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Rethinking the collection

We are learning from different perspectives by collaborating with people and city-wide partners. Rethinking the collection has already led to some changes in the galleries and it will enable more in future. It is exciting to imagine what we don’t yet know, what stories might emerge and what might change.

Taking Stock

Starting in 2023, Manchester Art Gallery is Taking Stock of the collection. This is a unique opportunity to explore the rich potential of the City’s collection and how it is used.

A programme of building repairs at Manchester Art Gallery, Platt Hall and our conservation studios in Queens Park will lead to better storage and physical access to our collections, as well as safeguarding their future. This work will transform how our collection is experienced by visitors and used by staff, volunteers, artists and communities.

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Experience Manchester Art Gallery wherever you are. Immerse yourself with our new digital resources on the free Bloomberg Connects app.
Take a look behind the scenes, discover new and old favourites, the stories behind the objects, videos and much more.

And view our collection of oil paintings on Art UK

Our collection of 2,132 oil paintings can also be explored on Art UK. Here you can also discover 212,732 artworks, explore 3,261 venues and meet 38,370 artists. Art UK is the online home for every public art collection in the UK.

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