bumps & Babies Creative Connections Expecting a baby or have a newborn? Join us for creative wellbeing activities to connect to your baby. e:

Age 6 and over

School Holidays

Artist Skills Wednesdays 23 February, 20 & 27 April Fridays 25 February 1.30 – 3.30pm Meet an artist and learn a range of arty skills from photograms to drawing and creating your own artwork to take home.

‘I never knew an art gallery could be so much fun for the kids and the parents!’ Jon, dad of three.

Home educators: We have regular activities exclusively for home educator families. For more details about this or other areas see our Family Friendly programme email.

Drop-in creative workshops Every Sunday 1.30 – 3.30pm All year round!

Everyday family activities The Gallery has lots of activities to pick up and enjoy any time, including Arty Picnic sacks for using inside or outside. On your visit look out for The Art Cart, dressing up clothes, a textile trail and discovery sacks, all available free every day.

Birdwatch Sunday 30 January 12.30 – 3.30pm Bring your family and join us for a Big Birdwatch in Whitworth Park, then it’s back to the Gallery for an afternoon of bird inspired creative activities. Part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch weekend and in partnership with Manchester Museum.

Enchanted Stories Sunday 6 February 1.30 – 3.30pm As part of National Storytelling Week awaken your imagination by creating and enjoying storytelling inspired by the Gallery’s own indoor forest. Make your own pop-up story set finger puppets to take home and act out your story.

Bring along all of the women in your family from baby girls to great aunts and celebrate International Women’s Day at the Gallery. Enjoy a creative afternoon of shared stories and tea & cake!

Mother’s Day Creative indulgence Afternoon Sunday 3 April, 1.30 – 3.30pm Treat your Mum and Nana to an afternoon of arty indulgence and good quality family time. Enjoy felt making and creating memory books to take home.

Arty Picnics Tuesdays 22 February, 19 & 26 April Thursday 24 February, 21 & 28 April 11am – 12.30pm

School Holidays

Bring your family and some food (if you fancy lunch), and meet an artist for fun creative activities. Don’t worry if it is a terrible Tuesday or Thursday and raining outside, we’ll have a picnic in the Gallery surrounded by sunny landscapes!

Our award-winning Café serves child friendly meals, and there’s a park next door.

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Every Thurs Wed 12 Sat 15 Sat 15 Tues 18 Fri 21 Sun 23 Tues 25

8.30 – 9.45am 7pm 1 – 3pm 2 – 4pm 11am – 12.30pm 6.15pm 12.30 – 1.15pm 11am – 12.30pm

Adult Programme: Yoga (booking essential) Siobhan Davies In Conversation, at The Lowry Landscape Photography: 8 Week Course Crafternoon Tea Tuesday Talk Movie Night, film: Hiroshima Mon Amour Performance by RNCM students Tuesday Talk

Free £5 £100/£80 Concs £5 Free £6/Concs Free Free

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Every Thurs Tues 1 Tues 8 Sun 13 Tues 15 Sat 19 Sat 19 Sat 19 Sun 20 Tues 22 Fri 25 Sat 26

8.30 – 9.45am 11am – 12.30pm 11am – 12.30pm 12.30 – 1.15pm 11am – 12.30pm 10.30am – 1pm 12noon – 2pm 2 – 4pm 12.30 – 1.15pm 11am – 12.30pm 6.15pm 2pm

Adult Programme: Yoga (booking essential) Tuesday Talk Tuesday Talk Performance by RNCM students Tuesday Talk Alternative Camera Club The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi performed Crafternoon Tea Performance by RNCM students Tuesday Talk Movie Night, film: My Beautiful Launderette Private Paradise: Tour

Free Free Free Free Free £5 Free £5 Free Free £6/Concs Free

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Every Thurs Tues 1 Tues 1 Sat 5 Sun 6 Tues 8 Tues 8 Tues 15 Sat 19 Sat 19 Sun 20 Fri 25 Sat 26

8.30 – 9.45am 11am – 12.30pm 1.15pm 2pm 12.30 – 1.15pm 11am – 12.30pm 3.30 – 5pm 2pm 10.30am – 1pm 2 – 4pm 12.30 – 1.15pm 6.15pm 10am – 5pm

Adult Programme: Yoga (booking essential) Tuesday Talk Private Paradise: Tour Mary Kelly: Tour Performance by RNCM students Tuesday Talk Centenary of International Women’s Day Mary Kelly: Tour Alternative Camera Club Crafternoon Tea Performance by RNCM students Movie Night, film: The Piano Mary Kelly Symposium: Dialogic Space

Free 07 Free 07 Free 03 Free 05 Free Free 07 Free 05/08 Free 05 £5 07 £5 07 Free £6/Concs 07 £25/£12 Concs 05

Every Thurs Sat 2 Tues 5 Sun 10 Fri 15 Sat 16 Sat 16

8.30 – 9.45am 2pm 1.15 pm 12.30 – 1.15pm 1 – 4.30pm 10.30am – 1pm 2 – 4pm

Adult Programme: Yoga (booking essential) Private Paradise: Tour Private Paradise: Tour Performance by RNCM students Who Cares? Seminar Alternative Camera Club Crafternoon Tea

Free Free Free Free Free £5 £5





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Want to learn more about our Gallery? Join our general Gallery tours, every Tues, Wed & Thurs 2 – 2.30pm, Free Concerts: Supported by the Friends of the Whitworth Gina Miller Bequest.


Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12 – 4pm The Gallery is closed on Good Friday, 22 April and is open as usual on Bank Holiday Mondays and Bank Holiday Friday, 29 April. Entry to the Gallery is free.

Find us We are in Whitworth Park, 1.5 miles south of Manchester city centre. walk: 40min from Manchester city centre. Flat paved route, not traffic-free. bike: Sheffield stands on-site, lockers on-site (£1 coin, refundable) bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147. Ask for bus-stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road. tram: Peter’s Square + bus 10min or + walk 30min train: Oxford Road + bus 10min or + walk 30min car: On-street parking (max 2hrs) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street. See map. Manchester travel information line t: 0161 228 7811 The Gallery Café

Good Food Guide’s Best Family Restaurant in the UK 2009. Mon to Sat 10am – 4.30pm, Sun 12 – 3.30pm

The Gallery Shop ‘a delight to visit’ Open during main Gallery opening hours.

Access Wheelchairs, rollators, seating, free portable stools. Low lighting in most galleries. Induction loop in lecture theatre. Guide Dogs welcome. For a large print version of this leaflet please call 0161 275 7450, email or pick up a copy at the welcome desk. Download large print A4 or audio guide at Mint Hotel The Whitworth’s official hotel sponsor. Occupying a landmark site in the Piccadilly Place development, Mint Hotel Manchester is a contemporary hotel that boasts state of the art facilities and an exceptional food and beverage offering in Piccadilly Lounge, Blue Bar and City Café & Terrace. w:

Paints by Little Greene Little Greene’s environmentally friendly paints and wallpapers, including designs from the archives at English Heritage and the Whitworth, bring beautiful colour, timeless elegance and enduring appeal to your home. Little Greene is the Whitworth’s official paint sponsor. w:

Cover image: Mary Kelly, Habitus, 2010 © Mary Kelly/Ray Barrie. Exhibition pages 04 – 05


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Whitworth Art Gallery Exhibition & Events Newsletter Jan - Apr 2011  
Whitworth Art Gallery Exhibition & Events Newsletter Jan - Apr 2011  

Everything you need to know to plan your visit to the Whitworth over the coming months.