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Feb 16, 2019 - Jun 7, 2020 FINAL WEEK
Exchanges sets art and artists together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention. In this evolving exhibition, art that has recently been acquired by the Whitworth is placed in dialogue with selected works from the existing collection.

May 18, 2019 - Jan 12, 2020
In his lifetime, Li Yuan Chia (1929-1994) travelled from China, to Taiwan, Bologna and London but found his home in a house that he bought in 1972 from Winifred Nicholson in Banks at the far north of Cumbria on Hadrian’s Wall. Now regarded as China’s first conceptual artist, Li Yuan Chia made this house into the LYC Museum and Art Gallery - a place for showing innovative art alongside children’s workshops and his own experimental work.

Aug 17, 2019 - Aug 2, 2020
In the middle of the nineteenth century wallpaper design suddenly became diverse. English manufacturers began to excel at the quick production of affordable wallpapers. There was also an ever-increasing availability of things from abroad. This resulted in a dramatic explosion of choice.

Dec 14, 2019 - Jun 7, 2021
Founded in 1889 through Sir Joseph Whitworth’s legacy, the Whitworth was established to honour one of Britain’s greatest mechanical engineers. A proponent of standardisation, Sir Joseph revolutionised precision engineering through his development of interchangeable parts in machinery.
Standardisation is a theme that is woven throughout this exhibition, telling the history of the gallery and the development of its diverse and internationally significant collections. Alongside this, the exhibition demonstrates how the gallery has often deviated from standard models of practice, from its early collecting policies to its new vision; one that promotes the idea of the ‘Useful Museum’ and art as a tool for social change and education.

Jan 31 - Sep 27, 2020

Feb 14 - Jun 14, 2020
This exhibition brings together the work of six artists – Joe Beedles, James Desser, Amy Ellison, Frances Heap, Andrew Johnstone and John Powell-Jones, initially responding to The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection (MKOAC), housed at the Whitworth. The MKOAC is the largest collection of 'Outsider Art' in a public gallery in the UK and features work by artists who are self-taught and have been historically marginalised from the art world. This year-long residency project was led by Venture Arts in collaboration with the Whitworth, and Castlefield Gallery. Elements of the work and new pieces by Blackpool artists, will go on display at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (7-21 March 2020).

Click to enlargeSUZANNE LACY : WE ARE HERE
Mar 27 - Aug 23, 2020
Suzanne Lacy is a pioneer of socially engaged art and public practice, promoting dialogue and collaborations with communities — artists, activists, organisations, schools — throughout her prolific career. Since the 1970s, she has used community organising strategies and media interventions to galvanise discussions about pressing social issues including feminism, violence against women, racism, immigration, and labour rights. These projects often culminate in large-scale, highly choreographed performances that bring together diverse groups of participants to share their stories.
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