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 Katy McCall 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 Friday

Baby Friday is our day devoted to babies. We welcome you to have a self-guided session in the morning in the Clore Art Studio, which is open 10am-5pm. In the afternoon come along to Baby art club, which is a bookable session 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 1.15pm and 2.30pm. (Not on during school holidays)


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

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. (Not on during school holidays)

If you don’t manage to book on we welcome you to have a self-guided session in the Clore Art Studio, open from 10am-5pm.


Sessions last 1 hour
To book one week in advance call:
Tel: 0161 235 8888

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 weekend

The second weekend of the month, 1 – 3pm

Each month we are inviting a different artist to introduce a transformation into the Clore Art Studio. Create, discuss and learn together with a diverse range of artists over the year.

For children aged 5-11 with their carers. Drop in, no need to book.

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