Why support us

Maria Balshaw

Message from Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of Manchester City Galleries

The success of Manchester Art Gallery has always depended on the support and patronage of it's supporters.

Opened in 1834, our building was originally named the Royal Manchester Institution for the Promotion of Literature, Science and the Arts and was entirely funded by private philanthropists passionate about art and the difference it can make to people’s lives.

Today we continue to rely on our supporters to provide a key source of income to Manchester Art Gallery, one of the city’s oldest and greatest cultural institutions, and the Gallery of Costume, which houses one of the most important collections of costume in the country

Please support our work by becoming a Patron, Friend, Corporate Member or Sponsor. With your support we can:

  • continue to deliver our widely acclaimed artistic programme which educates, engages and inspires our visitors
  • look after the collections in our care, ensuring their long term preservation
  • buy new works of art and items for our collections, keeping our collections relevant to today and leaving an engaging legacy for future generations

How you can support us

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Maria Balshaw with Kelley Walker and others
As an exhibition sponsor you have the opportunity to meet the artist.