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200 Years of Manchester Art Gallery

200 Years of Manchester Art Gallery

June 1 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Please join us for a FREE two-part series of conversations that bring together three historic Manchester-based institutions in their anniversary years to discuss the histories and future of the arts in Manchester and surrounding regions.


This first event takes the origins of Manchester Art Gallery as its starting point, looking at its multiple histories and putting them in conversation with the present. To initiate a conversation about the roles played by this civic art institution and how it relates to similar organisations in the North of England, we will ask questions about who founded the gallery, and how that impacted its development. We will also consider the gallery as a site of education (for example, hosting life drawing classes), provoking wider questions about who had access to these events and how the gallery continues to be an educational institution today. Through asking these questions, we hope to uncover some of the lesser-known voices and hidden histories that have been involved in the story of Manchester’s historic gallery, drawing parallels with institutions in Manchester such as Castlefield Gallery and Manchester School of Art and further afield in particular Leeds Art Gallery.

The event will be chaired by Danielle Child (Manchester School of Art) and will take the form of three talks from Rebecca Wade (Special Collections and Galleries, University of Leeds), Hannah Williamson (Fine Art Curator, Manchester Art Gallery), and Thomas Dukes (Curator and Researcher) followed by Q&A. Peter Davis, the archivist for Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) established in 1858 will also be at the event offering attendees a chance to look through some of MAFA ‘s scrapbooks.

Learn more and book tickets for the second part here


These events are supported by AHEAD (Arts and Humanities Engagement And Dialogue), the public engagement programme of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Castlefield Gallery

0161 832 8034

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Manchester Art Gallery

Moseley Street
Manchester, M2 3JL
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0161 235 8888
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