Maria Balshaw at exhibition opening

Help us to continue to host a world class exhibition programme, reinterpret our renowned collections and to reach further with our education programmes. By sponsoring one of our exhibitions or displays you and your company can enjoy a range of benefits for your colleagues and guests. You will be at the centre of our exhibition launch activities, you can entertain your guests amongst the art in our beautiful listed building and you will receive invitations to special events and enjoy curator and artist led tours before the exhibition preview, as well as working with our press and marketing teams to secure press coverage and communicate your brand key messages to our audience.

Forthcoming programme sponsorship opportunities

As a company or an individual you can sponsor our exhibitions and displays, our galleries and our education suite. The following opportunities are available to support as an individual or as a company and packages start from as little as £5,000.

Manchester City Galleries Programme

Christian Dior: Designer in Focus

7 June 2013 – 13 January 2014
Platt Hall, Gallery of Costume

Christian Dior (1905-1957) was the most celebrated couturier of the mid 20th century. Beginning with his iconic ‘New Look’ in 1947, he reigned supreme in Parisian fashion for ten years until his untimely death in 1957. This show looks at some of his iconic outfits which are recent acquisitions for the Gallery’s collections, together with loans from other museums. Rare Paris label outfits include Wallis Simpson’s ‘New Look’ suit together with catwalk pieces from the 1950s.

Alison Erika Forde
27 July - 10 November 2013

A young and emerging artist, Forde draws on her dreams and memories of past experiences to produce fantastical images. Her imagery and illustrative style is influenced as much by graphic novels, comic strips, street art and kitsch as it is by fine art’s history and whilst initial viewing suggests a disarming playfulness, her work is imbued with a vital mischief and dark humour.

Art For All? The Horsfall collection
Manchester Gallery
June 2013

This exhibition is inspired by the work of local philanthropist Thomas Coglan Horsfall who pioneered the use of art galleries in education and as a means of improving the lives of deprived children. His achievements were remarkable.
It will feature artworks from Horsfall’s Manchester Art Museum that are still in our collections today and will examine whether the meanings he ascribed to the objects have stood the test of time.

All that Solid Melts into Air
Curated by Jeremy Deller
September 2013 - January 2014
Jeremy Deller explores the roots of working class musical culture, from 19th century industrial folk to glam and heavy rock music in the 70s and 80s. The exhibition will combine contemporary works with a vast range of objects and images.

Home, Land and Sea: Art in the Netherlands 1600-1800
May 2014

We will be redisplaying our collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings incorporating works by contemporary artists too. It is one of the most important collections in the UK and includes works by Pieter de Hooch, Gerard Dou and David Teniers.

Joana Vasconcelos
February – May 2014

With high profile works and exhibitions at Versailles, Venice Biennial and Palazzo Grassi, Joana Vasconcelos’ is an exciting figure in the international art circuit. Her sculptures and installations, as well as performances and video or photographic records, reveal an acute sense of scale and mastery of colour, while combining in the materialization of concepts that challenge the prearranged routines of daily life.

June 2014- September
An exhibition featuring work by artists that work with machinery, either modern or old fashioned, in wonderful and innovative ways.

The Manchester Gallery
June 2014 – June 2015 ongoing
An annual programme curating Manchester through art, objects and the stories people make with them.

The Sensory War
First World War Centenary commemoration
Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, Platt Hall Gallery of Costume
September 2014 – January 2015

A collaboration between our venues to commemorate 100 years since the start of WW1.

Eastern Exchanges
Craft and design from East Asia
February – May 2015

This exhibition explores how the historic craft traditions of China, Japan and Korea influence and inspire contemporary designer makers working in ceramics, metal, fibre crafts and other materials. The Gallery of Costume at Platt Hall will show a range of outfits by influential Japanese designers working from the 1980s to today, including Issey Miyake, Kenzo and Yamamoto.

Sponsor our education suite
Every year nearly 25,000 people of all ages take part in activity taking place in our education studios. Help us continue to deliver our award winning educational work by sponsoring our education suite.


More information

For more information about our sponsorship opportunities please contact: 

Tel: +44 (0)161 235 8873
Email: mag.development@manchester.gov.uk

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