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  • What will change on 19 July?

    19 July 2021

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    In line with Government guidance we are asking visitors to wear a face covering when inside the Gallery, unless they are exempt. The Government’s latest guidance makes it clear that Step 4 does not mark the end of the pandemic or the need for caution and restraint and lists wearing face coverings among the key […]

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  • Re-imagining Manchester Art Gallery

    19 May 2021

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    This new hang is part of our ‘show-our-working’ approach to the Gallery rethink. Over the coming years we will be working with a group of co-curators whose lives have been affected by migration to completely rethink the space. In the interim we need to create an environment which helps start conversations on the subject of […]

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  • Artworks going out on loan

    6 May 2021

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    Our Loan Manager, Siân Stephenson complied a list of loans that are going out recently.   Manchester Art Gallery has loaned three works from the collection to Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life at The Hepworth Wakefield.  The exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of the gallery opening and will be the largest exhibition of Hepworth’s work since the artist’s […]

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  • A Mystery Solved: Peter Clough 1928-91

    11 April 2021

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    Out of the Crate, which displays about a third of the Manchester Art Gallery’s entire sculpture collection, has changed all that for us. It seems that admitting you know nothing at all is the first step towards obtaining a wealth of knowledge.     Here’s what we said on the label for Little Monster, by […]

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  • Virtually there

    27 January 2021

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    Not so many years ago, the process of planning a new exhibition or display relied upon rickety foamex models of gallery spaces along with fiddly pieces of photocopied paper – representing the artworks – and bluetack. It worked, after a fashion, but was hardly the most useful way of approaching this complex task. Here at […]

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  • 10 More novel ways to spend lockdown

    14 January 2021

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    Patrick Kelleher from our Visitor Services Team shares his recommendations for lockdown reads. Well, here we are again; another year, another lockdown and that means the gallery is still closed to the public. In the meantime, we’re here with another selection of novels about artists, or with art-based themes, that might help fill that gallery-shaped […]

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  • Unlocking ‘Work’ by Ford Madox Brown

    18 December 2020

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    Since the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic, our team of guides have been unable to deliver live tours in the Gallery, due to lockdown closures and the need for social distancing. We now offer virtual tours once a fortnight over Zoom in the MAG Unlocked programme. We have chosen Ford Madox Brown’s painting ‘Work’ on a number of occasions and focussed […]

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  • Gallery 1 – Creative Families

    17 December 2020

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    In an art gallery, a toddler balances on a row of low sponge tiles, a baby reaches up to the light fittings in the ceiling and a small girl puts a finger to her lips and creeps quietly around a corner so as not to wake the giant painting of a lion. Children participate in […]

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  • Message in a Bottle – Workshopping in a Pandemic by Naomi Kendrick

    15 December 2020

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      Naomi Kendricks shares with us her experiences as an artist working in Covid-times.  At the start of the year my role as a freelance artist looked completely different. In essence my job was to gather people together in gallery and community settings and Sure Start centres. These spaces were a place of exchange: exhibitions, […]

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  • Understanding Manchester Art Gallery’s Contribution to Pandemic Recovery

    27 November 2020

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    Here in Manchester, like many regions across the north, we have been preparing for the transition next week from lockdown to Tier 3. While we are not surprised by this, the cultural sector is devastated by the news that museums, galleries, theatres and other public venues will not be able to open. This is particularly […]

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