Manchester Art Gallery

This is us

Come and join us to share stories, be creative, make art and have a great evening.

  • Discover more about the work of Shirley Baker in our curator’s tour starting at 5.45 pm

  • Join in with recent work and activities created by members of the Age Friendly Collective.

  • Bring along your photos and objects that tell a story about inner city Manchester and Salford during the time of Shirley Baker’s photos.

  • Hear poetry performed by the ‘Opening Doors’ creative writing group from Hulme.

  • Enjoy live music and games from Moss Side’s Yellow Bird Age Friendly group.

  • Listen to children from Divine Mercy School, Moss Side in conversation with members of the Age Friendly Collective.

This is us has been organised by Manchester Art Gallery’s Age Collective.

For more information about This is us, please contact Ruth Edson on 0161 235 8877or email

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Sound Scape: By Lorna Green and Julia Harding in collaboration with KEMS Contemporary

Join us for the live performance of Sound Scape as artist Lorna Green, in collaboration with composer Julia Harding, with musicians from KEMS Contemporary, explore the relationship between sculpture and live music.

As the musicians move around the installation, they perform music which has been inspired by natural materials and objects, all linked by a grid system.

Supported by a Professional Development Bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company.


A Renaissance soundscape at the Whitworth

Thomas Schmidt, Professor of Music at the University of Manchester offers a unique way to look at the engravings of one of the radical originators and innovators of the European tradition of printmaking: Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-c. 1534), a leading printmaker of the Italian Renaissance perhaps best known for his groundbreaking collaboration with the Renaissance artist Raphael.


The event takes place at the Whitworth and is free, but numbers are limited and booking is essential.

To book, please contact the Development Team:
Tel: 0161 235 8873

Piano recital Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown play Edward Lambert

An evening of piano duet music in our Pre-Raphaelite gallery. We are delighted to welcome pianists Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown to Manchester Art Gallery.

Alongside Debussy and Schubert, this talented duo will be playing the premiere of a piece of music by composer, Edward Lambert, inspired by the painting ‘Work’ by Ford Madox Brown, a highlight in our Pre-Raphaelite collection.

As part of the evening you can meet our curators, Rebecca and Hannah, and view pencil sketches made by Ford Madox Brown in preparation for his painting.

Outline of the evening:
5.30-6.30pm Meet the curators and view ‘Work’ sketches by Ford Madox Brown

6:30pm Julian and Mariko play:
Schubert Rondo in A, D951, for piano duet
Debussy “Khamma” (ballet), for piano duet

7.05pm Interval

7:20pm Edward Lambert, composer introduces ‘Aspects of Work’
followed by the world premiere of Edward Lambert “Aspects of Work”, for piano duet.

Concert will finish by 8pm

We are immensely grateful to Forsyths Music Shop for their support with this performance and the loan of their piano.

To find out more about Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown please visit their websites

To find out more about the composer, Edward Lambert please visit his website:

Adelphi Jazz / Laptop Sextet at Thursday lates

Join us for an evening of jazz improvisation.

Founded in 2015 at the University of Salford, the Adelphi Jazz / Laptop Sextet present an alternative take on free improvisation, combining electronic music and live instrumentation to imitate and interact with with laptop processing. The ensemble also work from scored timelines to provide structural elements to the compositions, alternating between instrumentalist and laptop-led sections. Recent performances have included Salford Sonic Fusion Festival and SPARC 2015 at Media City UK.

The personnel is:

Lee Jones – Guitar
Christos Zenios – Saxophone
Joseph Nickson – Double Bass
George Grundy – Drums
Manoli Moriaty – Laptop One
Adam Hart – Laptop Two