Past Events

Behind the Scenes at Queen’s Park Conservation Studios

Wednesday 16 October, 2pm
Queens Park
Join us for another chance to go behind the scenes at our Conservation Studios in Queen’s Park. You’ll be able to witness our conservation work in action and to hear about our latest projects by our conservation experts.

£10 excludes transport. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.
An event for Best Friends and Patrons.
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Christian Dior, 1947-57: The Iconic Fashion Decade

Thursday 24 October, 6.30pm
Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall

Join auctioneer Kerry Taylor for a talk about Christian Dior's extraordinary life and career, his continuing influence on fashion, and find out why his pieces are so collectable.

Kerry Taylor has handled the collections of Leslie Caron and Audrey Hepburn. More recently she sold the infamous ‘see through’ dress worn by Kate Middleton, which first caught the eye of Prince William!

£10. Booking is essential
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Curator-led tour of the Dutch and Flemish Collection Re-Display

Saturday 25 May, 11am
Manchester Art Gallery

Curator Henrietta Ward leads a tour of the brand new redisplay of our Dutch and Flemish paintings, which will incorporate works by contemporary artists. These include many great works by prominent painters such as Pieter de Hooch, Gerard Dou, Isack van Ostade, David Teniers and Abraham Bloemaert, making our collection one of the most important in the country.

Free event. Booking is essential.
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Trip to Wallace Collection

Saturday 22 June, 11am

Like Manchester Art Gallery, London’s Wallace Collection also houses a special collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings, including Frans Hal’s iconic Laughing Cavalier, and has recently re-displayed them. Join us to learn about their very different interpretation of their collection and discover the connections between both galleries.

£12 includes private tour, excludes transport and lunch
Booking is essential as numbers are limited and minimum numbers apply.
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Legacy Information Evening

Thursday 2 May, 6pm
Manchester Museum

Manchester Art Gallery is working with Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum to raise awareness of the crucial difference that can be made to the city through the generosity of supporters who make a gift in their will. If you have ever considered supporting us in this way, or just want more information, this event will be an ideal opportunity to find out more. The evening will conclude with an optional tour of the Museum.

Free event. Booking is essential.
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Behind the Scenes at the Gallery of Costume

Tuesday 21 May, 10.30am
Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall

Take a peek at the Gallery of Costume’s hidden treasures. With over 20,000 items in the collection, this is a unique chance to visit the vast archive where you will swoon with envy at the vintage couture dresses, exquisite shoes and to-die-for bags.

£10. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.
An event for Best Friends and Patrons.
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Farrow & Ball colour wheel

Farrow & Ball event - Pattern & Colour in the Home with Kate Osbourne, Colour Consultant and Harrogate Showroom Manager

Thursday 21 March, 6.30pm
Manchester Art Gallery

Pattern & Colour in the Home is an inspirational talk on how to transform your home with paint and wallpaper. This illustrated and informal talk will explain how, through the simple use of paint and wallpaper, you can achieve striking results in your home. Discover new ways to approach decorating as well as developing your knowledge of colour families and wallpaper designs.

You will also participate in a practical workshop where you can experiment with Farrow & Ball products and decorate a small bespoke tray to take home with you. Let your creativity flow!

£10. Booking is essential.
Numbers are limited and bookings must be made in advance

Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball, Official Paint Sponsor of Manchester Art Gallery
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Behind the Scenes at Queens Park Conservation Studios

Monday 15 April, 2pm
Queens Park

Join us on an exclusive event taking you behind the scenes at our Conservation Studios in Queen’s Park. Witness our conservation work in action and to hear about our latest projects by our conservation experts.

£10. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.
An event for Best Friends and Patrons.
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Silver Study Session

Tuesday 28 February, 6.30pm Manchester Art Gallery

A rare opportunity to gain an insight into the development of English domestic silver by handling examples from the galleries' stored collection. Led by Ruth Shrigley, Principal Curator: Collections Access £10.

Booking is essential as numbers are very limited. ......................................................................................................................... Attendees at Friends event

Supporters Christmas Party

Thursday 6 December 2012, 6 - 8pm

A mince pie, glass of wine and our chance to say thank you for all your support over the last 12 months. Our annual Christmas party is hosted by Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of Manchester City Galleries and Whitworth Art Gallery.

Free event. Booking is essential.
An event for Friends, Best Friends and Patrons.

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Trip to Tate Britain’s Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde exhibition

Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December, 9 am

For those of you missing Work and other much loved paintings from our Pre-Raphaelite collection we are delighted to offer you a very special chance to see them in Tate Britain’s new exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde. We have arranged two early morning tours of the show which include complimentary entry to the exhibition, at 9am (before it opens to the public) on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December. We do hope we will see you there for this unique opportunity to see what promises to be a fantastic exhibition and avoid the crowds!

Please note that travel to London and lunch on the day is not included.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

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 Hettie Ward

Peasants merrymaking outside an Inn by Philips Wouwerman

A Man with a Dog in a Landscape Abraham Bloemaert

Dutch Oils Supporters Event

Thursday 29 November, 6-7.30pm

The Gallery has over one hundred 17th Century Dutch and Flemish paintings, only a small proportion of which are currently on display. The collection includes many great works by prominent painters, making it the most important collection outside London. A new project is underway which will culminate in the complete redisplay of galleries 11 and 12 with new lighting which will bring out the jewel-like qualities of these extraordinary works. We’ll also include work by contemporary artists whose work will help to enrich and open up new ways of understanding the historic works.

The project is being led by Hettie Ward as part of a new Curatorial Traineeship scheme set up by the National Gallery and supported by the Art Fund. Her research is focussing exclusively on Manchester’s collection.

As with all our projects we always rely on support to be able to realise them and we will be launching an appeal on the evening, as well being able to hear from Hettie about the progress she is making and the plans going forward.

You can keep up with Hettie's work on her blog.

Booking

Free event. Booking is essential.

Tel: 0161 235 8814
Email: friends@manchester.gov.uk

An event for Friends, Best Friends and Patrons.

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Visitor in the Gallery of Costume

Behind the Scenes at the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall

Tuesday 20 November 2012, 2pm

Take a peek at the Gallery of Costume’s hidden treasures with Senior Curator Dr Miles Lambert. With over 20,000 items in the collection, this is a unique chance to visit the vast archive where you will swoon with envy at the vintage couture dresses, exquisite shoes and to-die-for bags.

£10, excludes transport. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.
An event for Best Friends and Patrons.

The First Cut

Curator-led tour of The First Cut and Rob Ryan in Conversation

Friday 5 October 2012, 1 – 3pm

Curator Fiona Corridan will lead a tour of the exhibition followed by a chance to hear Britain’s best known paper artist, Rob Ryan, in conversation. Ryan creates intricate cut-paper works which have been transferred to limited edition prints, ceramics, fabrics and other surfaces. He has also produced a series of books and album covers and has collaborated with Paul Smith, Liberty, Fortnum and Mason and Vogue amongst others. For The First Cut Rob will create his largest paper-cut to date. Rob will be signing his books after the event.

£10.
An event for Friends, Best Friends and Patrons.
Image: I miss being a small girl © Rob Ryan

Behind the Scenes at Queens Park

Wednesday 17 October 2012, 2pm

Join us on an exclusive event taking you behind the scenes at our Conservation Studios in Queen’s Park. You’ll be able to witness our conservation work in action and to hear about our latest projects by our conservation experts.

£10 excludes transport. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.
An event for Best Friends and Patrons.

Inspired by Early 20th Century Abstraction Watercolour class

Saturday 3 November, 11am-5pm

This practical event gives you the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes to our art store with curator Rebecca Milner to view and discuss rarely seen works from our collection by early 20th Century European artists. After this you will to take part in an interesting and engaging practical art class based around some of these works. Suitable for both beginners and those with some experience. Session led by artist and lecturer Paul Brotherton.

£60, all materials and refreshments included. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.
An event for Best Friends and Patrons.

Handbag from the Gallery of Costume collection

Behind the Scenes at the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall

Tuesday 3 July 2012, 2pm

Take a peek at the Gallery of Costume’s hidden treasures with Senior Curator Dr Miles Lambert. With over 20,000 items in the collection, this is a unique chance to visit the vast archive where you will swoon with envy at the vintage couture dresses, exquisite shoes and to-die-for bags.

£10, excludes transport. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.
An event for Best Friends and Patrons.

What’s in a frame?

Saturday 15 September, 2-3.30pm

Frames are vital to our experience of pictures and how we view the images they contain but they often go unnoticed as we are drawn to what’s within them. This talk will explore the hidden stories of frames focusing on 19th Century examples from our collections including those designed by artists. As part of the talk you will be given the chance to see some examples from our collections in store.
£10.
An event for Friends, Best Friends and Patrons.

Handbag from the Gallery of Costume collection

Behind the Scenes at the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall

Tuesday 3 July 2012, 2pm

Take a peek at the Gallery of Costume’s hidden treasures with Senior Curator Dr Miles Lambert. With over 20,000 items in the collection, this is a unique chance to visit the vast archive where you will swoon with envy at the vintage couture dresses, exquisite shoes and to-die-for bags.

£10, excludes transport. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.
An event for Best Friends and Patrons.

Joa Studholm

Colour Outside The Home: Farrow & Ball Colour Talk Event with International Colour Consultant, Joa Studholm 

Saturday 26 May 2012, 2-4pm

See colour in a whole new light with this illustrated and informal talk, explaining how, through the simple use of colour, you can achieve striking results both inside and outside your home. Joa will offer advice on how to approach decorating as well as developing your knowledge of colour families and both interior and exterior paint finishes.
£10
An event for Friends, Best Friends and Patrons.

Farrow & Ball

Conservation studio

Behind the Scenes at Queens Park

Tuesday 1 May 2012, 2pm

Join us on an exclusive event taking you behind the scenes at our Conservation Studios in Queen’s Park. You’ll be able to witness our conservation work in action and to hear about our latest projects by our conservation experts.

£10 excludes transport. Booking is essential as numbers are limited.
An event for Best Friends and Patrons.

Tatton Park Open

Trip to Tatton Park Biennial

Saturday 12 May 2012, 11.30-5pm

This event is now fully booked

Join us for a trip to this unique contemporary art event, including a tour by the Biennial’s curators. Up to twenty artists will be participating in this year’s exhibition, entitled 'Flights of Fancy', developing new works that reference Tatton Park's aeronautical legacy as well as the human urge to accomplish the impossible.

Ticket price includes entry to the house, gardens and the private tour £30 (including transport) or £20 excluding transport. Please note due to the timing of the tour (1pm) lunch is NOT included.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited and minimum numbers apply.
An event for Friends, Best Friends and Patrons.

Hepworth Museum

Trip to the Hepworth Wakefield

Saturday 10 March 2012

A group of Friends visited The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire’s inspiring new art gallery, for a wonderful day trip a that included guided tours and a lively lunch, as well as free time to explore the gallery and it's inspiring and diverse collection.

Suzanne, an opalescent Lalique statuette on bronze base fitted for illumination

Rene Lalique, Premier Jeweller of the Belle Epoque

Saturday 14 January 2012

Antiques expert Eric Knowles returned to the galley to examine Rene Lalique's early career from 1876 which eventually led to him being recognised as France's premier jewellery designer and maker. This lively illustrated talk chronicled his meteoric rise to fame on the international stage before turning his attention to his unique glass wares in 1907.

Eric recently published a new book, Lalique, which he signed copies of after the event.

He's a Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Thursday 9 February 2012

We had a great evening at the Gallery of Costume celebrating men's fashion with Eric Musgrave, author of Sharp Suits. Eric charted the history of men's tailoring and fashion, focussing on the twentieth century and there was a chance for everyone to get up close to some key pieces in our collection. 

Randolph Caldecott, Children's Illustrator

14 May 2011

Lady Mary Mallick, a Manchester Art Gallery Patron, gave a talk which shed some light on Randolph Caldecott, a little known and talented artist who studied at The Royal Manchester Institution for the Promotion of Literature, Science and the Arts, the building that later became Manchester Art Gallery. We had the unique opportunity to view some of his rarely seen works (including some bequeathed to the gallery in 1933 by Beatrix Potter) which were bought out of storage especially for the event, alongside works from Lady Mallick’s own collection.

Flashback: Anish Kapoor Talk and Tour

9 April 2011

Natalie Rudd (Sculpture Curator, Arts Council Collection) gave Friends a chance to hear more about the Arts Council Collection, which includes works by major British artists of the 20th century, and continues to acquire innovative and significant work by emerging artists today. This was followed by an in depth tour of the Anish Kapoor: Flashback exhibition with Natalie and contemporary art curator Kate Jesson.

This event was held in conjunction with the Contemporary Art Society. 

Art Pottery: A Victorian and Edwardian Legacy with Eric Knowles

19 March 2011

We were delighted to have antiques expert Eric Knowles join us for an informative and entertaining talk on art pottery. Best known for his appearances on Antique’s Roadshow,  Eric discussed the work of Pilkington’s (some of which can be seen in our current special exhibition) alongside that of the other British major art potteries. The event was followed by a book signing.

woman playing infront of sirens

Inspiring Music, Arresting Art

15 April 2010

 Patrons of both Manchester Camerata and Manchester Art Gallery came together on  to enjoy an exclusive concert by Camerata cellist Hannah Roberts in the wonderful surroundings of Manchester Art Gallery's world class permanent collection.

The magical evening was arranged to thank Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Camerata Patrons for their vital support, which helps both these great cultural institutions survive and offer art and music to the people of Manchester and beyond.

Interview with Anthony d'Offay

January 2010

Back in January 2010, Manchester Art Gallery was thrilled to present part of ARTIST ROOMS, a prestigious new collection of international contemporary art which was gifted in 2008 to the nation by Anthony d'Offay, one of the most important and influential art dealers of our time. D'Offay who began dealing in London in the late 1960s, represented and worked with major artists including Rachel Whiteread, Ron Mueck, Jasper Johns, Gilbert & George, Anselm Kiefer, Willem de Kooning, Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys.



Assisted by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), The Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments, this gift, of over 725 works by seminal artists, is one of the largest ever made to museums in Britain.

Jointly managed and cared for by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, the concept of ARTIST ROOMS is built around individual rooms devoted to particular artists. Many of the rooms were conceived as specific installations by the artists themselves and all have been assembled so that the work of important contemporary artists can be seen and appreciated in depth.



Here Anthony d'Offay talks with Leila Aitken about ARTIST ROOMS, collecting and what art means to him:



LA: Your very generous gift of over 725 artworks is obviously one of the largest gifts ever made to museums in Britain. What made you want to give away your world-class collection?



AD: The collection was made with the intention of making these rooms, and it was always done with the idea of their going into the public domain. These were not works of art which we had in the dining room at home. They are room installations and they are trying to tell a very specific story about an artist. If you look at the rooms in the Tate, for example, they have a certain intensity to them which is to do with how the works relate to one another. At the moment or this year there will be more than 30 rooms all over the country.



LA: What kind of impact do you think this gift and the exhibition of these of these works will have on museums and galleries throughout the UK and their audiences.



AD: There are seven ARTIST ROOMS in Tate Modern on view for a year and if you think of Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, Robert Therrien, Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, Jannis Kounellis, if they have a show, for example, in London in the West End, maybe their works are are seen by 10, 000 people. Here the rooms might be seen by 2, 3, 4 million people. It is a very different experience. Also, when they're seen by the public, the public knows that the works belong to them. This collection belongs very specifically to the United Kingdom and is looked after and cared for by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland. That is an entirely new concept.



LA: And the wonderful thing is that these works are available on loan, not just to places in London such as Tate but also to the regional galleries whose audiences do not always have the opportunity to have exposure to this kind of quality of modern and contemporary art.



AD: The artists we have chosen generally are well-known internationally so that young people have the opportunity to see something they probably couldn't see unless they came to London or possibly to Edinburgh. So I hope this is democratic in that sense. One of the conditions of the gift is that the public should not be charged to see the rooms. You know, what is the joy of museums in the United Kingdom? The joy is that they are free. What is the reverse side of that? The reverse side of that is that there is very little money for acquisitions. Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, have very limited budget for acquisitions. And those acquisitions have to compete with classic art, sometimes Old Masters, very often English artists. Does one want to buy a painting by Hogarth or a sculpture by Damien Hirst? It is a very difficult situation - a very difficult choice.

LA: For many regional museums and galleries in this country, unless they are taking a risk and buying artists right at the beginning of their career or getting gifts from collectors like yourself, they simply do not have the funds to acquire work by major artists.



AD: I may be completely wrong but I have the sense that the commitment to museums in this country is not the number one priority of most (commercial)galleries. Up until the last year before my gallery closed in 2001, over 60% of our sales were made to museums, of course many many of them abroad. We always considered we had two objectives: one was to put on shows for young people that they wouldn't otherwise see; the other was to sell to museums so that for the long term we were doing the best that we could for the artworks.



LA: Over what period of time have you put this collection together and also what was the first piece you acquired?



AD: I would say over 30 years and probably the first works we acquired were drawings by Joseph Beuys.



LA: You began dealing in the late 1960s and you became one of the most important and influential art dealers the art world has seen but how did you first become involved in the art world? What made you want to go in that direction?



AD: I was, like lots of young people, lonely, dazed and confused and I found some sort of comfort in terms of culture in the museum in Leicester. I felt by visiting the museum I could reach some sort of resolution to the dilemmas one faces as a teenager. There was some sort of feeling that one was approaching the truth. What you want is to start to asking yourself questions because out of that comes creativity. The whole point of culture and contemporary art is that by looking at great art you grow up. You increase your creativity by asking questions, and by getting closer to truth. Great artists deal with truths.



LA: Finally, which work of the many you have acquired over the year means the most to you and why?



AD: That is a question I can't answer because it is like saying which of your twelve daughters is the prettiest! If you want to see eleven glum faces... I think, I believe, that in the seven rooms in Tate Modern and the two rooms in Tate Britain, there are some things that seem to be signature works. Take for example, the Jeff Koons 'Encased' piece (with vacuum cleaners) and 'Winter Bears'. Those are two works which once you've seen them, you remember them. The sacks of Jannis Kounellis, remember those sacks from 1969, (sacks containing lentils, rice, peas, corn, beans, potatoes and coffee), that is one of the great signature pieces of Arte Povera. That great green painting from 1971with the cellist sitting beside it playing Bach also seems to me like a signature piece. Those pieces stand the test of time, stand the test of being strong, powerful and evocative wherever they are. Whether they are in Tokyo, Toronto, Manchester or London you know they are still great and important things. 



The Kiefer installation 'Palmsonntag' at Tate is a great work and, in the end, the great things you see stick in your memory. They seem pretty good and interesting when you see first them, but then they stick around in your mind over time. You feel that they work very well in the straight-forward level of seeing them in a museum but they also do their work over time in your mind. And that thing about greatness and about truth, it is important.

I just hope and pray that it starts a process for young people of asking questions, growing up, thinking. That is what it's all about. It isn't about wonderfully special works of art or collectors. It's to do with education.

I like going into the Warhol show (the Warhol ARTIST ROOM at Tate Modern) and seeing twelve young children sitting on the floor drawing the hamburger painting hung on top of Andy's cow wallpaper. I can't think of anything more wonderfully absurd than that! Andy would have loved it.



LA: Thank you Anthony. It has been an absolute pleasure and we look forward to seeing your show here in January 2010.
This interview took place on 6 July 2009


Artist Rooms       National Galleries of Scotland

Jake Chapman and Tim Marlow

Tim Marlow In Conversation with Jake Chapman

5 November 2009

Following our Manchester Art Gallery Friends talk which saw Jake Chapman, one half of the famous duo Jake and Dinos Chapman, in conversation with Tim Marlow, we are pleased to give you the opportunity to hear the unedited audio from the event.

The sound quality of the audio is not perfect but we hope it goes some way to make up for the poor acoustics experienced by some at the event itself. An edited film of the talk will be made available shortly.

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