Manchester Art Gallery

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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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  • Ten years of Making conversation at Manchester Art Gallery

    15 September 2016

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    A creative and social space Making conversation has been an integral part of the adult learning programme at Manchester Art Gallery for ten years. There have been some magical moments of connection between the works of art on display at the gallery and people from all walks of life. It’s success lies in creating a […]

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  • Art meets medicine

    1 September 2016

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    Annie Lowe, a fourth year medical student completed her 6 week degree placement with the health and wellbeing team. Here she shares her experience Mindful marks. This week I volunteered at the Mindful marks workshop, I left feeling truly inspired. Based on the concept of mindfulness, this session uses music and mark-making to help people […]

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  • Manchester to Edinburgh cycle ride

    17 August 2016

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    An intrepid group of cyclists have spent the summer donning lycra and pounding out the miles in a desperate attempt to be ride fit for a cycle to Edinburgh this September.

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  • My Favourite Decade

    1 July 2016

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    The Swinging Sixties, the Roaring Twenties, the Flying Forties, even the Naughty Nineties: the decades of the 20th Century have distinct characteristics, marked out as they are by their music, art, literature – and, most of all, by their fashions. To mark the opening of Vogue 100: A Century of Style, we decided to highlight […]

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  • Fashion Friday – Schiaparelli

    1 July 2016

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    This week’s Fashion Friday piece is a Jacket and dress by Elsa Schiaparelli, chosen by Miles Lambert, Curator of Costume.

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