Vision & Mission

Manchester City Galleries are proudly part of Manchester City Council and belong to the people of Manchester. We believe that creativity can be a powerful force in making a healthy society and achieving positive social change. We meet the needs of Manchester’s varied communities, connecting art and people through exhibitions, engagement and education. Art can expand our knowledge of the world and our sense of place within it.

At our three sites – Manchester Art Gallery, Platt Hall, and our Conservation and Research Centre in Queens Park – we care for a collection of over 50,000 objects including art, craft and design and clothing. In our 200th year, we are taking stock of our collection, working with and for the people of Manchester to shape our future.

We are committed to working in partnership, offering free social spaces and building collaborations with communities, agencies, charities and other council services. We place people at the centre of all that we do, using our resources to make the city a fairer place. This commitment to social justice includes actively working to address the inequalities of class, race, gender, sexuality, age and disability as well as improving our environmental sustainability.