Manchester Art Gallery

Art clubs

We have four monthly art clubs, so there is something for everyone!

Open doors

Open doors is a creative workshop especially for children with autism and other social communication issues, their families and carers. We open our doors early just for you so that you can come enjoy and explore art together as a family. We have a designated Quiet room in the gallery, a space away from everything to feel safe and calm. For children and young people aged 5-16.

Please feel free to call Sarah on 0161 235 8869 if you have any questions or would like to find out more.

Drop by the third Saturday of every month, 9.15am – 10.45am

Baby art club

Baby Art club is a space where carers and babies can play and explore together inspired by artworks in our collection. Often babies are exploring things for the first time and we let you determine the pace and play in the session. We aim to create a relaxing, sociable and flexible environment. For babies who aren’t yet walking.

Every first Friday of the month, 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.30pm

Sessions last 45 minutes
To book one week in advance call 0161 235 8888

Baby Saturdays

Just like Baby art club but on a Saturday so working mums and dads can come along.

First Saturday of the month, 1 – 3pm
No need to book, drop in

Mini art club

At Mini art club we aim to support language, physical development and social skills by looking at artworks and exploring ideas and materials in our studios. It’s an active, lively and fun session and we hope that parents and children come away feeling inspired and energised. For children aged 1-4 year olds and their families.

Second Friday of every month, 10.15 – 11.15am and 11.30 – 12.30pm

Book one week in advance before the session call 0161 235 8888

We can’t take group bookings for Mini art club; you can book a place for you, your child(ren) and a friend and their child(ren). Groups of more than two adults will be asked to re-book onto the next session.

Family art club

Every second Saturday of the month, 1 – 3pm

Family art club is a place to develop and extend creativity. Our artists and volunteers support children and carers to look closely at artworks, talk about what they see, make creative choices and try out new techniques. It’s a space for the whole family to enjoy and make together. For children aged 5 – 11 and their families

No need to book but please come along early, registration closes at 1.30pm.


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