Manchester Art Gallery

English corner

English corner is a free English conversation class for people learning English.  Our English teacher leads activities that will help people to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst exploring artworks and collections on display.

No need to book, just meet Kate at the Information desk.

English corner takes place three times a month:

First Tuesday of the month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum

Second Wednesday of each month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery

Fourth Friday of the month from 10.30-12 at the Whitworth

Groups of up to 10 learners are very welcome but you must book. Please contact Ruth Edson for more information.

Tel: 0161 2358877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

English corner

English corner is a free English conversation class for people learning English.  Our English teacher leads activities that will help people to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst exploring artworks and collections on display.

No need to book, just meet Kate at the Information desk.

English corner takes place three times a month:

First Tuesday of the month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum

Second Wednesday of each month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery

Fourth Friday of the month from 10.30-12 at the Whitworth

Groups of up to 10 learners are very welcome but you must book. Please contact Ruth Edson for more information.

Tel: 0161 2358877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

English corner

English corner is a free English conversation class for people learning English.  Our English teacher leads activities that will help people to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst exploring artworks and collections on display.

No need to book, just meet Kate at the Information desk.

English corner takes place three times a month:

First Tuesday of the month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum

Second Wednesday of each month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery

Fourth Friday of the month from 10.30-12 at the Whitworth

Groups of up to 10 learners are very welcome but you must book. Please contact Ruth Edson for more information.

Tel: 0161 2358877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

English corner

English corner is a free English conversation class for people learning English.  Our English teacher leads activities that will help people to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst exploring artworks and collections on display.

No need to book, just meet Kate at the Information desk.

English corner takes place three times a month:

First Tuesday of the month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum

Second Wednesday of each month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery

Fourth Friday of the month from 10.30-12 at the Whitworth

Groups of up to 10 learners are very welcome but you must book. Please contact Ruth Edson for more information.

Tel: 0161 2358877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

English corner

English corner is a free English conversation class for people learning English.  Our English teacher leads activities that will help people to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst exploring artworks and collections on display.

No need to book, just meet Kate at the Information desk.

English corner takes place three times a month:

First Tuesday of the month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Museum

Second Wednesday of each month from 1-2.30 at Manchester Art Gallery

Fourth Friday of the month from 10.30-12 at the Whitworth

Groups of up to 10 learners are very welcome but you must book. Please contact Ruth Edson for more information.

Tel: 0161 2358877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

The Art of the Ghazal

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to circumstances out of our control. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Pakistani musical sensation Ali Sethi and Harvard Professor Ali Asani take you into the lyrical world of ghazals. The ghazal originated in Arabia in the 7th century and may be understood as a poetic expression of loss and romantic love.

Experience the emotional journey of sufi music through performance and demonstration as Sethi and Asani trace the history, evolution and form of popular ghazals to date. All texts will be translated into English so everyone can be fully immersed in the art of the ghazal.

Booking

The event is free, but booking is advised, book tickets at Eventbrite.

Related events

From Lahore With Love

12 January, 2pm-4pm, the Whitworth art gallery

Follow the pains and pleasures of a traditional musical apprentice. Join multitalented musician and author Ali Sethi in conversation with his mentor Professor Asani from Harvard University. A multimedia presentation with musical demonstrations, this is a unique opportunity to hear more from one of Pakistan’s most recognisable voices.

An evening of Sufi music and culture

15 January 2019, 7pm

With Ali Sethi, featuring his mentor Harvard Professor Ali Asani and collaborator, the Grammy Award-winning musician Noah Georgeson. at Band On The Wall


 

Ali Sethi first garnered attention after publishing his critically acclaimed novel The Wish Maker in his early 20s. Since then, the multitalented musician has gone on to launch a career as one of Pakistan’s most recognisable voices, honing his skills with intensive studies of his native country’s vocal traditions and inflecting them with his signature style. Ali Sethi has previously lent his vocals to The Reluctant Fundamentalist and released his own singles too. He starred in Coke Studio Season 9 alongside the legendary Abida Parveen and performed a rendition of the ghazal Ranjish Hi Sahi in the first episode of the season. Ali Sethi has worked with Riz Ahmed’s Swet Shop Boys, lending his vocals to the song titled Aaja.

Ali Asani is Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard since 1983, offering instruction in a variety of South Asian and African languages and literatures as well as courses on various aspects of Islamic tradition.

First Wednesday

Christmas Craft Market

Local makers selling their handcrafted wares for one night only.

4pm-9pm

Completely indoors and accompanied by hot festive drinks, snacks and seasonal music, browse and shop from over 30 independent makers with a wide variety of gifts, ideal for friends and family. From mineral inspired jewellery and contemporary solid pewter homewares to hand printed Christmas cards and knitted wreath’s, there’ll be an abundance of original, locally made crafts to help tick off your Christmas shopping list. The gallery shop will be offering a gift wrapping service as well as its usual inspiring ranges of curated art and design gifts, jewellery, stationary, homewares and books.

The Gallery Café will be open throughout the evening (until 9pm) offering light meals, cakes, snacks, craft beers, and fine wines as well as classic winter warmers; mulled wine, mince pies, mulled cider, spiced cakes and sharing boards.

Benjamin Myers & Adelle Stripe

7pm-8pm

Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Art Gallery have co-commissioned Benjamin Myers and Adelle Stripe to respond to Return to Manchester, a career-spanning solo exhibition by iconic British photographer Martin Parr. Based in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, Benjamin and Adelle are known for writing original and deeply moving fiction that explores place, landscape, class, community and marginalised characters.

Booking

The event is free but booking is essential, book tickets here.

Annie Swynnerton and her contemporaries

5.30pm-6.30 pm

An opportunity to explore Manchester-born painter, Annie Swynnerton’s work in the context of the 19th century art world. Katie Herrington, co-curator of the gallery’s current exhibition Annie Swynnerton: Painting Light and Hope, will discuss the impact of art movements such as Pre-Raphaelitism, Impressionism and Symbolism on the development of Swynnerton’s style. She will also consider the challenges that faced female artists in training and establishing professional careers and how these shaped Swynnerton’s individual and distinctive approach to painting.

The talk will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A with exhibition co-curators Katie Herrington and Rebecca Milner chaired by Kate Day. This will be an opportunity to hear about the significance and legacy of the landmark exhibition Painting Light and Hope and ask questions about Swynnerton’s life and work.

Booking

The event is free but booking is advised, book tickets at Eventbrite.

Philosophy Cafe

The Philosophy cafe is the perfect opportunity to experience art and discuss a philosophical question, creating a space for people to talk and think together. This topic for this session, informed by Martin Parr’s Return to Manchester exhibition, will be: How far has individualism overtaken the notion of society?

Nordic Design tours

6pm–8pm

Join one of our ace volunteer guides for a 20 minute mini tour of our Nordic Design exhibition. 6.30, 7.30, and 8.30pm

Scandi Stars: Festive making session with designer Lotte Karlsen

Lotte Karlsen is a Norwegian designer and maker whose glass and ceramic work is featured in our current Nordic Craft and Design exhibition. Scandinavia has a long tradition with making paper decorations for Christmas and using only paper, scissors and glue Lotte will demonstrate how you can turn a single piece of paper into a beautiful 3-D structured decoration.

Join Lotte to make your own advent stars to take home.

This session is free, no need to book just drop in.

Christmas paper star

Norwegian Embassy

Scandi Stars is supported by GF Smith and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London


Craft Market makers

That Boy Sews | Lauren Taylor | Lucy Freeman | Red Paper House | DevineDesign | Linzi Ramsden Ceramics | Nell Smith | This is Pewter | Wishbone Wreaths | The Magpies Daughter | Bear Print Design | PhineFibre | Harriet Quilty Art & Illustration | Clare Hillerby Jewellery | &Made | Cuckoo and You | Betul Salman | Ink Inc Ltd | Wren & Rye | Natalie Laura Ellen | Clair Templeton Designs | Lydia Meiying/YAY | Scleroarte | Vitreosi | Jan Scott Ceramic Artist | SL Photocards | Eve Redmond Jewellery | Krafts by Karen Duignan | Stacey Hill | The Lobe Wardrobe

 

Philosophy Café at First Wednesday

Enjoy art and explore life’s big questions

The Philosophy cafe is the perfect opportunity to experience art and discuss a philosophical question, creating a space for people to talk and think together.  Each session starts in the gallery cafe, discussing the topic in small groups.  After this we explore an artwork on display, followed by a group discussion in a gallery space, among our world class exhibitions and collections.

No need to book. Just turn up and meet in the cafe bar.

For more information please contact: Ruth Edson:

Tel: 0161 2358877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

Annie Swynnerton exhibition tour

Join gallery guide Lindsay Porter for a tour of our exhibition Painting Light and Hope and discover how Annie Swynnerton’s political activism, rooted in her Manchester origins, was expressed through her painting and helped shape her artistic vision.

Booking

The event is free but please reserve a space on Eventbrite.

Highlights tour

Join one of our brilliant volunteer guides for a tour of the gallery. Find out more about art on display, the building and the history of the gallery. Every guide designs their own tour, so each tour is slightly different depending on the personality and interests of the guide. Tours take place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.