The Whitworth Art Gallery, is everything that a modern , contemporary art gallery would look like. It is interactive, educational, innovative, mind-boggling and aesthetically beautiful. What is more interesting is that, the Gallery is set in a park- The Whitworth Park. So, on a Sunday afternoon I set out on the search of this innovative gallery amidst the greens (that is what I like to call it).
On entering the park, I saw lots of people . A group of young boys went by laughing and smiling with cans of soda in their hands. An elderly couple were taking a nice evning stroll. A cute Shi Tzu (puppy) was trying very hard to sniff and find something (I wonder what it was trying to find out though) and then there were some people who were (like me) on their way to the Gallery.Above is a photograph of the Whitworth Park.
This is the entrance to the Gallery. What looked like a beautiful colonial mansion with arched balconies and pillars now housed a variety of art exhibitions, educational space, cafe and a library. what more, the Gallery also has its own Sculpture Garden. It holds regular debates and seminars in the cafe area . Below are some of the artworks at display.
This abstract mural which takes up an entire wall almost, sparks of vibrant colours. Some the amalgamation of so many bright colours in one work of art cheers me up.
The traditional items of every art gallery in the world- Medieval Paintings.
This gigantic textile display positioned right in the middle of the exhibition room catches your eyes the moment you enter the room.
A very simple concept, to illuminate the writings from inside so that they can be read by the people outside.
This piantings caught my eyes. Somehow, I could interpret it as the presence of many themes in one single frame. From bondage, childhood, rage, misery, fear, rivalry -all these themes could be seen when you look closely at the painting.
To be honest, this is my favourite sculpture in the whole gallery. The beautiful over-extending gown with hair dangling from the woman’s hand is spooky but elegant to look at. (Yes, the hair is real. . . .)
A number of paintings depicting everyday life is displayed in the photography section. It is really difficult to photograph them due to the strong lights and heavy reflections on the glass. But even then i managed to take a photo of this cute baby held by (maybe) his father.
Lastly, but not the least, the beautiful patterns of this dress needed to be captured by my camera.
Whitworth Art Gallery, is a Gallery with a cause and for a cause. It aims to welcome people of all social class into its walls (and gardens) and educate them , for art is everywhere. Every academics can be explained by means of art. In fact, contemporary art uses a lot of science in it as well. Thus, it truly uphelds the age-long saying that Science and art are two sides of the same coin.
Furthermore, this gallery runs mostly on charity, donations and revenues earned from the Gallery cafe and shop. Here are some essential details about the Gallery.
Address: The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER
How to Go?
Bus: 42, 18
Train: Regular trains run from the Victoria Station, Piccadilly Station and Crescent to Oxford Road.
Opening Times:Everyday 10 AM- 5 PM (Thursdays 10 AM- 9 PM)