Ardwick Heritage Trail

The Whitworth Art Gallery


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The Whitworth has been part of the cultural landscape of Manchester since 1889, when it was created as the first English gallery in a park as the Whitworth Institute. The Gallery would, as its founding mission set out:

Secure a source of perpetual gratification to the people of Manchester & and cultivate taste and knowledge of the Fine Arts of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

The Whitworth Art Gallery was founded in 1889, as The Whitworth Institute and Park during the great period of Victorian philanthropy, and was originally a voluntary cultural, educational and technical institution marking the memory of the North West’s great industrialist, Sir Joseph Whitworth, after whom the park and gallery were named. JW Beaumont won a competition in 1891 to design the Gallery which is now home to some of the UK’s finest collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers.

For more information visit The Whitworth Art Gallery website

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