Submitting a proposal

We welcome exhibition proposals from artists, curators and members of the public, although our programme is always booked well in advance.

Manchester Art Gallery has a mixed programme of contemporary, historic, fine and decorative art, costume and photography exhibitions. The programme is planned two to three years in advance and there are usually between 4 and 6 temporary exhibitions and 3 to 4 new collections displays per year. All of our exhibitions originate from our in-house curatorial team or are the result of collaborations with other museums, galleries, universities, professional organisations and direct invitations to artists. None of our exhibition or display areas are available for hire.


Unsolicited proposals will be reviewed by the Curatorial team and other colleagues as appropriate. Due to the very high volume of such proposals received we can only respond to ones relevant to our programme. We only follow up proposals in very exceptional circumstances.


Events at Manchester Art Gallery
Take part in a wide range of events, from guided tours to hands-on workshops.