Manchester Art Gallery


Room to Breathe

Mindfulness and the art of getting away from it all

2 April 2022–6 April 2025

Jade Montserrat

Constellations: Care & Resistance

An active research space supporting artist Jade Montserrat in creating new work to be acquired, exhibited and displayed by the Gallery.

5 November 2020–5 June 2022


Open Doors

A series of creative sessions especially for autistic children and their families.

21 May, 10am–12pm

  • Open Doors

    A series of creative sessions especially for autistic children and their families.

    21 May, 10am–12pm

  • Gallery tour : Cancelled

    Get to know Manchester Art Gallery with a guide.

    22 May, 12pm–1pm

  • What is REALLY going on when we look at art?

    Take part in an exciting research study exploring the relationship between art and mindfulness and enjoy a free voucher for our café!

    25 May, 10.30am–4.30pm

Modern Nature

Modern Nature, narated by Rupert Everett, is Derek Jarman’s chronicle of life in his remote cottage on the barren coast of Dungeness in the years after his HIV diagnosis. Facing an uncertain future, Jarman found solace in nature, growing all manner of plants.

Originaly broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2019, Modern Nature is available to listen to in full until September 2020.

An introduction to mindfulness

Wellbeing Manager Louise Thompson is offering a weekly mindfulness session, starting here with a gentle introduction to what mindfulness actually is.

Platt Hall

During its 250-year lifespan Platt Hall has been a domestic house, an art school, a police headquarters, a tea room, accommodation for European refugees, a work camp for WW1 conscientious objectors and, from 1947-2017, the Gallery of Costume, the world’s first dedicated museum of dress.

Now it’s changing again. Platt Hall Inbetween is a project to explore what the Hall’s next chapter could be. Visit or @mag_platthall for project updates, collection stories, and an enchanting peep behind the scenes.

Conversations between Manchester Art Gallery staff, volunteers and freelancers. Filmed during lockdown, July 2020, via Zoom.

Fine Art Curator Hannah Williamson takes us past the surface imperfections of the painting Master and Pupil by Jacob de Gheyn II.

Recent Acquisitions: Costume Curator Miles Lambert talks about Cristabel Balenciaga's Evening Dress from 1968.