Manchester Art Gallery's amazing collection of fine and decorative art has been redisplayed in a innovative and imaginative way, with each gallery space having a special theme within a broadly historical framework.
A major highlight of the fine art collection is the outstanding collection of 19th century Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The gallery spaces in the new wing are now dedicated to 20th century British art. Manchester Art Gallery also owns an internationally renowned collection of decorative art, including ceramics, metalwork, textiles and furniture. The collection is astonishingly diverse, ranging from ancient Greek pottery to contemporary furniture.
Open: Tues-Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.00-17.00
Closed Mondays, Good Friday, 24-26 December, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
This is the city's major art gallery, located in the city centre. It is mainly housed in a building from 1825 that was formerly home to the Royal Manchester Institution, but also in two other buildings. It is a big gallery with many different compartments, the most famous being the British one with many Turner paintings and a fantastic collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. I came mainly to see that one, but also enjoyed the Dutch and French paintings. I skipped the modern section because my time was limited and in such a case I just prefer historical paintings.
I really enjoyed my visit here, not only because of the wonderful paintings, but also because the interior of the building is beautiful and it was a joy to wander around the rooms and climb up the grand staircases.
Opening times: 10.00am to 05.00pm daily, to 09.00pm on thursdays
Recently had a major refurbishment costing 35 million pounds -- the gallery has an internationally renowned collection of 25,000 paintings with some 2,000 on display.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
The Manchester Art Gallery showcases a lot of north western artists, and has a good selection of pre-Raphaelites as well. There is also an interactive gallery for kids and the curious among you. The building was once the Victorian Royal Institution and has been a gallery since the late 1800's. It's had extensive renovations and houses a good solid collection of Victorian art.
Despite its reputation it really doesn't rain ALL the time in Manchester (sometimes it snows!). But when it does rain there is still always plenty to do as the city hosts a profusion of art galleries, museums and other "rainy day" attractions, not least of which are its eclectic collection of pubs!
The pubs aside though, the veritable "Jewel in the Crown" has to be the city's main art gallery which used be called "The City Art Gallery" but is now simply called "The Manchester Art Gallery".
It may have changed its name since I lived here and undergone a multi-million pound revamp but, as with the city itself, it still retains its original fascinations and delights with the modern additions being a bonus rather than a detraction. This is a perfect example of a municipal art gallery offering a stunningly diverse range of artworks, of both local and international renown, classical and contemporary, and has set out to appeal to as wide a cross-section of the populus as possible. The gallery is particularly family-friendly with a couple of the rooms devoted specifically to interactive exhibitions intended to appeal to children of all ages and if my last visit is typical it certainly succeeds.
As an interesting piece of history the original collections were gifted to the then Manchester Corporation in 1882 by the Royal Society on the proviso that the Corporation invested at least 4,000 pounds a year on further aquisitions and the gallery quickly outgrew its original space. A second gallery was then built (The Athenaeum), immediately behind, to house the overflow and the latest revamp has now connected the two buildings and created a further atrium space which now hosts various temporary exhibitions such as the current Choe U-ram's works (pic 3).
The gallery's permanent collection includes works by many British and European masters from the 17th and 18th centuries as well as more modern pieces such as Henry Moore's "Mother and Child" and of course examples of Manchester's very own LS Lowry's uniquely idiosyncratic style. The permanent collection also features what is regarded as one of the finest aquisitions of works by the Pre-Raphaelites who's works were contemporary with the city's heyday and it is indeed Rossetti's rather georgeous women that have stuck in my mind ever since my first visit here all those years ago.
The top floor is used for various temporary exhibitions and at the time of writing is host to a fascinating set of sculptures by the Korean artist Gwon Osang and a summer holiday spectacular based around the works of children's author and illustrator Lauren Child who was briefly a student here at Manchester Poly.
This really is well worth the visit and of course being municipal is also free (though a small donation is always appreciated). Opening times are Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm plus bank holiday Mondays.
The Manchester Art Gallery has a wide range of artwork including an exceptional collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, although they have work from many eras, from ancient pottery to contemporary art.
I am not a major fan of Art, especially 'Modern Art', but I have always found something fascinating to look at here.
The Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am untill 5pm. It is closed Mondays, except for bank Holidays. It is also closed on New Years Day, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Eve.
Entry is free and there is plenty to see inside. On the ground floor aswell as the shop and restaurant is the CIS Manchester Gallery. On the second floor is the gallery of craft and design, which I found quite interesting, along with the quirky modern art section. On the first floor are more traditional painting spanning many different styles and centuries.
*Shut on Mondays except Bank Holidays*
Manchester has one of the best permanent collections of Pre-Raphaelite work in the UK, ranging from the early 1850's paintings of Holman Hunt and Rosetti through to the later works of William Waterhouse (my favourite).
The Pre-Raphaelites created an entirely new style of painting using bright colours and taking medieval chivalry and romance for their inspiration. They also documented some of the social themes of the Victorian age - work, religion and emigration as well as commenting on the morality of the times. Many of the paintings are inspired by literature such as The Lady of Shalott and Ophelia.
The permanent Pre-Raphaelite collection is on the first floor, Manchester City Art Gallery.
The gallery is a great place to spend a few hours. The second floor has changing exhibitions varying from traditional to contemporary and the ground floor has a shop, and a cafe which is a great place to have lunch. They serve really good food, the soup is particularly good, and you can also have a glass of wine.
The MANCHESTER ART GALLERY recently underwent a massive 4-year renovation and now has twice the exhibition space. They opened rooms that went unused for years and hung artworks from the collection that had been languishing in storage.
Works representing all major movements in Western art from the Renaissance to today can be viewed, with a particular emphasis on High Victorian art and the pre-Raphaelites. You can see canvasses by Turner, Gainsborough, Canaletto, Ford Madox Brown, William Blake, Lord Leighton...and all this before you enter the new extension containing modern art! Bacon, Freud, Henry Moore, Stanley Spencer and of course local lad Lowry are here on view.
Then there is the art and design gallery in the top floor of the Athaneum building...plus an excellent shop, cafe, interactive gallery and a mixed media space that explores the city's history and culture through its art and design. The temporary exhibits change frequently and are usually free, although there is one or two shows each year that charge admission.
I like to mooch round art galleries when I have some time to kill , and this one was particulary good. As well as some good modern stuff it had some Canaletto's which are always worth seeing , the odd Lowry and some William Blake's who I'm a really big fan of.
My last visit to the Art Gallery was in April 2009 and there is an interesting permanant collection which is housed in 21 rooms and three floors including Pre-Raphaelites and Lowry/Valette sections. There is a gift shop and cafe.
The Art Gallery had a couple of temporary interesting exhibitions including 'Ten Drawings' by Leonardo da Vinci and also work from Paul Morrison.
On most Thursdays at 2.00pm, a free tour is offered around the gallery where the highlights of the collection is shown.
The city's formest gallery reopened in May 2002 after a £35 million makeover; if its forebear was impressive, this one is spectacular. the gallery is divided into three distinct sections linked by a stunning new atrium. The first is the original gallery, designed by Charls Barry(The architect of the Houses of Parliment) in 1834. The impressive permanent collection on the 1st floor covers post 18-century art, with such notables as Gainsborough, Canaletto, Conatable, Turner, and Rodin represented. Other rooms contain one of the country's finest collection of Pre- Raphaelite art. The ground floor also contains a cafe`.resturant and the ubiquitous gift shop.
The new gallery has a permanent collection devoted to British art of 20th century , with painting by Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, David Hockney & many more. There is also a separate room for visiting exhibitions, which will mainly show international contemporary art.
The third setion is housed within the A thenaeum, joined to the rest of the gallery via an atrium also desinged by Charles Barry, the Anthenaeum opened in 1837 as a gentlemen's club, and its main feature is the impressive former lecture hall. It is now a home to a new gallery of Craft & Design, which features an international collection of varied items including textiles, toys & dolls, houses dating from 1000 BC to the modern day. Also in Athenaeum is the collection of pre-17th-century art, with works predominately from the Dutch and early Renaissance master.( admission free; open 10am-5pm Tues-Sun)
A fantastic place to while away an afternoon, as well as a varied and interesting permanent collection and high-quality visiting exhibitions, the thing I really like about this gallery is the wonderful descriptions of the stories behind the paintings, making it all far more interesting! As with all the Manchester Galleries, there are fantastic activities for kids.
Just restored it is well known for its wonderful Pre-Raphaelites with masterpieces like Arthur Hughes's 'Ophelia' or William Holman Hunt's 'The Light of the World'. Beside that you'll find some modern art, installations and a excellent interactive gallery [fun not just for the kids ;-)]
new things afoot at manchester art gallery....lots of actual art has gone astray....we have a smiths room....mostly blank...and a photo exhibition.......if you want a real art gallery go to the walker in liverpool....much better....