The 10 Best Galleries And Exhibition Spaces In Manchester

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Eleanor Cunningham

Manchester is a lively city with a wealth of galleries and exhibition spaces showcasing local and international artists’ work. Traditional shows are balanced with the up-and-coming for dynamic exhibitions. We give you our guide to the 1o must-visit exhibition spaces in the city.

Artzu Gallery

Artzu Gallery supports established and emerging artists working across mediums, from painting and sculpture to photography. Situated in the heart of Spinningfields (Manchester’s financial district) for over a decade, the gallery overlooks the greenery of Hardman Square. Artzu Gallery is considered of the city’s most progressive independent gallery spaces, and continues to support local talent and subsequent projects around the world.

Quay Street, Manchester M3 4PR, United Kingdom +44 161 827 1717

1. Manchester Art Gallery

Art Gallery, Museum

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Manchester Art Gallery is a publicly owned gallery space. First opened in 1824, the exhibition space now occupies three buildings, the oldest of which was designed by Sir Charles Barr and remains Grade I listed; it was originally home to the Royal Manchester Institution. The gallery houses a civic art collection which includes works of local and international significance, including work by local artists such as Impressionist painter Wynford Dewhurst.

2. Whitworth Art Gallery

Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery has been part of the University of Manchester since 1889, and holds both historic and contemporary collections and exhibitions. The gallery is well-known for its displays of modern art and sculpture, including works by British sculptor Jacob Epstein, British artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso.

3. The Lowry

Art Gallery, Bridge

3. The Lowry
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Located in Greater Manchester’s Salford Quays, The Lowry showcases works of both visual and performing art, with two main theatres and studio spaces. It runs a programme of special modern and contemporary art exhibitions, alongside photographic and design works, and the work of English artist and gallery namesake L.S. Lowry in its collection.

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