Adult programmes and events

We hold regular talks, tours and workshops, designed to enhance your enjoyment of our exhibitions and support your learning journey.

Highlights tours

Volunteer guide showing group around the 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.

Focus tours

Volunteer guide showing group around the gallery
Usually the first Saturday or Sunday of every month, 3pm - 3.45pm, free drop in.

Take a themed tour led by a trained guide from the Friends of Manchester Art Gallery, exploring themes such as Fashion and Art, Impressionism, the influence of Africa and Asia on 20th century art and much more.

Visiting with a group

Guided tour of the gallery

There are lots of ways to get the most out of a group gallery visit anytime.

We can provide a booked guided tour of the gallery at a time that suits your group, whether you are new to the gallery or have been many times, there is always more to discover. These tours have an £80 minimum booking charge.

We love to know you've been with your group so don't forget to sign in at the info desk when you get here. It's also really helpful if you let us know you're coming so please contact us in advance if you can. Please contact Kate Day or Meg Parnell:

Tel: 0161235 8855

Art talks and lectures

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. 

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:


  • 16 January
  • 20 February
  • 20 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

English corner

Guided tour of the gallery

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

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.

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

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

Thursday's at 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:


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.