Manchester Art Gallery

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Manchester Art Gallery’s doors may be closed, but our art is still beating

During the Coronavirus restrictions Manchester Art Gallery will offer a range of beneficial programmes to bring creativity, health and hope into the homes of residents of Manchester and beyond.

Manchester Art Gallery is responding to Coronavirus by taking its activities and collections online, with a positive approach that will help Manchester residents through this very challenging time. While the physical galleries have necessarily been closed to the public, staff are working behind the scenes to take its collections, community programmes, wellbeing activities and education work into people’s homes through our digital platforms.

Creativity, care and consideration

The gallery has been at the centre of Manchester life for nearly 200 years and seen many wars, crises and struggles, but this is the first time we have been forced to close our doors to the public. Fortunately, this has happened in a digital age, and this does not mean we stop work, but can do our bit to help people through this difficult moment.

The role of the gallery has always been to ensure creativity, care and consideration informs all aspects of the way we live. Our mission and vision remains the same, to be an art school for everyone at every stage of life and to play a role in civic thinking. Through the website and social media these same ambitions will be translated into activities, which have the aim of making people feel better during this period of isolation and offer some hope for a thriving culture beyond the crisis.

Of course, it’s a challenge and, like everyone, we are definitely learning along the way as we move to this new way of working, but it also gives us a chance to give some oxygen to the vast array of things we do that are not always visible. Our staff and volunteers are thinking creatively and are excited about exploring new ways of connecting people with our collections, our archives and the ideas that have shaped his historical institution through thick and thin. It’s at times like this that you realise the value of our public museums and galleries as free places for people to come together and, on the other side of this, we are going to need our city’s cultural centres more than ever to re-socialise and celebrate the strength and resilience of human culture.

Would you like to get involved?

Please do give us your feedback about our programme as it develops and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see us doing, or if you have ideas for how you could get involved. We’re open to any suggestions and will do our best to make your ideas happen.

Keeping up to date

Up to date information will be published here and our social media channels:


Platt Hall



Schools programme

Our schools programme is cancelled until further notice. For any enquiries about school visits please contact Emma Carroll:
Tel: 0161 235 8854

Or Lorraine Callaghan:
Tel: 0161 235 8842

Events programme

All public events, activities and public engagement sessions are cancelled until further notice. If you have any enquiries about our events programme, please refer to our Departments and contacts page to contact staff directly.


Courtesy of Catriona Morgan, Principal Operations Manager.