Heroes and Monsters

 Heroes and Monsters at Manchester Art GalleryCyclops, Jim MedwayMedusa, Jim Medway

20 July - 19 September

'...nothing short of a perfect summer holiday day out.'
Manchester Evening News

Join us this summer on a quest around the gallery and back in time. Meet the classical heroes and mythic monsters that lurk among our sculptures and watch from the paintings on our walls.

Come and play in our Heroes and Monsters exhibition (20 July - 19 September) and see Jim Medway’s fantastic mural. It brings those Ancient Greek superbeings into our modern world and sends you on a journey of discovery around the gallery.

There you can put on your crown and pick up one of Jim’s amazing interactive Hero Quest maps. You are the hero in your own epic story as you play, draw and imagine your way around the gallery, finding mysterious objects, meeting other heroes and immortals and slaying monsters.

Entry to the exhibition and all events is free

Super WednesdaysSuperboy, Jim Medway

Dance, make a costume and draw

28 July, 4, 11, 18, 25 August

1–3pm (sign in from 12.30pm)

Show us your superhero moves in our dance workshop. Discover your immortal powers and make a superbeing costume to take home. What will you do in it? Fly? Throw thunderbolts? Turn invisible? It’s up to you. Draw your super-self to add to Jim Medway’s mural.

Monster Thursdays

Play music, write poems and make a costume

29 July, 5, 12, 19, 26 August

1–3pm (sign in from 12.30pm)

Little ones can make monster music while older children create spine-chilling rhymes in our performace workshops. Make a monster costume to take home and you can turn into something scary whenever you want.

Heroic Fridays

Role-play and make a costume

30 July, 6, 13, 20, 27 August

1–3pm (sign in from 12.30pm)

Play the hero in our interactive story workshop. Get dressed for a quest - make jewellery and headdresses or shields and helmets to take home. Even if you can’t make it to one of the costume-making workshops, why not bring your own costume (superhero, princess, monster, anything you like!) to wear on your Hero Quest around the gallery?

Family friendly film shows

When you need a break from your quest, take in a big screen epic (in association with the Family Friendly Film Festival).

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Jason’s woolly adventure Fri 30 July, 11am

Hercules (1997)

A Disney animated classic Fri 6, 11am


Family Friendly Film Festival launch event

Claymation workshop

Friday 30 July,

1pm (sign in from 12.30pm – limited places)

Make your own screen epic in claymation!

Other activities for families


Don’t forget all the other things you can do at Manchester Art Gallery. See the Weekends at the gallery for families page for full details. You can also download the Family events calender here.

Visiting with your family

Visiting with your family
Everything you need to know to make the most of your visit with your family.

Heroes and Monsters resources

Things to do, books to read and places to go online for more information about Greek heroes and monsters.

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