Manchester Art Gallery

MAG Unlocked : Looking for Love

We will be looking at paintings, sculptures and photographs that have all been inspired by, or represent, love in its many forms and phases. Whether it is romantic, religious, familial, erotic, or passionate love, it’s all been explored by artists in diverse ways throughout time.

Manchester Art Gallery has an amazing team of volunteer guides who deliver tours at the gallery usually four times a week While we can’t gather people together physically for tours at this time, the team will be delivering online sessions twice a month using Zoom.

Using Zoom

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together.

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

Booking

To join this MAG Unlocked session please book here.

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session.


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Derek Jarman Queer, 1992

Curator’s tour of Grayson’s Art Club

While the gallery is closed due to Covid restrictions, this is a unique opportunity to see the exhibition of works selected by artist Grayson Perry during Grayson’s Art Club, the popular Channel 4 TV series.

This show is a crystallisation of the feelings and obsessions of artists from all over the country whether it is their first painting since primary school or they are world famous.

Grayson Perry

All the works on display are very personal visual representations of lockdown, made by the public, well-known artists and celebrities for Grayson’s Art Club. This celebration of creativity in people’s homes chronicled the changing moods of Britain in isolation, providing a unique record of this globally experienced extraordinary time.

Many people sought solace in making art and expressed themselves with humour, pathos and imagination, encapsulating life under lockdown. The programme clearly demonstrates the way people use art as an essential part of their lives.

Alongside the public’s artworks, the exhibition features pieces by celebrities Jenny Eclair, Noel Fielding, Harry Hill, Jessica Hynes, Joe Lycett, Kevin McLeod, Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves), Liza Tarbuck, and artists Jeremy Deller, Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, Chantal Joffe, Martin Parr, Raqib Shaw, David Shrigley and the Singh Twins.

Join exhibiton curators Natasha and Fiona for a very personal and up-close tour of the exhibition via Zoom.*

Read more about Grayson’s Art Club, at Manchester Art Gallery.

Booking

The tour will be delivered via Zoom. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

*Zoom details will be emailed to you prior to the event.

It’s honestly the most heartwarming and joy bringing initiative! I cannot wait to visit @mcrartgallery to see the wonderful collection xxx

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MAG Unlocked: Trading Station

The gallery collection includes this cosy image of a familiar occasion titled: Evening, by Isabel Codrington. Join Manchester Art Gallery guide Richard to look deeper into a history of exploration, commerce, deception and exploitation illustrated through the Trading Station exhibition of art works and objects featured in our Design gallery.

Manchester Art Gallery has an amazing team of volunteer guides who deliver tours at the gallery usually four times a week. While we can’t gather people together physically for tours at this time, the team will be delivering online sessions twice a month using Zoom.

Using Zoom

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together.

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

Booking

To join this MAG Unlocked session please book here.

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session.

Future dates:

Saturdays, 6 February 2021, 4 – 5pm
Saturdays, 20 February 2021, 4 – 5pm

MAG Unlocked: Looking backwards, looking forwards

Tour Guide Ann Jackson will introduce you to some of these works and examine the artists’ intentions. 

Manchester Art Gallery has an amazing team of volunteer guides who deliver tours at the gallery usually four times a week While we can’t gather people together physically for tours at this time, the team will be delivering online sessions twice a month using Zoom.

Using Zoom

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together.

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

Booking

To join this MAG Unlocked session please book here.

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session.

Future dates:

Saturdays, 6 March 2021, 4 – 5pm
Saturdays, 20 March 2021, 4 – 5pm

MAG Unwrapped : 10 presents for Christmas from the MAG collection

The volunteer guide team will give us ‘gifts’ of art works from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. Imagine a pot luck festive feast of visual images as each guide shares their choice of art work.

Manchester Art Gallery has an amazing team of volunteer guides who deliver tours at the gallery usually four times a week. While we can’t gather people together physically for tours at this time, the team will be delivering online sessions twice a month using Zoom.

Using Zoom

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together.

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

Booking

To join this MAG Unlocked session please book here.

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session.

Future dates:

Saturday, 9 January 2021, 4 – 5pm
Saturday, 23 January 2021, 4 – 5pm

MAG Unlocked: ‘True to Life’ and ‘East meets West’

True to Life – British Realism in the 1920s and 1930s  – Realism in the twentieth century does not describe a defined art movement; more a group of individual artists intent on depicting honest, unidealised, contemporary subject matter, and often working against the avant garde trends of the day. Join tour guide, Debbie to explore the range of styles and ideologies exhibited by these artists, using paintings from the gallery’s collection. 

East Meets West – From the 1830s, British artists began to travel independently to the Middle East to capture on canvas the bustling cities, the scenery and scenes of everyday life. They became known as The Orientalists, a term and approach now widely debated. Join tour guide Isabelle exploring the way artists painted countries on trade routes, Eygpt, Turkey, Palestine.

Manchester Art Gallery has an amazing team of volunteer guides who deliver tours at the gallery usually four times a week. While we can’t gather people together physically for tours at this time, the team will be delivering online sessions twice a month using Zoom.

Using Zoom

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together.

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

Booking

To join this MAG Unlocked session please book here.

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session.


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William James Müller An Encampment in the Desert, 1844-45

MAG Unlocked – Life, renewal and the rhythm of the seasons


Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turned

This is Shakespeare’s haunting reflection on the mysterious coming and going of the seasons, and Manchester Art Gallery is the perfect place to see it all play out beautifully. Join volunteer guide John Ward as he explores the enriching and life-giving qualities of both Spring and Autumn as revealed in our historic, modern and contemporary art.

Manchester Art Gallery has an amazing team of volunteer guides who deliver tours at the gallery usually four times a week. While we can’t gather people together physically for tours at this time, the team will be delivering online sessions twice a month using Zoom.

Using Zoom

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together.

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

Booking

To join this MAG Unlocked session please book here.

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session.

Future dates:

Saturday, 20 March 2021, 4 – 5pm


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Frederick James Porter Landscape with River

MAG Unlocked: Greeks in the Gallery

Join tour guide Pauline and explore the myths and legends illustrated by some of the pictures and sculptures in the gallery.

Manchester Art Gallery has an amazing team of volunteer guides who deliver tours at the gallery usually four times a week. While we can’t gather people together physically for tours at this time, the team will be delivering online sessions twice a month using Zoom.

Using Zoom

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together.

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

Booking

To join this MAG Unlocked session please book here.

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session.

Future dates

Saturday, 20 February 2021, 4 – 5pm
Saturday, 6 March 2021, 4 – 5pm

MAG Unlocked: Out of the crate

Out of the Crate is an exciting exhibition of the Gallery’s sculpture collection, much of which had not been displayed for many years. The three rooms show how works are stored and cared for, explore hidden stories about works we know very little about, and encourage conversation about art. This part of Manchester Art Gallery is temporarily closed because of Covid, but this illustrated talk from tour guide Julia will give you a taste of the delights in store for you when it re-opens to the public. 

Manchester Art Gallery has an amazing team of volunteer guides who deliver tours at the gallery usually four times a week. While we can’t gather people together physically for tours at this time, the team will be delivering online sessions twice a month using Zoom.

Using Zoom

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together.

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

Booking

To join this MAG Unlocked session please book here.

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session.

Future dates

Saturday, 23 January 2021, 4 – 5pm
Saturday, 6 February 2021, 4 – 5pm

Highlights tour

Join one of our brilliant volunteer guides for a tour of the Gallery. Find out more about art on display, the building and the history of the gallery.

Every guide designs their own tour, so each tour is slightly different depending on the personality and interests of the guide.

Tours take place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Everyone welcome.

Free