Adult programmes and events

We have a regular programme of events for adults designed to spark your curiosity and imagination through talking, making and debating. Most of the programme is free.

Highlights tours

A tour takes place in a gallery

Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2.00 – 3.00pm, free drop in.

Three times a week a trained guide from the Friends of Manchester Art Galleries leads an introductory tour around the gallery. Each guide has their own style and personal favourites, so it’s a different tour every time.

Take Notice: de-stress with art

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Bower Meadow.

First Tuesday of every month
12:15pm, 1pm
Free, no need to book, just turn up
Take Notice is a 30 minute free, lunchtime session where visitors are guided in looking at and engaging with artworks using mindfulness-based techniques. Recent studies have shown that practising Mindfulness can reduce stress, improve our brain’s ability to process information and lift our mood. No previous experience required. Come along and have a go.

Lunchtime Art Bites

Highlights tour

Art bites - every Wednesday, 12.30pm - 1pm, no need to book

Say what you see and chat with other visitors and our friendly Art Bites volunteers team. You don't need to know anything about art to join in with this informal chat based on the things we can see in the gallery. We look at two art works each week and talk about our responses to them. Looking at art is a great way to unwind, take a break in the middle of a busy day and think about things we don't always get time to. 

English corner

Free English conversation class. Practice speaking English with others whilst enjoying two of our artworks on display. Our English tutor will lead you in activities that help practice speaking and listening skills. It's free, no need to book, just meet at Information.

Every  second Wednesday of every month, 1pm - 2.30pm and every third Thursday of the month 6.30-8 pm. There is also an English Corner at Manchester Museum on the first Tuesday of every month from 1-2.30pm.

Tuesday's, Manchester Museum
4 Feb, 4 March, 1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 5 Aug

Wednesday's, Manchester Art Gallery
1-2.30 p.m. 12 Feb, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 Aug

Thursday's, Manchester Art Gallery
6.30-8 p.m. 20 Feb, 20 March, 17 April, 22 May, 19 June, 17 July, 21 Aug

For more information please contact, Ruth Edson:


Making Conversation

Participants in a gallery workshop

A series of creative workshops taking place throughout the year, on the third Thursday of the month between 1pm - 4pm.

This experimental approach to understanding and making art uses all your senses. You'll find your own approach during the sessions of talking, trying new creative techniques and socialising at these friendly workshops. The workshops will take place on a monthly basis on the following dates:


  • 17 April
  • 15 May
  • 19 June
  • 17 July
  • 18 September
  • 16 October
  • 20 November
  • 18 December


  • 15 January
  • 19 February
  • 19 March

All materials and refreshments are provided. If you would like to go, you will need to book a place on 0161 235 8888.

To get involved contact Helena Lee on:
Tel: 0161 235 8877

Want to know more?

Taking part in a workshop
For more information about any of the events listed above (and to book) please see the individual events pages via the events calendar, or contact us.

Tel: +44 (0)161 235 8888

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Events calendar

Events at Manchester Art Gallery
Use the events calendar to find out what’s on on any particular day.

Get involved

Guests at a Friends of Manchester Art Gallery event
Join the Friends and get more involved with the life of the gallery.