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Saturday, September 19, 2020

New Exhibitions at The Whitworth


Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art
14 February 2020 – 14 June 2020
This exhibition brings together the work of six artists – Joe Beedles, James Desser, Amy Ellison, Frances Heap, Andrew Johnstone and John Powell-Jones, initially responding to The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection (MKOAC), housed at the Whitworth. The MKOAC is the largest collection of ‘Outsider Art’ in a public gallery in the UK and features work by artists who are self-taught and have been historically marginalised from the art world.
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Image: Image: Andrew Johnstone, Untitled, 2019

Until 27 September 2020
Utopia is, at its essence, about creating a perfect world, yet in this way, it is always in opposition with the present.

This exhibition crosses genres, media and timeframes to provide a playful and provocative framework for probing how Britain’s literary and visual culture has perpetuated an idea of a utopian society that fosters nostalgic yearnings for a seemingly lost past.

Within the exhibition, Whitworth Young Contemporaries have created a space that uses the Whitworth’s collection to start a conversation on what utopian-thinking looks like for young people today.

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Image: Map from Thomas More’s Utopia (1518), Courtesy the John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester

Tinkering Studio
February Half Term
Monday 17 to Friday 21 February 2020
Each day, 10am-2pm
Free, no need to book
A hands on, creative studio for trying out ideas and playing with materials. Throughout the week, our studio will be full of nuts, bolts, tools and other interesting objects to use to explore and create. Slow down and immerse yourself in a space where art and engineering meet.
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Standardisation and Deviation: The Whitworth Story
Until June 2021
Founded in 1889 through Sir Joseph Whitworth’s legacy, the Whitworth was established to honour one of Britain’s greatest mechanical engineers. A proponent of standardisation, Sir Joseph revolutionised precision engineering through his development of interchangeable parts in machinery.
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Image: Albrecht Dürer, Melancholia, 1514
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

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