Stories from Manchester Art Gallery


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Manchester Art Gallery has recently welcomed its 3 millionth visitor through its doors since we re-opened in 2002. And with a consistent satisfaction rate of 99%, that's a lot of happy visitors!

Maybe you're one of those 3 million, if you are we'd love to find out what Manchester Art Gallery means to you. Tell us what impact the gallery has had on your life - big or small.

To get some inspiration, check out our film above, Stories from Manchester Art Gallery, featuring all kinds of people talking about the difference the gallery has made to them.


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Your stories

It's hard to remember that back in the 80s there was nothing much to do to on a wet Sunday when you were desperate to get out of the house with three little children - no Sunday trading back then! On such a day I took my three little children to the City Art Gallery for the first time. As we arrived my daughter, then aged about 3, said, 'I love this house, this is my favourite house! Come and see my favourite man.'

She scrambled up the stairs, led us through the Galleries and stopped in front of a large portrait of a Regency buck with a beauty patch on his face - sadly no longer on display I think.

Unbeknownst to me she had been taken to the Art Gallery by her nursery school in Ardwick several times.

My daughter, now grown up, has never lost her love of art, galleries and museums. She studied some history of art modules at university and now works in a Manchester museum!

Susie Nicholson
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I have loved all the visiting exhibitions you have put on in the last year. Things are looking up at the Manchester Art Galley, and congratulations to whoever has been curating.

Really inspiring, engaging, varied, challenging, exciting, adventurous, and thought provoking - art and installations. Extremely welcome. PLEASE PLEASE keep on going.

Kate Parsons

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Although I now live in Melbourne, Australia, every two years I come back to visit my favourite gallery when I am 'home' to see Mum & Dad.

As a teenager I spent every Sunday afternoon with my boyfriend gazing up at the beautiful paintings in the gallery. It made the cold and wet vanish as we we were swept up into another world. We used to sit in the cafe and talk about the paintings afterwards then leave with the sunshine inside us. I have maintained my love of art and now I paint myself.

Dakini Maddock 

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The art gallery is an inspiring place for my own artwork and also a place to relax, think about the world. So many of the exhibits have a atmosphere that cleanses the mind and entertains the brain. Me, my friends and family all enjoy the Manchester Art Gallery, whether passionate about art or not.

Elizabeth-jayne Lambley 

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It means a lot to me as a pupil, I look at this gallery as a step up. 

Lasean Mattis

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