Manchester Art Gallery

Clore Art Studio


Welcome to the Clore Art Studio; a space for families to be creative together

Creative thinking and art making have a transformative power, enhancing wellbeing and improving lives. You can try out activities for families to be creative together. Using our collections of paintings, fashion and design as inspiration you can draw, build, dress up, play or just relax and chat.

What can you do in the space?

  • Dressing up area
  • A giant blackboard
  • Watch a film about Manchester made by artist-filmmaker Andrew Brooks
  • Drawing and making table
  • Building with soft blocks

Closure of Clore Art Studio – from 2 March until 16 May 2020

Our children’s gallery is moving downstairs, to a brand new, purpose built activity space especially for families. While we are closed we will be running creative sessions during the weekends between 11am and 4pm.

March – 7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd, 28-29th

April – 4th-5th, 11th-12th, 18th-19th, 25-26th

May – 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th

During the week drawing materials and our Explorer Toolbelts will be available from the Informaion Desk.

Don’t miss our February half term activities:

Costume Factory

Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 21st


Ask for a flyer at the information desk

Working with families across Manchester

As 1 in every 4 children in Greater Manchester is living in poverty we want to ensure our family programme is accessible, relevant and supportive of other agencies working across the city to fight inequality. Did you know we run a health visitor clinic for new parents at the gallery? Working in partnership with the Manchester Health Visiting Team and Sure Start, we deliver creative health and education services for families of 0 to 5 year olds. We’re also working with members of the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University to examine how access to art and culture can help us understand child development.