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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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  • Culture Recovery Fund

    13 October 2020

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    Yesterday we received the very welcome news that we were successful in our application to the Culture Recovery Fund.

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  • Unearthing the mysteries of Manchester Art Gallery’s lost sculptures

    14 September 2020

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    As part of the ongoing Out of the Crate exhibition, a group of volunteers have been tasked with researching some of the gallery’s ‘cold cases.’ This refers to items in the sculpture collection about which the gallery knows very little. The gallery is also encouraging members of the public to engage in active research and […]

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  • Making Conversation in Lockdown

    7 September 2020

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    By lead artist Naomi Kendrick Making Conversation is an adult learning workshop the gallery that was established in 2006. Each workshop is led by me Naomi Kendrick, artist Helen Newman and a dedicated group of volunteers. It is a friendly social space where people gather to explore the gallery’s exhibitions, discuss their feelings about the […]

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  • Sarah Parker Remond commission

    3 September 2020

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    In 1859, African American, lecturer and abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond came to Lancashire to appeal to mill owners and cotton workers to support the US anti-slavery movement, she spoke in the Atheneum (now part of Manchester Art Gallery) and said the words: “ When I walk through the streets of Manchester and meet load after […]

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  • A safe place that is part of a healing process

    22 July 2020

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    What do people get from volunteering here? As a volunteer manager, I spend quite a bit of time having tea and coffee with volunteers. Sometimes in groups but often for a one to one chat. This is the part of the job that I love – spending time with people, getting to know who they […]

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