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 adult programmes offer a variety of ways that ignite curiosity through talking, making and noticing.


Tuesday

Take notice

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

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 cafe 

Second Tuesday of every month, 10.15am – 12pm

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 fourth Thursday of every month, 6pm-8pm.

For more information please contact: Ruth Edson:

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

Mindful marks

Second Tuesday of every month, 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 please contact: Louise Thompson

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


Wednesday

Art bites

Every Wednesday, 12:30pm

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

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


Thursday daytime

Highlights tours

Every Thursday, 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.

Making conversation

Third Thursday 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, to book a place please call 0161 235 8855.

For more information please contact Meg Parnell:
Tel: 0161 235 8855
Email: m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk


Thursday evening

Thursday lates

Every Thursday until 9pm

Meet with friends, catch an exhibition in your own time, or drop in for a few minutes to revisit a favourite art work. There are plenty of free workshops, talks and performance events programmed too, so watch this space for details or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
@mcrartgallery
#MAGThursLates

Make space

First Thursday of every month, 6 – 8pm

Artists experiment, make mistakes, try new things and mess about with materials and ideas. At these Make Space workshops we invite artists to share one component of their playful practice with us, inspired by art on display.

So you won’t necessarily go home with a completed art work (even though you might), but you will take a way a new skill, a new way of doing things, or a new way of looking at art or life.

No need to book, just drop in.

For more information please contact: Kate Day

Tel: 0161 2358855
Email: k.day1@manchester.gov.uk

Philosophy cafe at Thursday late

Fourth Thursday of every 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 second Tuesday of every month, 10.15-12pm

For more information please contact: Ruth Edson:

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

Tour in British Sign Language at Thursday late

Second Thursday, bi-monthly, 11 Feb, 14 April, 9 June 2016, 6.30-8.30pm

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. Tours are also on Sunday afternoons, bi-montly

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

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 Thursday, 2-3pm.

Free, no need to book.

The art of wellbeing tour

Last Saturday of every month, 12.30-1pm

Join our traditional guided tour with a wellbeing twist. Learn about the Five Ways to Wellbeing through a guided tour of our artworks.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives

This new guided tour will discuss five artworks that illustrate each of the Five Ways.

Free, no need to book.

Tour in British Sign Language

Second Sunday, bi-monthly, 10 Jan, 13 March, 8 May 2016 6.30-8.30pm

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. Tours are also on Sunday afternoons, bi-montly

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

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