MAG Unlocked: Still Life and Objects of Desire

Our guides delve into the Manchester collection and present a fortnightly talk via Zoom. Exploring ideas, thoughts and a range of perspectives, these sessions are a great way to get to know to the gallery and its artworks from the comfort of your own home.


A two part session exploring still life and everyday objects from MAG’s collection.

Still Life

Manchester Art Gallery holds an extensive collection of still life paintings from the  C18th Dutch Golden Age to contemporary art.

Join  Gallery guide, Richard as we focus on examples that illustrate significant turning points in the history of still life artworks and explore some of the cryptic symbols that provide a commentary on the  human condition.

Jan Van Huysum, Still Life:Flowers & Fruit

Objects of Desire

William Morris said ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be beautiful or believe to be useful’

For many cultural traditions aesthetics is an important aspect of the everyday, and all of us enjoy having objects we value purely for their beauty. Join Gallery guide Deborah Leftwich as we explore aspects of beauty and utility in objects from around the globe.

OPject – Ambiguity Series No.7 – Jin Eui Kim, 2015

This talk is online as a Zoom webinar.

Please book through Eventbrite and login details will be emailed to you 2 hours before the start of the event.

Book onto this session here