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  • #MAGfiction

    16 November 2017

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    See paintings differently. #MAGfiction is a new weekly series of very short stories inspired by the paintings in our collection, from Patrick, one of our Visitor Services team. We’ll be posting these on Twitter and Instagram every Friday. #FictionFriday John Everett Millais Winter Fuel The woodcutter and his daughter were collecting firewood for winter. He […]

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  • From Denver, USA to Kitakyushu, Japan, gallery loans span the globe

    1 November 2017

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    Works from the gallery are frequently requested for loan by museums and galleries worldwide. Siân Millar our Loans Manager, who makes sure that the whole process of enabling loans from and to the gallery runs smoothly, highlights where some of our works have travelled to recently. Washington Merry Company by Jacob Ochtervelt, previously on display […]

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  • Can you help us test our website?

    30 October 2017

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    Help us improve access to information about our collections of fine art, costume and design.

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  • Alistair Hudson appointed as new Director for Manchester Art Gallery and The University of Manchester’s Whitworth

    11 October 2017

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    The University of Manchester and Manchester City Council have today announced that Alistair Hudson, currently Director of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), will be the new Director of Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth. Alistair will take up his role in the New Year. He succeeds Maria Balshaw at the Whitworth and Manchester […]

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  • MAGnet, news and views from our Visitor Services staff, volunteers and guest writers

    10 August 2017

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    MAGnet is a new blog from Iona and Beatriz in our Visitor Services team. With news and views from our Visitor Services staff, volunteers and guest writers, it taps into the wealth of knowledge in our teams; conveying the individual interests and personalities of the people who work at Manchester Art Gallery. Read more at […]

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  • Entangling ourselves in knots of our own making

    6 June 2017

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    There was lots of noise in the gallery today. The galleries are usually busy with school groups and visitors chatting to each other about art but today was a particularly noisy day due to essential maintenance being carried out in the building. Drills, hammers and voices filtered throughout and eventually into our mindfulness practice. Which […]

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  • The great British toastie revival starts here

    5 June 2017

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    The great British toastie revival starts here Good food, made well. The return of the Breville toastie, Bury black pudding, bread and pastries baked on site, Derbyshire oatcakes and Manchester tarts – this summer, we welcome a new chef and a whole new outlook to our café. Mary-Ellen McTague, best known for her award-winning restaurant, […]

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  • A Statement from Manchester’s Arts and Cultural Organisations

    29 May 2017

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    We have all been deeply saddened at the tragic events of Monday at Manchester Arena. Our hearts go out to the families, friends and loved ones of the victims, and to all of those affected by this terrible attack. The fact that the attack took place at a concert, where young people were gathered to […]

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  • Take notice

    7 February 2017

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    Every month, a group of us head off to Manchester Art Gallery to look at just one painting for 30 minutes. The dictionary definition of mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations”. This is exactly what we […]

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  • The Mindful Museum

    27 January 2017

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    For the past four years we have been developing mindfulness across our learning programmes and with different audiences, we have explored just how this valuable skill can be employed in the appreciation of art. In this way, we have helped people to engage more fully with our permanent collection as well as with our special […]

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