Past Exhibitions

Emily Allchurch, Albert Square, Manchester (after Valette), 2015

Emily Allchurch In the Footsteps of a Master

Thursday 2 April 2015 - Sunday 8 June 2015

Emily Allchurch uses photography to recreate old master paintings and prints, creating contemporary narratives. The exhibition showcases Allchurch's celebrated Tokyo Story and Tokaido Road series, which pay homage to the 19th century Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige.

Jin Eui Kim, OPject Series

Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design

Thursday 2 April 2015 - Sunday 31 May 2015

See the amazing history and future of East Asian craft and design and its global influence in this exhibition inspired by objects from Manchester Art Gallery's collection.

Dress by Andrea Zapp


Saturday 25 October 2014 - Sunday 22 March 2015

Captured around the world, fashioned in Manchester: internationally renowned and Manchester-based media and textile artist Andrea Zapp reveals her first luxury womenswear collection. Working with scenes and photography from her global travels, Zapp has used urban views, rural panoramas, miniature scenarios and objects of culture and curiosity to create a visual portfolio which forms the essence of each stunning hand-made silk dress.

Gas Mask (SJ54), Sophie Jodoin, 2008, from the Series Helmets and Gasmasks, 2007-9

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War

29 November 2014 – 1 March 2015

This autumn, Manchester Art Gallery will present Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War, an exhibition of work by acclaimed British painter, Stanley Spencer, on loan from the National Trust's Sandham Memorial Chapel.

Gas Mask (SJ54), Sophie Jodoin, 2008, from the Series Helmets and Gasmasks, 2007-9

The Sensory War 1914-2014

Saturday 11 October 2014 - Sunday 22 February 2015

This major group exhibition marking the Centenary of the First World War explores how artists have communicated the impact of military conflict on the body, mind, environment and human senses between 1914 and 2014.

Four People Sunbathing, 1955, Michael Andrews

Radical Figures: Post-war British Figurative Painting

Saturday 16 March 2013 - Sunday 23 November 2013

This display explores the pioneering role that painters such as Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and David Hockney played in the reinvention of figurative art in the second half of the 20th century.

The Sting of Passion, brooch

The Sting of Passion

Saturday 11 July 2009 - Sunday 25 October 2009

Twelve international jewellery designers present new commissions in response to our Pre-Raphaelite painting collection.

Self Portrait, Wyndham Lewis

Between the Wars

Saturday 27 April 2013 - Sunday 13 October 2013

Benjamin Lignel, Bracito de Oro 2011, detail.

Under That Cloud

Saturday 19 November 2011 - Sunday 15 April 2012

Choe U-Ram, Urbanus Male

Gwon Osang and Choe U-ram: Asia Triennial Manchester 08

Saturday 5 April 2008 - Sunday 21 September 2008

See sculptures by contemporary Korean artists Gwon Osang and Choe U-ram at Manchester Art Gallery as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 08.

Illustration by Lauren Child

Green Drops and Moonsquirters: The Utterly Imaginative World of Lauren Child

Saturday 21 June 2008 - Sunday 21 September 2008

Join Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and friends in our interactive summer exhibition for under 7s and their families.

Holman Hunt, Awakening Conscience

Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision

Saturday 11 October 2008 - Sunday 11 January 2009

This autumn Manchester Art Gallery stages the first international exhibition in over 40 years dedicated to the life and work of Pre-Raphaelite master William Holman Hunt.

Leonardo da Vinci, Head of a Girl, detail

Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection

Saturday 14 February 2009 - Monday 4 May 2009

This exhibition celebrates the 60th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales. It's a rare chance to see ten of the Royal Collection's finest drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519).

Lowry, Going to the match

The Beautiful Game: Highlights from the PFA's Art Collection

Saturday 26 July 2008 - Sunday 9 November 2008

In celebration of the Professional Footballers' Association's centenary year, this is the first ever public exhibition of work from their art collection.


Saturday 28 February 2009 - Sunday 5 July 2009

Discover multi-media sculpture, photography and animation based on the theme of well-being. The award-winning, arts-based mental health service, Start Manchester, part of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, has created this new exhibition especially for display at Manchester Art Gallery.

Paul Morrison, Parthenocarp, detail

Paul Morrison

Saturday 14 February 2009 - Sunday 31 May 2009

Giant sunflowers and daisies tower over a ruined Greek temple and a country cottage. A menacing black sun (or moon) looms above. Could nature be out of control?

Dinu Li, Rusholme, detail

Press the * then say Hello

Saturday 15 November 2008 - Sunday 22 February 2009

Dinu Li's beautiful photographic portraits depict residents from Manchester's many different communities using call centres to keep in touch with their friends and relatives abroad.

Woman helps child with workshop activity

Family Art Club Showcase

Tuesday 18 November 2008 - Sunday 25 January 2009

See artworks produced at the gallery's family art clubs and inspired by our collections. Look out for them around the galleries, on display next to the original works.

Zaha Hadid, install proposal, detail

JS Bach / Zaha Hadid Architects

Friday 3 July 2009 - Monday 31 August 2009
Free entry during the day. Visit for booking details for evening concerts.

A major new commission by Manchester International Festival with Manchester Art Gallery. Bach's sublime solo works for piano, violin and cello will be performed in a unique environment created by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Francesca Woodman, On being an Angel, detail

Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism

Saturday 26 September 2009 - Sunday 10 January 2010
Tickets: £6 (concessions £4) Under 18s and Friends free.

Andrew Bracey, Penguin

Andrew Bracey: Animalation

Saturday 31 October 2009 - Sunday 28 February 2010

See a selection of flip-book inspired animations by Manchester-based artist Andrew Bracey in this new exhibition.

Marc Quinn, No Visible Means of Escape IV 1996, detail

Visual Dialogues

Tuesday 28 October 2008 - Sunday 15 March 2009

Look out for Marc Quinn's sculpture No Visible Means of Escape IV (1996) on loan from Tate and on display in our Victorian Galleries as part of the Visual Dialogues programme.

Mini Grey, What Are You Like? , detail

What Are You Like?

Saturday 4 July 2009 - Monday 31 August 2009

From Quentin Blake to Eric Clapton, 45 famous names reveal their favourite things in this exhibition celebrating the art of illustration.

Disparate de Miedo (The Folly of Fear), detail

Fantasies, Follies and Disasters: The Prints of Francisco de Goya

Saturday 15 August 2009 - Sunday 16 January 2011

Discover Goya's extraordinary use of imagination, wit and satire in this exhibition of around 30 rarely-displayed prints from our collections.

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Disasters of War, 1993

Visual Dialogues: Disasters of War

Tuesday 6 October 2009 - Sunday 19 September 2010

See the Chapman Brothers' gruesome sculpture Disasters of War alongside the Goya etchings that inspired it.

Yuen Minjun, Between Men and Animal

Facing East: Recent Works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection

Thursday 4 February 2010 - Sunday 11 April 2010

Prepare to be amazed by ten rarely-shown works by current and future global art stars from China, India and Japan. Facing East is a wondrous exhibition featuring outstanding contemporary paintings and sculptures drawn from one of the largest and most important, privately held contemporary art collections in the UK today.

Ron Mueck, Spooning Couple


Thursday 4 February 2010 - Sunday 11 April 2010

Ron Mueck's hyper-real sculptures of the human figure are tender portrayals of people in their most intimate, isolated and vulnerable moments. This exhibition features three of his remarkable, out of scale sculptures: Wild Man, 2005; Spooning Couple, 2005; and Mask III, 2005.

Richard Bannister with his Inspired by painting

Inspired by... 2010

Saturday 15 May 2010 - Sunday 18 July 2010

See the winners of our Inspired by… competition displayed alongside the work that inspired them in the gallery.

Dorothy Bohm, Spain

A World Observed 1940 - 2010: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm

Saturday 24 April 2010 - Monday 30 August 2010

This is the first comprehensive retrospective to trace Dorothy Bohm's exceptional photographic career – a career that spans six decades and several continents.

Charlotte Newson, Photo-mosaic portrait, Emmeline Pankhurst

Women Like You

Saturday 6 March 2010 - Sunday 9 May 2010

Charlotte Newson's photo-mosaic portrait of Manchester suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst is formed from thousands of images of other inspirational women, supplied by people around the world.

A soldier takes part in Soldiers Song

Quarantine: The Soldier's Song

Saturday 15 May 2010 - Sunday 4 July 2010

You're invited to sing a karaoke duet with a soldier. This quietly provocative installation was made by the Manchester-based Quarantine theatre company over an 18 month period with currently serving soldiers.

Design For Life, Lighting

Design for Life

Tuesday 23 February 2010 - Sunday 2 May 2010

Lighting created by young people from across Manchester together with lighting designer Daniel Davis James.

Artwork produced by Venture Arts

We Came, We Saw, We Ventured

Tuesday 9 March 2010 - Sunday 2 May 2010

Drawing, textiles and mixed-media artworks inspired by the gallery and our collections, created by people with learning disabilities.

Rafael Lozano Hemmer

Recorders: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Saturday 18 September 2010 - Sunday 30 January 2011

Inspired by... winner 2010

Inspired by... competition winners 2010

Saturday 15 May 2010 - Sunday 18 July 2010

See the winners of our annual competition for adults.

Empire marketing Board Poster, detail

In Translation: Women, Migration and Britishness

Saturday 25 February 2012 - Sunday 5 May 2013

Pilkingtons lustre jar

Exporting Beauty: Pilkington's Pottery and Tiles

Saturday 9 October 2010 - Sunday 9 October 2011

Anish Kapoor, untitled, detail.

Anish Kapoor: Flashback

Saturday 5 March 2011 - Sunday 5 June 2011

Ella Howarth artwork, detail

Inspired by competition 2011 winners

Saturday 21 May 2011 - Sunday 17 July 2011

NEESA Well Womens Project

NEESA Well Womens Project

Saturday 1 October 2011 - Sunday 27 November 2011

Mark Leckey, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, 1999

Mark Leckey: Work & Leisure

Friday 17 February 2012 - Sunday 18 March 2012

Roger Ballen, Twirling-wires

Shadow Land: Photographs by Roger Ballen 1983-2011

Friday 30 March 2012 - Sunday 13 May 2012

A Sleek Dry Yell, 2008 - Haroon Mirza featuring Richard "Kid" Strange

A Sleek Dry Yell, 2008 - Haroon Mirza

Saturday 21 April 2012 - Sunday 23 September 2012

Kelley Walker, work from the exhibition

Dreams Without Frontiers

Friday 29 June 2012 - Wednesday 1 May 2013

Donald Rodney, In the House of My Father, 1997

Focal Points: Art and Photography

Thursday 17 May 2012 - Sunday 7 April 2013

The First Cut

The First Cut

Friday 5 October 2012 - Sunday 27 January 2013

Raqib Shaw

Raqib Shaw

Friday 15 February 2013 - Sunday 26 May 2013

Scewstones, ring by Karl Fritsch

Karl Fritsch Jewellery

Friday 15 February 2013 - Sunday 23 June 2013

do it 2013

do it 2013 – a world premiere for Manchester International Festival

Friday 5 July 2013 - Sunday 22 September 2013

Elizabeth Redgrave, White Goosefoot and Grayling butterfly, 1806-89

Art for All: Thomas Horsfall's Gift to Manchester

Friday 7 June 2013 - Sunday 1 June 2014

The Lady in the Lake (detail), Alison Erika Forde, 2013

The Tallest of Tales: Alison Erika Forde

Saturday 27 July 2013 - Sunday 10 November 2013

Adrian Street and his father, 1973

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Saturday 12 October 2013 - Sunday 19 January 2014

Grayson Perry, The Adoration of the Cage Fighters

The Vanity of Small Differences

Thursday 24 October 2013 - Sunday 2 February 2014

Lilicoptère, 2012, Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine

Saturday 15 February 2014 - Sunday 1 June 2014

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with Inner Form, 1963

Sculptural Forms: A Century of Experiment

Saturday 15 February 2014 - Sunday 7 September 2014

Bernhard Schobinger, Scissor-Chain 2014

Bernhard Schobinger: The Rings of Saturn

Thursday 5 June 2014 - Sunday 19 October 2014

TR8 Ring, Paul Finch


Monday 25 November 2013 - Sunday 12 January 2014

Aan Ward, Dangerous Buildings, detail

Dan Dubowitz and Alan Ward: Citizen Manchester

Saturday 22 March 2014 - Sunday 22 June 2014

Detail from the Grayson Perry vase

Grayson Perry: Visual Dialogues

Tuesday 1 February 2011 - Sunday 12 February 2012

Ryan Gander, Make everything like it's your last - Gun_Gander 2013

Ryan Gander: Make every show like it's your last

Thursday 3 July 2014 - Sunday 14 September 2014

Toddler exploring Button World

Button World

Friday 23 June 2006 - Sunday 31 May 2009

Button World is a positive treasure trove for children, and imaginations will surely run wild as they explore a kaleidoscope of thousands of buttons of all shapes, sizes, colours and materials.

The Sirens and Ulysses (detail) by William Etty, 1837

Salvaged: Restoring the Sirens and Ulysses

Saturday 18 March 2006 - Tuesday 31 March 2009

See the results of the Gallery's most ambitious conservation project ever.

Created by artist Gwong Osang, a figure lies on the floor

Deodorant Type: Sculptures by Gwon Osang

Saturday 21 June 2008 - Sunday 21 September 2008

Redstar Harehills FC 2004

Paul Floyd Blake: Sport for Sport's Sake

Saturday 14 July 2007 - Sunday 14 October 2007

Paul Floyd Blake's striking photographic portraits show ordinary people involved in a variety of sports - from football to fell running - depicted against the backdrop of their chosen pursuit.

Frank Auerbach, Head of EOW, 1955

Frank Auerbach

Saturday 17 May 2014 - Sunday 10 August 2014

Three children wearing masks made as part of Artists in schools project

Artists in Schools

Saturday 26 April 2008 - Sunday 20 July 2008

A celebration of the creativity of Manchester school children highlighting the gallery's Artists in Schools programme.


Saturday 19 May 2007 - Sunday 17 June 2007

New purchases for the Corporate Members' collection

Chien Wei Chang One After A

Chien-Wei Chang: 21st Century Showcase

Wednesday 1 August 2007 - Saturday 31 May 2008

Taiwanese metal artist Chien-Wei Chang is the latest designer and maker to be featured in the 21st Century Showcase in the Gallery of Craft and Design.

Visual Dialogues

Saturday 10 February 2007 - Sunday 22 April 2007

The Creative Consultants (our team of young people) have chosen two contemporary photographs from Tate Britain to hang with the artworks in our Victorian galleries, creating a visual dialogue between old and new.

Ori Gerscht: Pomegranate

Saturday 13 January 2007 - Sunday 28 January 2007

In this video, a pomegranate stands out from a backdrop reminiscent of a sixteenth century still life until it is exploded by a high-velocity bullet.

Jo Roberts Sports City

Goals Jo Roberts

Saturday 20 October 2007 - Sunday 13 January 2008

Inspired by Celia Fiennes (1662–1741) who journeyed through England on horseback and came to Manchester in 1688, Jo Roberts will be a contemporary reporter coming to the city. She will take as her subject Manchester's two football clubs, revealing the quirky through drawing and writing, reflecting and observing.

The Manchester Madonna by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 years on

Saturday 6 October 2007 - Sunday 27 January 2008

This exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, the largest ever art exhibition in the UK, held here in Manchester in 1857.

Polaroid image of M13 Youth Project in Ardwick, Look07

Being Here: Photography by Eight Groups in Manchester

Saturday 14 April 2007 - Sunday 8 July 2007

This exhibition is the result of a photographic project commissioned by Look 07 working with eight groups and twelve artists. Each group presents what is distinctive about their experience of Manchester and has worked with photographic techniques from polaroids and pinhole cameras to digital media.

Sophie MacCorquodale: Waiting for the day

Saturday 20 January 2007 - Sunday 8 April 2007

Sophie MacCorquodale is the winner of the Crosby Manchester Art prize for 2005.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Dysfunctional Family 1999

Alien Nation

Saturday 17 March 2007 - Monday 7 May 2007

Laylah Ali, Hamad Butt, Ellen Gallagher & Edgar Cleijne, David Huffman, Hew Locke, Marepe, Henna Nadeem, Kori Newkirk, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Eric Wesley and Mario Ybarra Jr.

The Levantine Chess Set (detail) by Stephen Dixon, 1994

Visual Dialogues

Tuesday 6 November 2007 - Sunday 16 March 2008

The Creative Consultants - our group of young people who explore the exhibitions and collections and help to interpret art works for a young audience - bring together two art works, to create a visual dialogue in our twentieth century galleries. Watch out for their interpretation of these art works from mid January.

Kylie - The Exhibition

Saturday 30 June 2007 - Sunday 2 September 2007

Don't miss your only chance to see Kylie – The Exhibition in the north of England.

Collage of accessories created by Birch Community centre inspired by Victorian lost property list

Art Treasures in Manchester 150 Years on: Community Exhibition

Saturday 19 January 2008 - Sunday 20 April 2008

A special exhibition celebrating the creativity of the communities of Manchester. Inspired by the Art Treasures exhibition.

Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan

Saturday 30 September 2006 - Sunday 14 January 2007

Pakistan's new miniature art movement is experiencing a spectacular revival around the world. Beyond the Page brings eight of the most prestigious artists trained in Pakistan to Manchester Art Gallery, as part of the Festival of Muslim Cultures 2006.

Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba, Happy New Year II

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba

Saturday 23 February 2008 - Sunday 1 June 2008

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba is one of the most exciting Asian artists to have emerged in recent years. This retrospective is his first major UK exhibition.

Joe Colombo

Joe Colombo: Inventing the Future

Saturday 2 December 2006 - Sunday 25 February 2007

Televisions that retract into the ceiling, pivoting walls with a built-in mini bar, underground 'nuclear cities' – the work of the 1960s Italian designer Joe Colombo could easily have emerged from the set of a contemporary James Bond film. This is the first international retrospective of Colombo's influential work.

Scarf by Georgina von Etzdorf

Georgina von Etzdorf: 25 years of sensuous textiles

Saturday 23 September 2006 - Sunday 12 November 2006

This exhibition celebrates 25 years of inspiring textiles by Georgina von Etzdorf, one the UK's most influential design labels.

Richard Bannister with his Inspired by painting

Inspired by...

Tuesday 20 May 2008 - Sunday 20 July 2008

See the 10 winning art works from our Inspired by... competition displayed alongside the original works that inspired them.

Boat: Hong Kong (detail) by Liam Spencer, 2005

Liam Spencer: From Manchester to Shanghai

Saturday 8 July 2006 - Sunday 24 September 2006

From Manchester to Shanghai is a major retrospective of paintings by the popular Manchester artist Liam Spencer. As well as his most well known pictures of Manchester scenes, the exhibition also includes recent paintings of New York and Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.

Che Guevara, Havana by Rene Burri, 1963

René Burri: Retrospective 1950 - 2000

Saturday 23 September 2006 - Sunday 12 November 2006

Swiss born René Burri is one of the world's greatest living photographers. From his famous portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso to his iconic pictures of Sao Paolo and Brasilia, his work captures almost all the major political, historical and cultural events and key figures of the second half of the 20th century.

Miffy holding paintbrushes

Happy Birthday Miffy!

Saturday 15 April 2006 - Sunday 3 September 2006

This family friendly exhibition celebrates Miffy, the iconic bunny rabbit created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Now celebrating her 50th birthday, Miffy is a worldwide phenomenon loved by children, teenagers and nostalgic adults alike.

Overneath (detail) by Pae White, 2005

Pae White: in no particular order

Saturday 1 July 2006 - Sunday 3 September 2006

In no particular order is the first solo exhibition in the UK by California-based artist Pae White. Cascading waterfalls of multi-coloured paper, delicate wire bird cages suspended above pools of coloured light and 21st century tapestries create a stunning visual experience in the gallery.

The Irish Girl, Ford madox Brown, detail

Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer

Saturday 24 September 2011 - Sunday 29 January 2012
£8 (£6 concessions). Free entry for under 18s and Manchester Art Gallery Friends

MIF 2011

11 Rooms - Group Show

Saturday 9 July 2011 - Sunday 17 July 2011