Manchester Art Gallery

Tours and workshops

Art enables people to see beyond their horizons; to escape, to play, to imagine, to connect, to create and share stories. Our tours and workshops for adults offer a variety of ways that ignite curiosity through talking, making and noticing.


Tuesday

Take Notice

First and third Tuesday of every month, 12:15 – 12.45pm and 1 – 1:30pm

Please note that in January 2019 only Take Notice Sessions will take place on the second and third Tuesday.

Take time out of your busy day and experience artworks within the gallery in a calming and rejuvenating way. Using mindfulness techniques, you will be guided in exploring specially selected works on display. Simply come along to sit, look, notice and breathe. Everyone is welcome.

Free, no need to book

For more information please contact: Louise Thompson

Tel: 0161 235 8844
Email: l.thompson1@manchester.gov.uk

Philosophy Café

Third Tuesday of every month, 10.15am – 12pm

The Philosophy Café 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, amongst our world class exhibitions and collections.

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

Philosophy cafe also takes place on the first Wednesday of every month, 6pm-8pm – please note that there is no Wednesday Philosophy Cafe in January 2019 – Wednesday 6 February is the first Philosophy Cafe of 2019.

For more information please contact: Ruth Edson:

Tel: 0161 235 8877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

 

Making Conversation

Last Tuesday of every month, 1-4pm

Connect with others in this artist-led workshop where you will use all your senses to explore and make art. Every session is audio described and all materials and refreshments are provided.

Free, no need to book.

For more information please contact Kate Day:
Tel: 0161 235 8855
Email: k.day1@manchester.gov.uk


Wednesday

Art Bites

Every Wednesday, 12:30pm – 1pm

Art Bites is about chatting with other people about art. Each week the session focuses on two contrasting artworks on display. It’s a great way to find out what others think and express your own opinion about art. Everyone is welcome.

Free, no need to book.

For more information please contact: Meg Parnell

Tel: 0161 235 8855
Email: m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Stories We Share

Every Wednesday, 12-2pm

Join in with the Stories We Share discussion table in the South Asian Design Gallery. This weekly event is about finding inspiration, being curious and sharing stories. Add your stories to the discussion #StoriesWeShare. Everyone is welcome.

Free, no need to book

For more information please contact: Meg Parnell

Tel: 0161 235 8855
Email: m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

English Corner

Second Wednesday of every month, 1 – 2.30pm

Free English conversation classes

English corner is for people learning to speak English. You will look at artworks and talk about them together. Our English tutor will help you practise your speaking and listening skills. The sessions are friendly and our tutor will make sure you can join in even if you have only just started to learn English.

Free, no need to book. Groups of up to 10 learners are very welcome but must book.

For more information please contact: Ruth Edson:

Tel: 0161 235 8877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

Philosophy Cafe at First Wednesday

First Wednesday of the month, 6-8pm

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, amongst our world class exhibitions and collections.

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

Philosophy Cafe also takes place on the third Tuesday of every month, 10.15-12pm

For more information please contact: Ruth Edson:

Tel: 0161 235 8877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

First Wednesdays After Hours

We are open until 9pm on the first Wednesday of the month ( starting from Wednesday 6th February 2019 ) with a varied programme of events. Take the opportunity to drop in after work, listen to some music or attend a talk, have a bite to eat and a drink with friends and try something new after hours.


Thursday and Friday daytime

Highlights tours

Every Thursday and Friday 2-3pm

Join a guided tour of our world class exhibitions and collections and discover the fascinating stories behind the art and our historic building in these expertly guided tours. Each guide has their own style and choice of artworks, so no two tour are the same.

Tours also take place on Saturday and Sunday, 2-3pm.

Free, no need to book.


Weekends

Highlights tour

Every Saturday and Sunday, 2-3pm

Join a guided tour of our world class exhibitions and collections and discover the fascinating stories behind the art and our historic building in these expertly guided tours. Each guide has their own style and choice of artworks, so no two tour are the same.

Tours also take place on Thursdays and Fridays, 2-3pm.

Free, no need to book.

Tour in British Sign Language

Second Sunday of every month, 3-4pm

If you are a BSL user then this is the tour for you. Jennifer Little delivers a tour directly in BSL with no interpreter. Find out more about current exhibitions and discuss your reactions and thoughts about the art on display.

No need to book. Meet Jennifer in the atrium near the Information desk.

For more information please contact: Meg Parnell

Tel: 0161 235 8855
Email: m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Mindful Marks

Seasonal Sundays throughout the year, 12-2 pm

De-stress and draw with artist Naomi Kendrick in these multi-sensory and experimental workshops using mindfulness-based techniques. Stay for two minutes or two hours; it’s up to you. Everyone is welcome.

Free, drop in

For more information on the next session please check the website events pages or contact: Louise Thompson

Tel: 0161 235 8844
Email: l.thompson1@manchester.gov.uk

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