Out of the Crate
Come and look behind the scenes of Manchester’s publicly owned sculpture collection. Part exhibition, part research space, Out of the Crate delves into the un-tapped history of the collection. This is an opportunity to investigate sculpture through access to stored collections and archival material. With works spread across three rooms, you’ll be able to find out what’s in store and how we look after it, help unlock hidden stories about works we know very little about, and explore how artworks might encourage conversation.
More on display
We have about 500 sculptures from antiquity to the present day and, until now, fewer than 3% were on display. As well as modern and contemporary works, there are 19th century sculptures and works from earlier periods that have rarely been seen this century and are under-researched.
Materials and techniques
On display are a large range of materials including marble, bronze, wood, glass, ceramic and paper, a variety of sizes and shapes and different techniques of making. From bronze medals decorated with reliefs to large-scale free-standing 3D works, you can now see 25% of the sculpture collection here.